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Washington D.C.: Land of the Brie, Home of the Knave

People in Washington, D.C., aren't always the friendliest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that because the headquarters of most federal agencies are here? Is it because Congress is here? Did each state and each congressional district conspire to send us the 535 people they definitely don't want hanging around at home? (This column originally appeared July 8.)

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is your health plan on the sick list?

Is your federal health plan heading for the sick list? Could premiums go up and benefits be reduced in the future? That is very possible now that members of Congress and their law-writing staff members will be moving out of the cradle-to-grave FEHBP into state exchanges next year.

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

Monday - 08/12/2013, 02:25am EDT

Is there life at your agency after you?

When our mothers told us we were precious and irreplaceable it was a warm and fuzzy feeling. But are you really one-of-a-kind at work? What's likely to happen to your organization, and the government in general, when you leave?

Tags: workforce , budget , Reinventing Government , Mike Causey , Congress

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 03:34pm EDT

Retiring soon? Welcome to 'Mission Improbable'

Planning to retire someday? Before you sail off into the golden years, here are some tips from recently retired feds: Don't do it! Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Tags: Your Turn , Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

COLA? Maybe. Pay raise? Maybe not!

How can you tell the difference between a current government worker and a retired civil servant? One of them is smiling, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Think about it, prices have gone up, taxes have gone up, health premiums have gone up -- but feds at the Pentagon, HUD, Interior and other agencies haven't had a raise in three years.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , COLA , retirement

Monday - 08/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs hit tidal wave level

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it a sequestration-driven furlough tsunami that threatens to bury one very small, but important, federal agency that is seeing its 30-year workload record being shattered almost daily, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , workforce , Mike Causey ,

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Those were the days...

Here's a horrible thought to start off your week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You've had your pay frozen and maybe you have been furloughed with more mandatory time-outs to come. But what if these are the good old days right now? That it can't get any better than this...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

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

Hot town, summer in the city

What's the difference between an elected politician and a career civil servant? When politicians take time off they get paid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, whereas feds who don't work don't.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Job hunting: What could go wrong?

If you are thinking about a new job or are advising a nonfed friend or relative how to join the G-club, here are some words of advice, courtesy of a long-time Federal Report reader.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , hiring

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 02:00am EDT

Good bosses - worth their weight in gold!

At some point, usually early on, each new presidential administration learns a few things about the federal government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The end result? Reinventing the wheel every four to eight years.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , management

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 02:00am EDT
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