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Survivor Island: 2013

If you want to survive the next four years of service with a new political boss, there are six tips you need to know and practice. Remember he or she is temporary, but be sure you outlast the boss, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: workforce , management , political appointees , Mike Causey , Carol Bonosaro

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 02:00am EST

Surviving a second term

Even with threats of budget cuts and sequestration, the jobs of the vast majority of career civil servants are safe, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But if you are one of Obama's 8,000 political appointees, a second term could be the end of act three for a lot of them.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , management , political appointees

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 02:00am EST

King Solomon maybe, Judge Judy not so much...

How does a recent contract arbitration between the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers take a page from King Solomon? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , USPS , NALC

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 02:00am EST

How essential are you, really?

Federal workers with long memories can remember a time when most of them were considered to be nonessential, and when Washington area civil servants got a special holiday every four years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check out inaugurations then and now.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Inauguration 2013

Monday - 01/21/2013, 02:00am EST

Survival and madness in DC

If you live in the D.C. area, you either are from somewhere else or you know lots of people who hail from other parts of the country. Places where schools never close because of the weather and people grin and bear it even if they must commute on snowshoes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Here, not so much...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , OPM

Friday - 01/18/2013, 02:00am EST

Government shutdown and the G Fund

Just about every federal investor knows that the super-safe, never-has-a-bad day Treasury securities G Fund is the place to be when times are tough, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if Uncle Sam loses the ability to borrow in order to pay off debts? Where should G Fund investors go?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , TSP , debt limit , G Fund

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 02:00am EST

Nest egg blueprint: Measure twice, cut once

Thousands of feds who bailed out of the TSP stock funds during the depths of the recession are now wondering whether they should come back and if so how. For a look at what might have been, and what you can still do, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

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

Friday - 01/11/2013, 02:00am EST

Investing via rearview mirror

While most of us invest for the future, the majority of people chart their course by looking backward, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out for you?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , benefits , TSP , Arthur Stein

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 02:00am EST

Piece-of-cake advice for million-dollar nest egg: Just buy low and sell high!

Turning your Thrift Savings Plan into a million-dollar nest egg is simple enough. Invest as much as you can to get the government match and then be sure to buy low (when the market has hit bottom) and be prepared to sell high (when it's peaked). How do you do that? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

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

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 02:00am EST

Life after retirement, sex after marriage?

Since the dawn of civilization, mankind (and womankind too) has been vexed by two burning questions: Is there sex after marriage and is their life after retirement? For the correct answer check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report today.

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

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 02:00am EST
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