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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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , Open Season , FEHBP

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

Health premiums: It pays to go postal

The health-insurance hunting season ends next Monday. When shopping around, this is a case where it pays to go postal if you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , Open Season , FEHBP

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 02:00am EST

A last-minute and very real pension threat

The next couple of weeks will be make or break time for federal workers and retirees as Congress flounders for a way to put the brakes on before the government goes off the infamous fiscal cliff. Among the endangered species: your future retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , federal report , Congress , workforce

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 02:00am EST

Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn't the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , Open Season , Walt Francis

Monday - 12/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Secret retirement bonus plan

Did you hear about the secret retirement- incentive plan in Congress? It would give you a cash buyout, and add five years to your age and years of service in order to boost your annuity. It is perfect in its simplicity except for one vexing detail - it's not true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , Triple Nickel , Congress

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:00am EST
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