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Survivor: Endangered feds

For most of 2011, it looked as if federal workers were about to be bent, folded, stapled or otherwise mutilated by politicians. After the dust settled, the government is still with us. How come?

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

Federal pay rate outpaces private sector, lags behind inflation

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011 federal employees' paychecks increased by 1.3 percent compared to a 1.2 percent increase in the private sector.

Tuesday - 12/27/2011, 12:12pm EST

Analysis: Feds in the crosshairs...once again

Former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis discusses congressional gridlock over the budget and the payroll tax cut extension, and the potential fallout that federal employees may face.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 11:39am EST
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Uncertainty remains about federal pay, benefits in payroll tax cut bill

The House has blocked the Senate's version of a two-month payroll tax cut extension.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 08:21am EST

Finally, some bipartisanship _ oops, nevermind

Sen. Mitch McConnell does not high-five easily or often. But a deal to keep American workers' taxes from rising on Jan. 1 was reason enough for the coolest negotiator in the Senate to lift a hand on camera and slap _ or pat _ some skin.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 07:40am EST

Congress moves toward standoff over payroll tax

Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million workers on Jan. 1.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 12:30am EST

Federal pay freeze still on table in payroll tax cut talks?

Federal employees were safe from another year of a pay freeze and changes to their annuity formula in the two-month payroll tax cut bill passed by the Senate this weekend. But now House Republican leaders are shunning the bipartisan bill, wanting to write their own version.

Monday - 12/19/2011, 11:35am EST

Feds' pay, pensions safe in payroll tax cut extension

Federal employees have dodged a bullet...for now. Congress will not freeze federal pay or change the annuity formula to pay for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Saturday - 12/17/2011, 02:02pm EST

It's not too late to save money on your 2011 taxes

Registered benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer offers up some last minute tax tips for 2011.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 11:32am EST
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Feds plan to shell out more money to get to work

Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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Your "ClusterFlux" GPS

According to some experts, the ancient Mayans played soccer with human heads. We know for a fact that politicians play chicken with paychecks — as in your paycheck, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 02:00am EST

Poll: Most want US payroll tax cut extended

Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012.

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 11:40am EST

Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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For feds, deja vu all over again

If the bad news coming out of Congress sounds familiar, there is a reason for it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You've heard it lots of times this year, and we're only halfway through the month of December ...

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 02:00am EST

Challenges facing federal workers

Host Mike Causey is joined by Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association, and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly.
December 14, 2011

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 08:52pm EST
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'Vitriol' toward feds is undeserved

Jessica Klement, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, updates Your Turn with Mike Causey on the latest legislative proposals that impact federal employees' pay and benefits.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 03:06pm EST
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Senate rejects bill with pay freeze extension, workforce cuts

The Senate voted 78-20 last week to reject a proposal that extended the federal pay freeze through 2015 and cut the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Monday - 12/05/2011, 09:05am EST

Will federal workers 'bear the brunt' of paying for payroll tax cut?

Humberto Sanchez, who covers the Senate for CQ Roll Call, joined In Depth with Francis Rose with the latest on where a proposed federal pay freeze stands.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 09:02pm EST
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Analysis: Feds can expect more furloughs, buyouts in 2012

Steve Losey is a reporter with Federal Times. He brings a recap of the supercommittee stalemate and what the deficit could mean for federal employees.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 02:47pm EST
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Public-private pay gap increases to 26 percent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the pay gap is 26.3 percent, up from 24 percent last year.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 06:14pm EDT
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