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Divorce, federal style

Why is it that some federal workers will never retire? They plan to work till they drop, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is it love of the job, patriotism, friends at work or is it the ex-spouse lurking out there?...

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , Voluntary Contributions , David Snell , NARFE

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fed haven for mad money

If you have a stash of cash and you want to park it in one of the safest, most generous places around, where do you go? Tip: It isn't the Thrift Savings Plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , TSP , Voluntary Contributions , CSRS , Tammy Flanagan

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

The secret truth behind performance ratings?

When it comes time for your performance rating, do you ever feel like the honest, hard-working kid in the boxing movie who gets a shot at the title, only to be told that he must take a dive, or else? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are your agency performance ratings rigged?

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

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Are you better off now than you were two years ago?

Thanks to the two-year pay freeze and two years of higher health premiums many federal workers today are taking home less money than they were in 2010, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some alert feds are also curious as to whether Congress has plans to extend their pay freeze until 2013, 2014 or maybe even until 2015.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , Mike Causey , Congress , annuity , COLA , pay freeze , FERS , CSRS

Monday - 04/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Swing-dancing feds: One step forward, two steps back

When you think of federal workers, the term "swinger" isn't the first thing that pops into your head. But after some of the changes politicians want to make, anything could happen.

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

Friday - 03/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

The 32 top-dollar cities for feds

When it comes to salaries, not all federal workers are created equal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. What you get paid depends on where you work. So what are the top 32 federal pay towns?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , workforce , locality pay , Federal Salary Council

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Living on 1/3 of your income

Thinking about retiring in the next couple of years? Well, here's something to think about, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: How long and how well could you live if your income was cut by more than 60 percent for months at a time?

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

Monday - 03/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Making love and buyouts the connection

So, what's the connection between making love and getting a buyout? Technique, frequency and careful preparation are central to both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how did federal agencies score this year?

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

Friday - 03/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

Feds: Is that a dust cloud or the Mongol horde?

What do you suppose 13th-century peasants thought just before Genghis Khan's boys rode into town? We can't be sure, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it might be the same sort of unease modern-day federal workers have when Congress mounts its high horse ...

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

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

Retiring and skydiving: Do it right the first time

What do skydiving and retiring have in common? Short answer is that many people only do each once, and it is a really good idea to do it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 02:00am EDT
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