Pay & Benefits

  • February is many things to many people....but according to Mike Causey it is Round Up The Usual Suspects time for the federal pay and fringe benefit front...

    February 01, 2008
  • A well-known federal benefits expert retired some years ago after a successful career. He said he wanted to travel, study, relax . . . but most of all find out what his dog does all day at home. For this, and the other mysteries of retirement, check out Mike\'s column today.

    January 31, 2008
  • Guess who got a very quiet 38+ percent raise last year? We start out by eliminating you, so the next logical person is -- would you believe -- the Postmaster General: leader of the nation\'s army of postal clerks and carriers. Mike Causey explains what happened.

    January 30, 2008
  • Is it a shot in the arm or a kick in the rear? The \"it,\" of course, is the proposed $600 to $1,200 rebates Congress and the White House are talking about. So, if it happens, who gets what? Mike Causey asks if it\'s an economic stimulus or a pre-election bribe.

    January 29, 2008
  • Do you know why Montanans claim that it is illegal to swat a fly in North Dakota? We didn\'t either until readers bombarded us with regional jokes.

    January 28, 2008
  • Many financial forecasters and news organizations predicted that Tuesday would be Black Tuesday, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it was more like Puce Tuesday.

    January 25, 2008
  • Defense Department workers under the new NSPS system will be getting their pay raises today and most of them, according to Mike Causey, will like what they see.

    January 24, 2008
  • Just because part of every column is labeled \"useless\" doesn\'t mean it\'s not popular. That\'s why Senior Correspondent Mike Causey\'s plea for help won\'t go unanswered.

    January 23, 2008
  • When it comes to health safety nets, federal and postal workers are in good shape even when they retire or leave government for another job.

    January 22, 2008
  • Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, holidays have never been the same. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks about the brave new world.

    January 21, 2008
  • Over the past ten years many federal-postal-military investors have played it safe by investing in the TSP\'s G-fund. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks is it risky to play it safe?

    January 18, 2008
  • Have you ever thought of commuting by canoe? It\'s been done you know, and now more feds than ever before are spending so much time on the road Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says they call it \'From Here To Eternity\'.

    January 17, 2008
  • Thanks to its super-low handling fees, nearly a million federal/postal retirees have left their money in the Thrift Savings Plan when they retired. Mike Causey explains why Wall Street hates your TSP.

    January 16, 2008
  • Many big city feds know, or work with, or are, the Long Ranger. These are people who commute 100 or even 200 miles a day. The bad news is they burn up a lot of time and expensive gas, but they may be making it up in pay and pension benefits.

    January 15, 2008

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