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Sequestration: The ultimate organic snowman?

When politicians created the sequestration monster, it may have seemed like a good idea at the time. But now that it's here, nobody wants to take credit for it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And politicians who insisted that the cuts be across-the-board are now demanding agencies exempt certain programs and people from furloughs.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs slam contractors

If you are a federal worker, you are certainly aware of the Washington-based series, Sequestration: The Soap Opera. Normally such a drama would have little audience outside the Washington Beltway, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But it is being noticed in other places because so many contractors are being hit by furloughs too.

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

IRS furloughs costing U.S. a bundle

If somebody said they could save you nearly $1,800 but that it would cost you $61,000, you probably wouldn't take the deal, right? Unfortunately, the White House and Congress have signed off on it in the form of furloughs, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

So, what's next for feds?

Federal workers have figured out that this is not a drill. But for many feds, it is getting hard to keep track of what is happening, which threats are real and who their political adversaries are, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, what's next?

Monday - 04/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

Menu for retirees: Steak, to hamburger, to Alpo

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would the new plan to revise future cost-of-living adjustments put federal and Social Security retirees on a more realistic (and healthy) steak-to-beans diet? Or would each non-raise get a little worse?

Friday - 04/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

The F-word from Washington

Getting furloughed is a very personal thing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. For some feds, it will amount to no more than a series of three-day weekends. Others say even losing a couple of days pay will break their bank. Still more think it is a political stunt and a heckuva way to run a government. So what's your take?

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

Zen and your diet COLA

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If I chopped a couple of bucks off each of the future cost-of-living adjustments made to your federal retirement or Social Security benefits would you even notice? Or, would you pick up the fact that over time that is a lot of money that you will never see.

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs go from bluff to reality. What's next?

A week after the bombings in Boston and the catastrophic explosion in Texas, key federal agencies have unveiled or are refining their plans to furlough tens of thousands of workers, including those who protect the country and those who collect the money to pay the bills, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And this makes sense because...

Tuesday - 04/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Ripple effect of furloughs

Politicians first said it couldn't happen, then that it shouldn't happen and, finally, we were assured it would never happen. One problem, it -- sequestration-triggered furloughs -- did happen. Not as quickly as some predicted. But they are with us, as federal agencies juggle their finances, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fed bashing: Is it time for a time out?

Some of your finest hours come at a very low point. The Boston bombings have brought out the best in the federal government, which is on the front line in this case. So maybe it's time, at least for a little while, for a moratorium on fed-bashing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: The Movie?

Furloughs are still on the radar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But are they getting any closer? What are your odds of working four-day weeks this summer?

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Crunching your COLA numbers

Federal, military and Social Security retirees would receive smaller benefits in the future if the government switches to a new yardstick to measure inflation. How much would it cost you? Maybe more than you think, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 02:34pm EDT

Gestures are great, but they aren't edible

Elected and appointed officials are exempt from sequestration-related furloughs. But now that President Barack Obama has voluntarily taken a 5 percent pay cut, odds are many of the people he appointed to their jobs will also follow suit. So what do rank-and-file federal employees think? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Never-gonna-happen furloughs happening

When sequestration was proposed, politicians said it would never happen. It did. When it triggered furlough warnings, some said they would never take place. Except they are happening right now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds in Survivor Island mode

President Barack Obama wants to make federal service cool again. But his budget proposals, which would reduce future retirement benefits and force feds to pay more for them, has a lot of current civil servants hot under the collar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is your retirement check shrink-proof?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would you be willing to accept a slightly smaller retirement benefit if it would help get the country out of debt? What if future cost-of-living adjustments to your civil service benefit were reduced by a mere 0.3 percent each year?

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is there life after Berry?

John Berry, the ultimate Washington insider, is said to be leaving the Office of Personnel Management after four years running the federal civil-service machine. So how did he do, and how does he compare with the interesting assortment of OPM chiefs who came before him?

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Leaner retirement in the works

In your golden retirement years, will you be dining on steak or Hamburger Helper? Some people say the latter may be on the menu thanks to a White house plan to trim future cost-of-living-adjustments for federal, military and Social Security retirees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

The Creatures From Planet Money

Although they came from Planet Money, they look and act just like the rest of us. They work alongside us, sometimes they even run the show. So, who are these Money People? Where did they come from and where are they taking us? For answers, check out Federal News Radio's week-long series on the people who make the big-bucks decision, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration hits us all (and I do mean all)

When it comes to the perils of sequestration, it appears that federal workers are all over the place, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some say it's just another political fire drill, while others say this time for sure. Been-there-done-that workers say this too shall pass. But paycheck to paycheck people say furloughs could wreck their financial lives. So, where are you in all this?

Friday - 04/05/2013, 02:00am EDT
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