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Custer's last stand and your retirement

Why is your decision to retire someday, or take a buyout right away, something like the problem Gen. Custer faced during the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , pay and benefits , benefits , Mike Causey ,

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds: Aggressive pitbulls or quaking chihuahuas

Now that government workers are under attack by politicians, how much clout do federal and postal workers have, and are they going to use it in November? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey searches for answers.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , pay and benefits , Mike Causey ,

Friday - 02/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds on the road to nowhere

Congress is taking a new road, literally, in its drive to trim federal retirement benefits and force civil servants to kick in more to their pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. This time its the so-called highway bill ...

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , Mike Causey , Congress , House , Senate

Friday - 02/10/2012, 02:00am EST
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Life in the bullseye. So, what's next?

After 18 months of inactivity and extended vacation, Congress exhibited a blinding burst of speed last week before it left on yet another vacation. The bad news is that the action it took was aimed at future federal workers and you, well into your career, may be next, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 02:00am EST

Buyout barrage: Mixed blessing?

Buyouts are popping up all over the government. And even if you are not in the market, they may have an impact on your job, your promotion potential and, if you are planning to retire anyhow, how quickly you get your first full annuity payment, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , buyouts , early retirements , workforce

Monday - 03/05/2012, 02:00am EST

It's not just a phase

Does following news about the federal establishment make you depressed. Does talk about extended pay freezes and reduced retirement benefits make you nervous in the civil service? So what's preventing you from chucking it all and retiring? Do you love your job regardless or worry that you'd have nothing to do in retirement? There may be another way out, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

The future you in the mirror

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is it a dedicated IRS auditor, a serious federal agent or a compassionate VA employee? Or, do you have a Charles Dickens moment and spot the ghost of Christmas Future — you after you have retired? While feds have mostly held on to their jobs, things could change quickly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement

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

Nostradamus rides again!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has often exhibited psychic powers. Now we have proof. Read about his latest prediction and the price he paid for it.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

Shuffling the SES deck

Is your top management dead in the water? Are your SES bosses living in silos and afraid to even look outside the boss? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is shuffling the SES deck a good idea?

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

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

Buyout season winding down

Uncle Sam's five-month buyout season is about to end. So if you were thinking about leaving with a $25,000 check, grab it while you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 03/16/2012, 02:00am EDT
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