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Cold Warrior Fed remembers: All ways to Berlin

Remember the Cold War? It seems hard to believe there was one, and to know what it was like. But today's guest column was written by a German-born DoD civilian who was back in Europe in the mid-1980s.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Cold War

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds and the Cold War

For a lot of people, the Cold War seems almost like a surreal event. But for decades, it was a very real, at times very hot, war. And there are probably some people in your office who are bona fide cold warriors, like today's guest columnist.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Cold War , Mike Causey ,

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Take my job, please!

When you go from intern to top manager and then, later, to retiree, you learn a lot. Today we hear from a NARFE local president who says the phased retirement program, when it starts, could be a great thing for young workers and old-timers, too.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , retirement , phased retirement

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's your why?

What do Mary Poppins and Washington Redskins quarterback RJ Griffin III have in common? According to one Federal Report reader, the answer is: a lot

Tags: Mike Causey , management

Friday - 06/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds and middle-class workers

Are things getting worse in government, or is that just your memory playing tricks? We asked a current federal employee, and he said it is going from bad to worse.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

There is life after retirement (pinch me ... am I dreaming?)

If you are contemplating retirement, there are lots of things to consider: Your health, goals, new income level and where you want to live. There is also one word you need to start using, according to a recent Forest Service retiree. That magic word: No!

Tags: retirement , workforce , Mike Causey ,

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rescue mission: Back to the future

If you've been in government for a while, you know it is something like riding a roller coaster, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Thrills, chills but rarely any spills. So, how long will your luck hold out?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , IRS , SSA , budget , MSPB , PTO , workforce

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Tags: Mike Causey , furloughs , furlough appeals , MSPB

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Retiree COLA outpacing workers' pay raise

What's one area where federal retirees are financially better off than feds who are still working? If you said cost-of-living adjustments, you are a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The January COLA for retirees will be bigger than the planned pay raise for active-duty feds.

Tags: Mike Causey , retirement , COLA

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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