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House to vote on federal pay freeze extension

The House is scheduled to vote on a bill on Wednesday to extend the civilian federal pay freeze another year — through 2013.

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:36am EST

National Guard, Reserves to play key role in reducing size of military

The National Guard and Reserve will be key to implementing the Pentagon's plans for "reversible" cuts to military ground forces, the Defense Department's top policy official said Monday. DoD is still trying to figure out the best ways to keep at least part of the reserve component in an operational status after 10 years of war.

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 05:17am EST
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CBO: Feds earn 16 percent more in pay, benefits than private-sector workers

Federal employees are paid 16 percent more in total compensation — a combination of pay and benefits — than their private-sector counterparts, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. The pay and benefits gap was not evident across the board, but stratified by educational attainment.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 07:49pm EST

The thumb of all fears

Congress is about to deal you a hand you won't like, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what if you could pick your predicament? What's the lesser of evils that may be coming your way?

Monday - 01/30/2012, 02:00am EST

Raises, bases are potential victims of DoD budget cuts

The Pentagon begins the process of revealing its budget plan for fiscal year 2013. The proposal includes the scaling back of several weapons systems, savings on personnel costs, along with an assurance from top DoD officials that even though the military will be smaller, it will be more agile and more capable.

Friday - 01/27/2012, 11:31am EST
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Diet pensions on the menu?

While many federal workers are worried about their future retirement benefits, some experts say that a possible change in pension rules wouldn't be that big a deal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports ... or would it?

Friday - 01/27/2012, 02:00am EST

The Biggest Loser — fed version

Many times in life we are faced with options — sometimes a variety — and none of them are good. That's definitely true for current and retired federal government workers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 02:00am EST

Federal pay and benefits caught (again) in payroll tax, budget talks

Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan and Federal Times senior writer Sean Reilly will explain how feds could be affected by cuts to the federal budget.
January 25, 2012

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 10:19pm EST
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Washington freezes, San Diego sneezes

When there is a major weather event in the Washington, D.C., area, feds in other cities watch, in horror and/or amusement. Like Monday when OPM tested its brand-new foul weather policy, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 02:00am EST

Payroll tax negotiations reopen: Are feds' pay and benefits safe?

Negotiations to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more kicked off on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with both sides optimistic of an agreement despite last year's bitter battles over President Barack Obama's jobs proposals.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 06:38pm EST

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

A couple of weeks back, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote a rare "this-is-good-news" column about federal workers. He would now like to withdraw that column and apologize for what turned out to be irrational exuberance.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 02:00am EST

Looking ahead: What should feds expect in 2012?

John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service, Jessie Klement of the Federal Managers Association, Beth Moten of the American Federation of Government Employees will talk about the proposed federal pay freeze and other issues affecting federal employees.
January 20, 2011

Saturday - 01/21/2012, 12:16am EST
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What's in store for feds in 2012?

National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelly and Federal Times reporters Sean Reilly and Andy Medici will discuss some of the big issues affecting government workers.
January 18, 2012

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 09:30pm EST
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The lessons and legacy of NSPS

The Defense Department's long experiment in a pay-for-performance system was supposed to provide a model for the rest of government. Instead, after six years and protracted legal battles, the National Security Personnel System. was abolished by Congress. With more than 225,000 employees, who were once covered by the system, now converted back to the General Schedule, Federal News Radio examines the lessons learned and legacy of NSPS.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 03:02pm EST

'Jaws 4' coming: Guess who's bait?

There is a new "Jaws 4" movie taking shape and federal and postal workers may play prominent roles as the primary bait. Check it out, if you dare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 02:00am EST

Cummings: Fight ahead for federal pay raise

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, anticipates strong opposition to President Obama's promised 0.5 percent pay increase for federal employees.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 11:29am EST
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From insulted to grateful, feds react to proposed 0.5 percent pay raise

Federal employees had mixed reactions to the administration's proposed 0.5 percent pay raise for feds starting in 2013.

Monday - 01/09/2012, 01:41pm EST

White House proposes 0.5 percent pay raise for feds in 2013

As part of its 2013 budget proposal, the White House will include a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees, according to an administration official.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 12:45pm EST

Perfect storm: Your buyout lifeboat

That wave you see out there just could be the long-anticipated retirement tsunami, and if coupled with expanded buyout offers it could create the perfect storm, Senor Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, is your lifeboat ready?

Friday - 01/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Holiday workers: Having the right stuff

What kind of people worked during the dead-zone period between Christmas and New Year's? their reasons and motives might surprise you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 02:02am EST
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