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Two's a couple, three's a family!

Whether your family consists of just a husband or you have 18 dependents, a family is a family as far as Uncle Sam is concerned. And that ticks off couples who resent paying the same health premiums as those charged a large family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that right?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , David Snell

Monday - 11/26/2012, 02:00am EST

Help out a fellow fed

It's great to donate money to starving children overseas and to support charities, hospitals and rescue animals. But there are times when there is nothing wrong with turning inward and helping people, even fellow federal workers and retirees, closer to home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Like now...

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Hurricane Sandy , FEEA

Friday - 11/23/2012, 02:00am EST

Warm and fuzzy on Turkey Day

This is one of those very special warm and fuzzy holidays so today Senior Correspondent Mike Causey gets about as warm and fuzzy as you would like. And don't worry, it's OK if the kids see this column.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Thanksgiving

Thursday - 11/22/2012, 02:00am EST

Your other health plan option - failure

In inspirational movies, a heroic general often says things like, "failure is not an option." And that's silly, of course, because failure is always an option and that's especially true for millions of current and former federal workers - some of whom are sleepwalking their way through the health insurance hunting season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 02:00am EST

Health insurance and the single life

When it comes to picking a federal health plan, two cannot live as cheaply as one - you want to be the Lone Ranger, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , federal report , benefits , FEHB , health insurance , Walt Francis

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Health premiums - Some agencies provide missing link

What do the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration and the Defense Intelligence Agency have in common? Although their missions are very different, they are among the 40-plus agencies that are shelling out time and money to make it easier for their employees to pick the best health plan for 2013.

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

Monday - 11/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Bonus Christmas holiday ... Is it a go?

Forget about the recession in Europe, the civil war in Syria, high-level romances and tons of emails from a general to a pal. It is time to get up close and personal and ask the all-important question: Are federal workers going to get the day off on the Monday before Christmas? Inquiring minds want to know, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Christmas

Friday - 11/16/2012, 02:00am EST

Pick a health plan: Monkey, goldfish or you?

There are several ways to select your 2013 federal health plan: You can do nothing, and stay where you are. You can let your pet chimp or clever goldfish make the selection. Or, you can do a little homework and save yourself $1,000 or more next year. It's your call, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , federal report , Open Season , Walt Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 02:11pm EST

All in the family time...

It's great to donate money to starving children overseas and to support charities, hospitals and rescue animals. But there are times when there is nothing wrong with turning inward and helping people, even fellow federal workers and retirees, closer to home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Like now...

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Sandy , FEEA , NARFE , disaster relief , NTEU

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 02:00am EST

Happy Holiday - Sleep with a vet!

Quick holiday quiz: Before it was renamed and officially made a Monday holiday, what was Veterans Days called? Was it: Arbor Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Memorial Day? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column to find out.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Veterans Day

Monday - 11/12/2012, 02:00am EST
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