Federal Report

  • $hrinking buyouts: An offer you can’t refuse?

    Do you have something that is shrinking with age? If you are with the Postal Service, its the size of your buyouts, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are getting smaller all the time. Is this a trend feds in other agencies need to watch? Is it the precursor of an offer you can’t refuse.

  • Pay or pension: Back to the future

    Two years into a three-year pay freeze, thousands of retirement-eligible feds are doing the math and concluding that maybe they would be better off retired and getting inflation adjustments rather than working at their 2010 salary rate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what’s in it for you?

  • Job jitters

    Worried about Congress changing your retirement benefits? If so, that should be the least of your worries, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • IFVs — Feds as the ultimate swingers!

    With just weeks until election day, take time out to consider what may be one of the largest most-likely-to-vote bloc of voters that is mostly underneath the political radar. Meet the IFVs (Invisible Federal Voters). And check out their numbers in critical swing vote states.

  • Uncle Sam as Freddy Krueger

    What do Uncle Sam and horror-movie star Freddy Krueger have in common? Not much, fortunately. But that could all change if an 8 percent cut kicks in Jan. 3 forcing furloughs curtailed services that impact everything from tax returns and Social Security claims to airline travel, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Bonus Christmas holiday?

    Christmas this year falls on a Tuesday. This means that the day before the Christmas holiday, Christmas Eve, will be Monday, Dec. 24th. Hmmmm! So what happens on Monday, Dec. 24th? We don’t know yet, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some thoughts on the matter.

  • Sequestration threat revives the F-word

    As the make-or-break sequestration deadline draws closer, top federal officials are increasingly using (or at least thinking) the F-word, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Health premiums, unions & politics

    Federal workers got their first good news in four years last week. But it is hard to find anybody dancing in the street over news that their health premiums are only going up a little, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Federal Drive interviews – September 24

    On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Health plans: The law of averages

    When shopping for your family’s 2013 federal health plan, even as you enter year three of a pay freeze, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.