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Dude, R U essential or expendable?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your job essential, emergency or mission-critical, and what does that mean? What would happen if you or your agency are told to turn out the lights and go home?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Congress , sequestration

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs or fire drills?

Like Hollywood superheroes, federal workers managed to escape going over the fiscal cliff. But coming up in this regular mini-series is a possible shutdown because of the White House-Congress fight over the debt limit. If you survive that, there is the sequestration time bomb that is ticking and due to go off in March. Other than that, have a nice day.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , budget , Congress

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Would furloughs slow recession recovery?

Much of the media is treating the threat of a 22-day federal furlough as if it were a sporting event, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But this is big-time, heavy economic stuff. A revenue-choker for struggling state and local governments and a possible threat to economic recovery.

Tags: budget , sequestration , Mike Causey , furloughs ,

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 02:00am EST

Furlough-proof your retirement

Members of the House of Representatives who think their congressional districts are the polar opposite of Washington, D.C., would be wise run the numbers before they start slashing the pay of "bloated bureaucrats" and contractors who make up a big portion of their voting-age workforce, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

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

Furlough follies: Gone but not forgotten

In the past, when federal workers were furloughed they were told to stop working and go home until further notice. If you were out of town, you were to return ASAP, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if the furlough is one day per week and you are on an assignment to Atlanta or Antarctica?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , furloughs , sequestration

Monday - 02/11/2013, 02:00am EST

Feds as roadkill

Politicians who are beating up on federal workers are doing a pretty good job of it. Friends of feds are few and far between, maybe even on the endangered species list, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what's next?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs , sequestration

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 02:00am EST

Asteroid strike, furloughs - it's always something

Can you take vacation if you are furloughed? Answer: No! What about sick leave? Only if you promise to die to prove you are really sick. And to cap out the week, an asteroid the size of a small skyscraper is coming very close to Earth on Friday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , sequestration , furloughs

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 02:00am EST

22,001 reasons for cash stash

Most financial gurus recommend we all have an emergency cash stash for a rainy day. For federal workers and federal contractors, that could be sooner rather than later thanks to possible furloughs and a tidal wave of retirements, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs: So, who's in charge?

Thanks to top government officials, we now have the definitive answer as to whether the government will have a series of furloughs and if so how they will work. The answer is either yes or no. There seems to be a little confusion at the top, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs vs. buyouts

Are you sick of hearing the F-word coming out of Washington? Would you offer yourself up as buyout bait? If the answer to either is yes, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for the latest forecast.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , buyouts , furloughs , sequestration

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 02:00am EST
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