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Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

Tags: Mike Kucharek , NORAD , Santa Claus , Christmas , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST

Bonus Holiday/Fiscal (Cliff's) Notes

Feds have more than the usual year end issues on their plate at 2012 draws to a close, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. There is the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, the dangers of sequestration, maybe a bonus pre-Christmas holiday and, of course, the end of the world. Check it out, if you dare.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , bonus holiday , sequestration , Congress

Friday - 12/14/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds given the day off on Christmas Eve

Federal employees got the news they were waiting for today. The White House announced they'll be given the day off on Monday, Dec. 24, giving them a four-day weekend many had been hoping for.

Tags: holiday , vacation , workforce , White House , federal employees

Friday - 12/21/2012, 11:01am EST

Monday holiday rumor accurate - up to a point!

The Thursday morning news seemed too good to be true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. A major D.C. newspaper was reporting that federal workers would get Monday Dec. 24, the day before Christmas, off. The word spread quickly until people read the fine print. And the name of the president.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , workforce , bonus holiday

Friday - 12/21/2012, 02:00am EST

'Twas the Day Before Christmas

Finally, an opinion poll we can believe in: We asked feds if they wanted and thought they deserved to get the day before Christmas as a bonus holiday. No margin of error nonsense here, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The answer is yes, yes and again, yes.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , bonus holiday

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:00am EST

Bonus holiday clock is ticking

Time is running out for the president to make a decision on the status of the government on Monday, Dec. 24. Will it be a bonus holiday for feds as it often is, or is this a bad year to make such a call? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's got the track record.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce ,

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 02:00am EST

NORAD ready to track Santa on Christmas Eve

Want to know when Santa is making it to your house? NORAD can help!

Tags: Federal Drive , NORAD , Santa Claus , Mike Humphreys ,

Monday - 12/20/2010, 10:31am EST


Is the half-day Christmas Eve holiday being celebrated in your office or are people saying it could have and should have been a full 8 hours. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you might be surprised at some of the reactions.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , holiday pay , holiday ,

Thursday - 12/17/2009, 04:00am EST

Bonus Christmas Holiday

What were odds that you would get a bonus holiday on Christmas Eve? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that, while nothing is ever guaranteed concerning Dec. 24th, the precedent is there.

Tags: P&B , holiday , Mike Causey , open season

Monday - 12/14/2009, 04:00am EST