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Phased retirement: An ageless perk?

You don't have to be popping 50-plus vitamins or checking out the early-bird dinner special to be excited by the government's new phased retirement program, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It has some potential benefits for both beginning feds and people in mid-career too.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Is it for you?

The idea of easing into retirement working three or four days a week is appealing to a lot of people. Now it is a reality for thousands of government workers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But does the new phased retirement program make sense for you? And are you even eligible?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , phased retirement , Bob Braunstein

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Vacationing politicians vs. furloughed feds

What's the difference between an elected politician and a career civil servant? When politicians take time off they get paid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, whereas feds who don't work don't.

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , furloughs , workforce

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Washington D.C.: Land of the Brie, Home of the Knave

People in Washington, D.C., aren't always the friendliest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that because the headquarters of most federal agencies are here? Is it because Congress is here? Did each state and each congressional district conspire to send us the 535 people they definitely don't want hanging around at home?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Washington D.C.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

Light traffic today? Blame the F word

If traffic is a little light today, don't credit it entirely to the weather or people on alternative work schedules. In many places you can chalk it up to the presence of the F-word, which is becoming part of the deal if you work for Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , furloughs , Furlough Friday

Friday - 07/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Enjoying your day off?

Are you enjoying your day off? So is Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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Thursday - 07/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

It's not just about spending!

Most politicians say they want a leaner, more efficient government. That they want to eliminate waste and duplication. Many of them actually mean it, unless it comes to a program or facility based in their home state or congressional district.

Tags: budget , HUD , Mike Causey ,

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiring: Pays to plan ahead...

The No. 1 complaint people have after retiring is how long it takes them to get the first full annuity payment. Depending on a lot of things it can take anywhere from a couple of months to more than a year.

Tags: Mike Causey , workofrce , retirement , OPM , retirement backlog , NARFE , David Snell

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiring someday? A word to the wise

There are some things that many of us only do once. That includes retiring and dying. So it pays to get it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement

Monday - 07/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

A friendly home invasion

The sad truth is that a lot of you aren't going to be around this time next week. You will be away. Not that kind of away, but away from the office, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we'd like to be home with you.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 06/28/2013, 02:00am EDT
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