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Health premiums: Easy on the wallet

Can you stand a little good news? Do you remember how to react to it? The good news is that health insurance premiums in the FEHBP are only going up an average of 3.8 percent next year. That's almost half the increase in 2011. Check out what you will be paying next year, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , healthcare , healthcare premiums , OPM

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 02:04am EDT

Congressional Food Fight: Scraps For Feds

If Congress forces another government shutdown an estimated 20,000 will need to apply for $16.5 million in emergency loans, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 02:01am EDT

Feds: Knights In Teflon Armor

What do modern federal workers have in common with St. Joan of Arc who was, by the way, burned at the stake? The answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, is that both managed to maintain a good attitude during some very trying times.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce

Monday - 09/26/2011, 02:09am EDT

Buyouts about to jumpstart

Thanks to congressional inability to approve budgets, federal agencies must make decisions quickly on whether to offer buyouts and early retirements within the next few weeks, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report , retirement , buyout

Friday - 09/23/2011, 02:10am EDT

Less Painful Pain Pills

Why is it that when many federal workers and retirees take a pill for a headache, sinus or their blood pressure they also feel a pain in the butt? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says its all about the high price of prescription drugs.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , health care , OPM , supercommittee , FEHBP

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 02:05am EDT

Feds facing diet paycheck

The plan to require feds to pay more for their pensions is a blow to your take-home pay, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it could have been and may yet be a lot worse.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , FERS

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 02:19am EDT

Praying For A Pay Freeze?

Things are looking pretty bad for federal workers and retirees. How bad, you ask? So bad, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, that the best thing that could happen to you would be yet another pay freeze.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , supercommittee , budget , Congress

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 02:05am EDT

Share-the-pain list out today

According to certain twisted history buffs, somebody in April, 1865, asked Mrs. Abraham Lincoln how the liked the play at Ford's Theater. Federal workers may appreciate the irony of that sick joke later on today, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal-Postal Coalition , super committee , Mike Causey , Federal Report , COLA , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , Congress

Monday - 09/19/2011, 02:02am EDT

Nip and Tuck or Guillotine Time?

It's showtime for Congress, the White House and members of the federal family. Odds are, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, you are not going to like what you see and hear for the next couple of weeks.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , budget , debt ceiling , Congress , White House

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 04:00am EDT
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