Mike Causey’s Federal Report

Mike Causey

Bad news trumps good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says federal civil servants are more often than not drawn to bad news about their jobs.

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Pay & Benefits

  • Five Strategies for the Superachiever About to Retire

    This week on ForYourBenefit, our hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Christina Eanes, lifelong superachiever, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and author of Quit Bleeping Around: 77 Secrets to Superachieving.

    January 23, 2017

  • Are pay and hiring freezes on the way?

    Greg Stanford, director of government affairs for the Federal Managers Association, joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about the potential for pay and hiring freezes under a Trump administration.

  • The pros and cons of TSP loans

    Tom Walker, a chartered federal employee benefits consultant and founder of Walker Capital Preservation Group, Inc., details what employees need to consider before taking a loan from their retirement savings account.

  • Tammy Flanagan: Changes ahead for feds’ pension plan?

    The defined pension plan has been a remarkably durable feature of federal civil service for a long time. But noise coming from the 115th Congress suggests big changes for the pension system. Higher employee contributions and even ending the defined benefit pension plan altogether are on the table. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, shares her insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • DoD solidifies plans to simplify byzantine reserve benefit system

    DoD presented a plan to lawmakers last month to consolidate 32 reserve duty statuses into just four. For years reservists received differing pay and benefits depending on which of the duty statuses their orders fell under, causing a bureaucratic mess and gaps in benefits.

  • DoD fix to repay improperly withheld taxes from some veterans’ disability payments

    Defense legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in December will reverse decades-old mistake of tax withholding from veterans with combat-related disabilities.

  • Brenton Smith: Return Social Security to its roots to fix it

    The Congressional Budget Office recently published its annual predictions for Social Security. No surprise, it found the cherished program will go broke in a few years, unless Congress changes the rules or raises taxes. Brenton Smith, founder of an organization called Fix Social Security Now, isn’t so sure. He’s been studying the program for years and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some ideas.

  • Re-engineering VA MAS program to deliver best value for veterans

    Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, discusses a critical issue driving unnecessary costs and other inefficiencies in the government’s purchase of products, including pharmaceuticals.

  • New Beginnings for a New Year

    At the dawn of a new year, celebrate new beginnings with FEDtalk this Friday. January 13, 2017

  • What is GovLoop Academy?

    This week on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins and co-host Bob Braunstein welcome Hannah Moss, Senior Editor and Project Manager at GovLoop, to the studio.

    January 16, 2016