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Senate rejects pay freeze amendment to transportation bill

The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Unofficial quotas: Fact or fiction

Is there a silent and invisible quota system operating in your agency? If so, it could be costing some of the government's best and brightest money and hurt their future job opportunities, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck?

For federal workers traveling through the congressional tunnel: Is that light they see sunshine or an oncoming train wreck? Either way their journey isn't over by a long shot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 02:00am EST

Pay raise or retiree COLA: Timing is everything!

Worried about another pay freeze next year? Thinking about retiring to get a cost of living adjustment? Timing is everything, and for some people its already too late, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 02:00am EST

Any good news in fed pay and benefits proposals?

Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss recent proposals affecting federal employees' pay and benefits.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 06:42pm EST
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Your guide to the chamber of horrors

Thanks to the two-year pay freeze and two years of higher health premiums many federal workers today are taking home less money than they were in 2010, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some alert feds are also curious as to whether Congress has plans to extend their pay freeze until 2013, 2014 or maybe even until 2015.

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:00am EST

Obama signs payroll tax cut extension into law

The administration estimates that for a worker earning 50,000 a year, the tax holiday means $80 a month in extra take-home pay. For better-paid employees, the bonus could total $2,200 a year.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:18pm EST

The worst is (probably) yet to come

Congress hit future federal workers with a new higher pension tax. For current workers, there is no change but that could have been a warning shot across the bow, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 02:00am EST

Congress targets federal workers for savings

Federal workers have become the go-to targets as Congress, and the White House, search for ways to lower the deficit, pay for tax cuts and put off looming reductions to defense spending.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 01:00pm EST

It could have been worse. Really?

Federal workers who have been paying attention to the various plans to have them finance unemployment benefits, highways and tax cuts must be confused, if not in a state of shock, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Could it be that the only people who are happy are those who haven't been paying attention?

Friday - 02/17/2012, 02:00am EST

Congress to feds: We feel your pain

Over 20 bills affecting federal employees' pay, benefits, and pensions have been introduced by members of Congress in the past year. Federal employees tell Federal News Radio those are the kinds of things directly affecting their morale and motivation. What does Congress think about that? Federal News Radio asks both Republicans and Democrats as part of our series, "Managing Morale."

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:10am EST

Congress plays tug-of-war over federal benefits

Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins, Senior Writer Sean Reilly,and NARFE Legislative Director Julie Tagen will discuss how government employees will be affected by proposed cuts to the federal budget.
February 15, 2012

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 09:28pm EST
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Fed pay: Measure twice, cut once

When it comes to figuring out whether federal workers are overpaid or underpaid both sides need to remember the basic carpenters rule: Measure twice, cut once. How come? Sometimes when doing complex math even the experts get it wrong, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says even rocket scientists.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds as reluctant swingers

When you think of federal workers, the term "swinger' isn't the first thing that pops into your head. But after some of the changes politicians want to make, anything could happen.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST

Updated: DoD to quadruple TRICARE fees for higher-earning retirees

The personnel proposals included in the 2013 Defense Department budget include hikes to healthcare fees, cutbacks in both uniformed and civilian personnel. DoD also plans to save money through continued efficiencies and plans to increase the acquisition workforce.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:27pm EST
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Pay raise, increased retirement contributions in President's FY2013 budget request

President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget request released today ends the two-year federal pay freeze but increases contributions feds will have to make toward their retirement benefits.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 01:50pm EST

Closing the 'gap' gap

White-collar federal workers on average are either overpaid by about 16 percent or paid an average of 26.3 percent less compared to their private-sector counterparts. Those numbers confirm that there is a pay gap. But that's about it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Could they both be right? Or wrong?

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:00am EST

Will fed's benefits change in 2012?

American Federation of Government Employees President Jacque Simon will discuss whether your federal pay and benefits will be cut this year.
February 8, 2012

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:12pm EST
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Congress and you what could possibly go wrong?

A federal worker, who boxed in college and the Army, says in the last two years he's gone from a happy-go-lucky fed to feeling like he's fighting two opponents and the referee, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. So can this get any worse? Short answer, maybe.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 02:00am EST

Not your father's pay raise

Federal workers are considered lucky that the White House wants them to have a 0.5 percent raise next January. But what would G-men and women of your Mom or Dad's era have said to a pay raise of that new word minatude, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 02:00am EST
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