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Living With Gadget Creep

Are electronic gizmos and communications aides making work life better and more productive or do you find yourself distracted, tired and nervous in the civil service? Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know your thoughts.

Tags: Mike Causey , technology , mobile , Workforce

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 02:05am EST

Worry, Yes. Panic, Not So Much...

For years, politicians from both parties have threatened to trim federal benefits, like retirement and health insurance, but nothing has happened. In today's guest column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks benefits expert John Grobe to talk about the history and future of federal benefits.

Tags: Mike Causey , retirement , John Grobe , Congress

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 02:14am EST

A big holiday thanks to federal workers

Whatever your reason for working this holiday, be assured that Senior Correspondent Mike Causey feels your pain, but thankfully from afar.

Tags: Mike Causey , Christmas , holiday workers , Workforce

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 02:44am EST

Home alone - federal style

The second most trying time in government starts today and runs through the start of the new year. It is a time when many offices are deserted and those with people resemble the Village of the Damned. Check it out, if you dare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workplace , holiday workers , Workforce

Monday - 12/24/2012, 02:17am EST

Monday holiday rumor accurate - up to a point!

The Thursday morning news seemed too good to be true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. A major D.C. newspaper was reporting that federal workers would get Monday Dec. 24, the day before Christmas, off. The word spread quickly until people read the fine print. And the name of the president.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Workforce , Christmas Eve , bonus holiday

Friday - 12/21/2012, 02:00am EST

'Twas the Day Before Christmas

Finally, an opinion poll we can believe in: We asked feds if they wanted and thought they deserved to get the day before Christmas as a bonus holiday. No margin of error nonsense here, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The answer is yes, yes and again, yes.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Christmas Eve , bonus holiday

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:00am EST

FERS for dummies

The new Federal Employees Retirement System is suddenly not so new. It turned 25 this year. And next to Social Security, it is the dominant federal retirement program. So how did FERS happen, and why? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , FERS: 25 Years Later , retirement , CSRS

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 02:54am EST

The New Fed: Superhero or 24/7 puppet?

Uncle Sam is evolving rapidly in the high-tech and mobility world. But is that always a good thing? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Has it turned civil servants into workout superheroes or are they becoming 24/7 puppets?

Tags: Mike Causey , mobile , Gov 3.0: Its Mobile

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Health plans: The end is near - like today

Usually when people say the end is near, they are either kidding or wrong. But if you are in the federal health program or would like to join up the end is near. As in today. Still looking for the best deal? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's "best buy" shopping list, especially if you are married to another federal worker.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , open season , Walt Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

Monday - 12/10/2012, 02:00am EST

Your health plan and the Nixon curse

Did you ever hear of the Nixon curse? Are you sick of having people push you to shop around for a health insurance plan? If so, rejoice, because Monday is the deadline for picking your 2013 health plan. After that, you won't have all those confusing options to kick around anymore for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , FEHBP

Friday - 12/07/2012, 02:00am EST
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