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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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report

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 , federal report , Merit Systems Protection Board , furloughs

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

Furloughs: WTF?

When it comes to figuring out sequestration and furloughs, the phrase that most often comes to federal workers' lips is "WTF." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it stands for "What're The Facts" behind the political monstrosity that triggered furloughs, and in some agencies could produce layoffs next year?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , furloughs , sequestration

Friday - 08/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Punching bag hits back

For the past several years, politicians aided and abetted by the media and some think tanks have turned federal workers into punching bags, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Many feds are fed up. And some are working on ways to fight back.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , pay and benefits

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds as doomsday preppers

A popular cable TV show involves doomsday preppers. These people expect an economic collapse, because of war, weather or natural disaster, forcing everyone to fend for themselves. What's one group that has yet to be featured? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Federal workers, who face the very real dangers very soon.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay , government shutdown , furloughs

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

The skeletons in our closets

Last week, we wrote about the government profiling chicken skeletons from China. Admittedly, the news flow is slow in August, but it was a legitimate story. So we asked why it happens, and what would you do with a pair of chicken skeletons from China. The results, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, are shocking for August.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , Customs and Border Protection , workforce

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 02:00am EDT
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