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Menu for retirees: Steak, to hamburger, to Alpo

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would the new plan to revise future cost-of-living adjustments put federal and Social Security retirees on a more realistic (and healthy) steak-to-beans diet? Or would each non-raise get a little worse?

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

Friday - 04/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

The F-word from Washington

Getting furloughed is a very personal thing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. For some feds, it will amount to no more than a series of three-day weekends. Others say even losing a couple of days pay will break their bank. Still more think it is a political stunt and a heckuva way to run a government. So what's your take?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

Zen and your diet COLA

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If I chopped a couple of bucks off each of the future cost-of-living adjustments made to your federal retirement or Social Security benefits would you even notice? Or, would you pick up the fact that over time that is a lot of money that you will never see.

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

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fed bashing: Is it time for a time out?

Some of your finest hours come at a very low point. The Boston bombings have brought out the best in the federal government, which is on the front line in this case. So maybe it's time, at least for a little while, for a moratorium on fed-bashing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , fed bashing

Friday - 04/19/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: The Movie?

Furloughs are still on the radar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But are they getting any closer? What are your odds of working four-day weeks this summer?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Gestures are great, but they aren't edible

Elected and appointed officials are exempt from sequestration-related furloughs. But now that President Barack Obama has voluntarily taken a 5 percent pay cut, odds are many of the people he appointed to their jobs will also follow suit. So what do rank-and-file federal employees think? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

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

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Never-gonna-happen furloughs happening

When sequestration was proposed, politicians said it would never happen. It did. When it triggered furlough warnings, some said they would never take place. Except they are happening right now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Monday - 04/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds in Survivor Island mode

President Barack Obama wants to make federal service cool again. But his budget proposals, which would reduce future retirement benefits and force feds to pay more for them, has a lot of current civil servants hot under the collar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , budget , 2014 budget , COLA , retirement

Friday - 04/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is your retirement check shrink-proof?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would you be willing to accept a slightly smaller retirement benefit if it would help get the country out of debt? What if future cost-of-living adjustments to your civil service benefit were reduced by a mere 0.3 percent each year?

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

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is there life after Berry?

John Berry, the ultimate Washington insider, is said to be leaving the Office of Personnel Management after four years running the federal civil-service machine. So how did he do, and how does he compare with the interesting assortment of OPM chiefs who came before him?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , OPM , John Berry

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:00am EDT
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