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Neither snow, nor moose, nor gangbangers keep feds from the job

In the D.C. area, the main problem commuters have morning and evening is other commuters. But out in the real world Alaska, Puerto Rico, Oregon and California there are other traffic problems ranging from intransigent moose to gangbangers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how do you make it?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Monday - 09/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: Can we afford all these savings?

Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?

Tags: sequestration , Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs

Friday - 09/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pay raise? Call in the psychics

Want to know the size of the next federal pay raise? Your best bet is to take $20, or the going rate, and find yourself a first-class tarot card reader. If she deals you the Ace of Pentacles you will be in the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , Congress

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Your commute: The naked truth

Unless you live at the office, like some frugal members of Congress, chances are you have a fairly healthy commute each day to and from work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The average commute time in the D.C. area is about 34 minutes -- almost as bad as New York. So how far do you travel, and what've you seen on the way?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , commute

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Lifeguard duty on Labor Day

Even though it's a federal holiday, the one when working folks are supposed to rest, Uncle Sam has millions of lifeguards - civilian and military - on duty today. For obvious reasons. And even if you can't see them, they are there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Labor Day

Monday - 09/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Paying 2013 prices with 2010 dollars

So how do you manage to pay 2013-level bills -- like rent, food and health insurance -- on a 2009 pay scale. Look around you. Look in the mirror. It's what millions of federal workers have been doing for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , pay raise

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is it 'Jaws' or 'Sharknado' for retirees?

Picture yourself floating in a deep, dark swamp, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There doesn't appear to be any danger, except the pair of eyes watching you from the surface of the swamp. But what harm could they do? Ever hear of the federal version of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon?"

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , chained CPI , retirement , COLA

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

A foursome you don't want?

Ever hear the old saying that bad things come in threes? It's been around a long time, and it often seems to work out that way. Bad news, bad weather, whatever. Unless you happen to work for the federal government, in which case, make that bad news comes as a foursome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fired, furloughed or locked out - what are the odds?

In some states, they used to let condemned prisoners choose their method of execution. That has mostly gone out of style. But here in Washington, politicians still give about-to-be-kicked federal workers some different options, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Such as furloughed, fired or locked out.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , workforce , Mike Causey ,

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

The government as 'Animal Farm?'

As Americans, we learn from childhood that all men (and women) are created equal. But as we get older, wiser and more experienced, read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" or go to work for the government, we learn that some people are created more equal than others. So is Uncle Sam running a sort of Animal Farm? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks.

Tags: Mike Causey , Merit Systems Protection Board , furloughs

Monday - 08/26/2013, 02:00am EDT
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