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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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , workforce , Veterans Day

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

Feds & Politics: Neutral or Neutered?

The election is over and whether your candidate won or lost you can't miss those 24/7 political ads on TV, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But now that it's over, do you feel that laws regulating your political activities as federal employees helped or hurt you?

Tags: Mike Causey , Election 2012 , workforce

Friday - 11/09/2012, 02:00am EST

4 more years, but not like the last 4, OK?

Federal and postal unions that solidly backed the President's re-election bid hope their steadfast support - even after a two-year pay freeze - will pay off in 2013, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Election 2012 , management

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 02:00am EST

Presidential surprises - don't be surprised!

Presidents, whether they are re-elected lame ducks or first-time occupants of the White House, change when in office. They don't always live up to the expectations of the people who put them there or who worked hard to defeat him. Civil servants know that better than most, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , 2012 election , workforce

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 02:00am EST

Nervous about November? Boss-watching could be key

Want to know who's going to win the November election? Forget about the Beltway-bound pundits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check with career civil servants who have been watching their political masters for signs of fear or euphoria...

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

Friday - 08/24/2012, 02:00am EDT
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