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Best time to retire: Not now!

The combination of buyouts, a surge in baby boomer retirements and a hostile Congress may make this the worst year, maybe ever, to consider retiring, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , retention , hiring , buyouts , RIFs , OPM , retirement , NARFE

Friday - 03/09/2012, 02:00am EST

Life in the SES: Star track or Star Trek?

Members of the SES are under attack from politicians, think tankers and the media for their lack of mobility more than half have never changed jobs. To which Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: Let's consider the source, as in look who's talking ...

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

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:00am EST

Unofficial quotas: Fact or fiction

Is there a silent and invisible quota system operating in your agency? If so, it could be costing some of the government's best and brightest money and hurt their future job opportunities, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Pay raise or retiree COLA: Timing is everything!

Worried about another pay freeze next year? Thinking about retiring to get a cost of living adjustment? Timing is everything, and for some people its already too late, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , benefits , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , buyouts , pay free , pay raise , COLA

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 02:00am EST

Tax-free investment option R U ready?

How would you like it if your Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals were tax-free? Well, get ready because the tax-free end-of-the-rainbow Roth option is coming to your optional retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , TSP , Mike Causey , Roth TSP

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 02:00am EST

Everybody's got a price: What's yours?

They say that everybody's got a price, so what's yours? What would it take for Uncle Sam to convince you to retire? Because you may be facing that decision soon, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Monday - 02/27/2012, 02:00am EST

A double-header brain drain

Ever hear of a double-header brain drain? The government is losing two of its best to retirement this month. Odds are they've touched your life, whether you are in a federal agency or a foxhole 3,000 miles away, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , TSP , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Tom Trabucco , Mike Causey , Penny Moran

Friday - 02/24/2012, 02:00am EST

Your guide to the chamber of horrors

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

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:00am EST

The worst is (probably) yet to come

Congress hit future federal workers with a new higher pension tax. For current workers, there is no change but that could have been a warning shot across the bow, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 02:00am EST

William Henry Harrison Day again?

Happy William Henry Harrison day. Actually this holiday, officially known as Washington's Birthday Holiday, has been hijacked by merchants hoping you might buy more if it honored more people. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it'll always be GWs birthday to him, and Martha.

Tags: Mike Causey , William Henry Harrison , pay and benefits , President

Monday - 02/20/2012, 02:00am EST
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