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Saluting feds on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is anything but a holiday. It is a time when we remember those who served and whose lives were altered, or ended, by war, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Today we pay tribute to them and to people in the federal family - past, present and future - who served or will serve.

Tags: Mike Causey , Memorial Day

Monday - 05/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fast-tracking phased retirement

It's been nearly a year since Congress set up the program to allow employees to take phased retirement, working three or four days a week to help mentor their successors and get used to retirement. And although it's been fast-tracked, it still hasn't happened, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, what's up?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , OPM , phased retirement

Friday - 05/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Off with their heads! What would Mick Jagger do?

For many people involved in the alleged scandals at the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the solution is simple: Off with their heads. Fire the offenders whether they are political appointees or career civil servants. But this isn't Paris in 1789, it's Washington in 2013 so things will go a little slower, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , IRS , IRS scandal , MSPB , firing

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Today, everybody's a Sooner

Most Americans live in a handful of states, like California, Texas, Florida, New York, etc. But during tough times, we sometimes blur those borders and our home-town pride and become honorary citizens of a place like Oklahoma which, once again, is having a very tough time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs , Oklahoma , FEEA , Steve Bauer

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiree raise? COLA not a guarantee

Federal, military and Social Security retirees get a cost-of-living adjustment like clockwork each and every year, even during years when federal workers do not get pay raises. But the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment for retirees is up in the air and on attack on two very different fronts, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Saintly media vs. government devils

When a newspaper reporter fakes a story, we are outraged. When a network TV show gets it wrong, we are stunned. But we tend to forget, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But when a handful of government workers go rogue, maybe on orders from their political bosses, the entire workforce is tainted for a long, long time.

Tags: IRS , IRS scandal , Mike Causey , workforce

Monday - 05/20/2013, 07:10pm EDT

Don't work or we'll fire you!

The password next week at several federal agencies is this: Come to work and we fire you. Don't dare show your face on Friday or else, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 05/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Uncle Sam's GPS: Are we there yet?

When you're on a vacation trip or long drive, do your kids keep asking "Are we there yet?!" Now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, suppose you are Uncle Sam and you've told your 1.8 million kids they are going on a sequestration vacation. If they keep asking are we there yet, what do you tell them?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration slaps feds, punches contractors

For many federal workers, the threat of sequestration-triggered furloughs seems to be fading, at least a bit. But for some federal contractors, sequestration has meant layoffs, with perhaps more to come, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's sequestration treating you?

Tags: acquisition , Mike Causey , sequestration , workforce , contractors , furloughs

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Hacked, fracked and back...

A funny thing happened on the way to work last week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We got hacked but, as you can see, we are back. As setbacks often do, this one has made us smarter and stronger. Glad to be back.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Tuesday - 05/14/2013, 02:00am EDT
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