Pay & Benefits

  • When a federal union representing Defense workers, tax collectors or letter carriers endorses a presidential candidate, do you jump for joy or gnash your teeth? Mike Causey says there\'s a long history of federal unions jumping into political campaigns -- and it\'s already started this year.

    December 14, 2007
  • Most federal workers are now under the FERS retirement system and a growing number of them are suffering from what Senior \'FERS Flu\'. Meantime, some of the best minds in government are working on a possible cure.

    December 13, 2007
  • Congress, thanks to the 4-day week, didn\'t spend a lot of time this year working on legislation to help -- or harm -- federal workers. That\'s both the good news and the bad news. So what\'s the outlook for next year? Mike Causey looks at the congressional calendar.

    December 12, 2007
  • What do swallows and buzzards have to do with an allegedly new federal buyout plan? Mike Causey says the legend of the returning birds is true, but the bogus buyout package -- even though adjusted for inflation -- continues to be a myth.

    December 11, 2007
  • The expression “no brainer” is probably one of the most over-used terms (along with “at-the-end-of-the-day”) among elites in the Washington’s area’s influential/pompus government-media-legal community. That said (actually that’s another one!), virtually everybody in government has…

    December 10, 2007
  • Most people won\'t have significant medical bills next year, but there\'s a 1 to 3 percent chance you will be hit with an accident or illness that could drain $100,000 from your purse or wallet. Mike Causey says the clock is ticking . . .

    December 07, 2007
  • Looking for the perfect portfolio to fit inside your Thrift Savings Plan? Mike Causey talks with the pros about an investment model.

    December 06, 2007
  • When it comes to health insurance premiums, postal workers pay up to 50 percent less than their federal colleagues in other agencies. How come? Mike Causey says it\'s not just the uniform.

    December 05, 2007
  • It will be another three weeks - at least until Congress breaks for its Christmas holiday - before feds get a look at the new 2008 government pay scales. Congress has been out of town so much that it\'s failed to approve key tax and money bills, including one that would sweeten next year\'s raise.

    December 04, 2007
  • The federal health insurance open season ends next Monday and its your last chance to save, or lose, as much as $1,000 next year. Most retirees and many feds never change plans.

    December 03, 2007
  • The three most important things whether you are giving a government paycheck or buying or selling a house are the same: Location, location and location. So how does your city stack up in the 2008 pay raise derby?

    November 30, 2007
  • Uncle Sam is about to limit you to doing it only twice a month...the \"it\" of course is the number of times you can make trades among the stock and bond funds of your TSP...Mike Causey says its just around the corner...

    November 29, 2007
  • Millions of retired federal workers depend on the federal health plan to keep them alive -- and out of the poor house. For many retirees the most important question during this open season is this: Would it pay to enroll in Medicare Part B, as well?

    November 28, 2007
  • Want the latest on the 2008 federal pay raise, or your chances of a bonus holiday the day before Christmas? Well, you\'ve come to the wrong place because Mike Causey says he\'s like everybody else, he doesn\'t know what\'s going to happen.

    November 27, 2007