Forget the Oscars -- this one's for you!

Wednesday - 2/5/2014, 2:00am EST

As a card-carrying, dues-paying member of SAG-AFTRA, I got to vote in this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Watching the nominated movies, and voting, was a lot more fun than the last few presidential races.

Now, it is your turn...

There is another awards event that honors the people who make the government work. People like you.

We call it (blush) The Causey Awards. This is the fifth year. And while the Oscars still get most of the publicity, we are coming along strong.

Meantime, the award is designed just for feds. For people on the people- side of government.

I swear it wasn't my idea to have the awards, much less name them the Causeys. But cooler heads prevailed, the decision was made and I, being the oldest (and some would say cutest) staff member at the time, got the honor.

Nominations are now open. The awards will recognize and honor above- and-beyond-the-call-of-duty achievements in the all-important, but often overlooked, area of managing people.

While the goal of the awards is to honor people who have made a difference in the HR world, nominees can come from any skill, profession or discipline. Past winners include CIOs, an IG and a chief of staff — in addition to HR professionals.

The winners get an award for their trophy room, highly deserved recognition and lunch. On me.

So think about who you would like to see win this award and let us know by clicking here. We'll take it from there.

Job-related lawsuits

What are the odds that sometime during your federal career, somebody will sue you for work-related reasons?

Many federal professionals are aware of the lawsuit potential. Many of them have professional liability insurance. In some cases, Uncle Sam will pay half the premium.

But many feds don't consider the fact that in most cases, legal action against them may come from within their agency. Maybe even in their own office. Managers can be charged with bias or discrimination. Almost anyone, male or female, can be accused of sexual harassment or creating a hostile work environment.

So what to do? Many would recommend a specialized professional liability insurance policy. Among the best known to feds are Wilmington, Del.- based Wright and Company and FEDS (Federal Employee Defense Services), which is associated with the D.C. law firm of Shaw, Bransford & Roth.

Today on our Your Turn radio show, we'll be talking about professional liability insurance with attorneys John P. Mahoney and David Cavanaugh. Mahoney is with the Tully Rinckey Law Group. He's been handling federal employee cases for two decades. Cavanaugh, with 17 years in the business, is a vice president at FedGuard.

We'll find out who needs the insurance, how much it costs and what your odds are of being slammed by a lawsuit or grievance in which Uncle Sam says you are on your own!

Later in the show, we'll be joined by Andy Medici with the Federal Times, who will talk about the buyout offers making their way through agencies like the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency and a new service the Postal Service could offer that would help bring in more revenue.

Listen if you can (1500 AM or online), and if you have questions email them to me at mcausey@federalnewsradio.com or call in during the show at (202) 465-3080. The show will be archived here.


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