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Feds of the future: Not a pretty sight!

Here's a sobering thought: Will the federal worker of the future be a hybridized version of his or her counterpart in the U.S. Postal Service?

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Reform yoga: Bend over and smile

When your political bosses tell you to bend over and await further instructions, chances are you are about to be reformed. So if you've been there and done that, get ready for another exercise in excellence, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Home Alone -- again, please!

Remember the fable of the rabbit, trapped by a hungry fox, who begs to be punished by being thrown into the briar patch? Think of yourself as that rascally rabbit, and Congress as the hungry but not so bright fox, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We're talking about the shutdown showdown.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Forecast for feds: You're toast -- again!

If you live and work in the Washington area, are you less happy and more nervous in the civil service than your identical twin who's a fed in Indianapolis or Denver? Maybe there's a good reason, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Home Alone: What did you do during the shutdown?

Back in the day, when the draft was still around, kids used to ask, "What did you do during the war, Daddy?" Today, in major federal centers, they want to know what you were up to this time nine months ago?

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Buyouts: Here today, gone tomorrow!

Remember the buyouts of the 1990s? Maybe you were just starting out and it saved your job. Well that was then, and this is now. Forget everything you knew about buyouts and start all over again, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pending threats: Separating the sharks from the minnows

Thanks to summertime and the upcoming election, even the most anti-bureaucrat politicians have called a time out in their whack-a-fed agendas. But there are some real threats out there.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers - and retirees - these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal retirees shouldering retirement burden

What Golden Years? Today's guest column is from a retired fed who says he doesn't understand why retirees have to pay taxes to fund local public schools.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 02:22am EDT

Last days of a working fed

On your last day of work, are you going to leave a surprise gift on somebody's desk? Today's guest columnist is soon pulling the plug after nearly 27 years with Uncle Sam. So what are his thoughts?

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

The government contractor 'scam?'

In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can't stand each other. Today's guest columnist gives his view of the "scam" in his operation.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

R.O.M.E.O. without Juliet

Is there life after government service? Short answer: Yes. A retired fed tells how his agency's bureaucratic ways turned him into a late-blooming "R.O.M.E.O.," gave him a life-long friend and introduced him to the man who shared a North Vietnamese prison cell with Sen. John McCain.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

July 4 -- on a hammock or stuck at work?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey hopes you're enjoying your day. But if today finds you at work, that's good too. Maybe not for you, but certainly for us.

Friday - 07/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Cold War fed remembers: Getting through Checkpoint Charlie

During the height of the Cold War, there was only one entry-way through the Berlin Wall. Everybody had to pass through Checkpoint Charlie. That's now ancient history for some people but very real to many feds and vets who were literally on the front line, like today's guest columnist.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Cold Warrior Fed remembers: All ways to Berlin

Remember the Cold War? It seems hard to believe there was one, and to know what it was like. But today's guest column was written by a German-born DoD civilian who was back in Europe in the mid-1980s.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds and the Cold War

For a lot of people, the Cold War seems almost like a surreal event. But for decades, it was a very real, at times very hot, war. And there are probably some people in your office who are bona fide cold warriors, like today's guest columnist.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Take my job, please!

When you go from intern to top manager and then, later, to retiree, you learn a lot. Today we hear from a NARFE local president who says the phased retirement program, when it starts, could be a great thing for young workers and old-timers, too.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's your why?

What do Mary Poppins and Washington Redskins quarterback RJ Griffin III have in common? According to one Federal Report reader, the answer is: a lot

Friday - 06/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds and middle-class workers

Are things getting worse in government, or is that just your memory playing tricks? We asked a current federal employee, and he said it is going from bad to worse.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

There is life after retirement (pinch me ... am I dreaming?)

If you are contemplating retirement, there are lots of things to consider: Your health, goals, new income level and where you want to live. There is also one word you need to start using, according to a recent Forest Service retiree. That magic word: No!

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 02:00am EDT
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