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Mike Causey's Federal Report is the best way to stay up to date on the latest issues affecting federal pay, benefits, and retirement. Plus, Mike's funny. New Federal Report columns can be found each weekday morning right here on FederalNewsRadio.com. Bookmark Mike's homepage or have his columns delivered directly to your email.

Just what do government workers do?

Ever wonder what feds who work at airports actually do? Many people complain that they mostly slow down important people, like us, who are on a mission or heading for vacation. But it turns out that they do some pretty dramatic and important stuff all the time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs: Vacation or hard time?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: If furloughs come to your agency, will you treat them like a surprise budget vacation, or would that 20 percent per week pay cut put you under water? And is there a place where you can get an emergency, no-interest loan?

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequestration causes rare March blizzard?

In 18th century Paris, the people demanded Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. In 21st century Washington, when a snowstorm approaches, the battle cry is white bread, milk and toilet paper, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughing the money-makers

If somebody guaranteed you $9 for every dollar you invested, would you take the deal? Most people would, but politicians who designed the sequestration process to save money may find it is also a costly exercise, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs and your TSP account

Now that you've been sequestered and set up for possible furloughs, what else could go wrong? A one-day-a-week furlough means a 20 percent pay cut for that week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains. So what is the impact, if any, on your Thrift Savings Plan contributions and the matching contributions you get from your agency?

Monday - 03/04/2013, 02:00am EST

Feds at IRS, Social Security, TSA face dangerous heat...

If there is a partial shutdown of government services, now or later, politicians will blame each other. But the big losers will be federal workers in IRS and Social Security offices, and TSA screeners at airports who are going to take the heat, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...

Sequestration is the worst possible thing that could happen to you as a taxpayer and a federal worker or contractor, right? Wrong. Sequestration would take a big bite out of things but the coming crises over agency budgets could turn out to be much, much worse, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 02:00am EST

Some feds have the bawdy house blues

Remember when you got out of school and had to pick a career? Mother wanted you to play piano in a house of ill repute but you rebelled and became a federal civil servant. So in retrospect who was right: you or Mom? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequester: Bombshell or burp?

We've got another week, at least, of hair-pulling news and analysis about sequestration, federal furloughs and the like. So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, is this going to be the bombshell critics claim or as harmless as a burp in church?

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs - the wisdom of the crowd

According to the latest Federal News Radio online poll, a majority of federal workers think sequestration is coming this week, and they are up the creek without a paddle, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Just over 40 percent think it will be delayed, again. And 4 percent say it's no big deal. So what do you say? Take our poll today.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 02:00am EST

The 'good old days' coming back?

Do you remember the good old days? For many federal workers that would be 2010 and 2011 when they were worried about threats to their retirement and health insurance benefits that eventually fizzled and died. Well, they may be coming back but this time things could be very different, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 02:00am EST

What if we sequester and nobody notices?

What if we get sequestered and nothing happens? At least not right away? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know what if the government, instead of furloughing all FBI agents, TSA screeners, and air traffic controllers on the same day finds a way to muddle through -- at least for awhile.

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequestration Book: 50 Shades Greyer

If Uncle Sam tried to produce his version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," what would it be like? Would it be an easy and educational read? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has previewed it and has some suggestions you might want to check out.

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 02:00am EST

Part-timers running government

The next time Congress is in D.C. for an extended period of time, somebody should suggest that the House and the Senate investigate how much time and money has been lost preparing for a partial government shutdown almost everybody says would be a mistake. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 02:00am EST

Happy William Henry Harrison Day

It's that time of year again, our last pre-spring national holiday honoring William Henry Harrison (and about 40 of his fellow presidents). So what makes him so great? For one thing he never sequestered anybody, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 02/18/2013, 12:52pm EST

Furloughs? Or French-kissing feds?

Many federal workers are concerned that the stalemate between Congress and the White House will mean furloughs, and the loss of pay, for them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But a growing number seem to be saying bring it on ... I'll go hiking, camping or do some chores around the house.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 02:00am EST

What could possibly go wrong?

Having set up the sequestration system that will trigger draconian automatic spending cuts, both political parties now say it shouldn't happen, that furloughs would have a catastrophic impact on the economy, national defense, maybe even the weather So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants t know: What does it look like from where you stand -- and work.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 02:00am EST

Asteroid strike, furloughs - it's always something

Can you take vacation if you are furloughed? Answer: No! What about sick leave? Only if you promise to die to prove you are really sick. And to cap out the week, an asteroid the size of a small skyscraper is coming very close to Earth on Friday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 02:00am EST

Feds as roadkill

Politicians who are beating up on federal workers are doing a pretty good job of it. Friends of feds are few and far between, maybe even on the endangered species list, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what's next?

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 02:00am EST

Furlough follies: Gone but not forgotten

In the past, when federal workers were furloughed they were told to stop working and go home until further notice. If you were out of town, you were to return ASAP, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if the furlough is one day per week and you are on an assignment to Atlanta or Antarctica?

Monday - 02/11/2013, 02:00am EST
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