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When timing is (just about) everything

A prominent retirement planner said in an ideal world, the last check you write will bounce. Meaning you got the most for your money. The problem is knowing when that day will come, and managing your finances accordingly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what to do ... ?

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

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

Should your dog see you sans pants?

Do your dog and your neighbors need to see you naked? Is the world a better place if the person next door or your brother in law, can go online and find out how much money Uncle Sam is paying you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders. Does this amount to too much information?

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

Monday - 05/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Long, hot summer for feds

Democrats control the White House and the Senate, while Republicans call the shots in the House. So what impact has divided government had on federal workers? Some people think things could be a whole lot worse if one party ran all three operations at the same time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 06/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

Back to work: A lean, mean writing machine!

Editors Note: Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote today's back-from-vacation column more than a week before he actually went on vacation. But we'll run it in confidence that he made all the improvements he had planned and returns a slimmer, smarter fighting machine.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , vacation

Monday - 07/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Friends-of-feds hard to come by

When you were little, you may have had an invisible friend, maybe a pet, a pretend brother or sister who loved you unconditionally or a superhero who defended you against bullies and monsters. Now that you are a grown-up federal worker you've graduated to new friends: invisible politicians.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Friday - 07/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Feds with phobias

If you ask the typical federal/postal worker what his or her greatest job-related fear was, many would answer they are afraid Congress will change their retirement rules and base their benefits on their highest five-year average salary. Yet the likelihood of losing the current high-three system is small compared to other, more real threats, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

July 4 breather

Are you enjoying your day off? So is Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

The good old days weren't always so good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns the column over to reader Doc frrom the Energy Department, for today's guest columnist. He's been in the private sector too, and worked overseas for Uncle Sam. And he says the good old days sometimes weren't all that good.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , Energy , EPA

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fortunate feds: Job stability, retirement and health benefits

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey once again turns over to longtime reader, Dennis S., who spent a long time with Uncle Sam and a lot of time in the private sector. He says both the government and the private sector have their upsides and downsides. But he thinks its important to appreciate what you've got and live in the moment.

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

Monday - 07/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Have you lost it yet?

Today's guest column is from Tony, an IRS employee in San Diego. He says he's loved his time with Uncle Sam, but because Congress is on the warpath against feds he can't wait to retire ... Sound familiar?

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

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 02:00am EDT
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