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Surviving furlough pay cuts

Your stress level about the possibility of being furloughed probably depends on where you work, your length-of-service and how much cash you have in reserve for a rainy day. For long-time, comfortable feds, this is just a speed bump in the road, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But for thousands of paycheck-to-paycheck employees, this is not a drill...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs , sequestration , FEEA

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Mike Causey's April Fools' Day quiz answer

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Monday - 04/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Time capsule for sequestration thoughts

Now that the budget battle is over, for now, the next stormcloud on the horizon is sequestration. It kicked in earlier this month, but the effects probably won't be felt until next month at the earliest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Will it be the nightmare many have predicted or will it fade away as politicians get nervous and the public gets angry?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 03/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Career suicide by Facebook

Believe it or not, not everything you post on Facebook will draw "likes" from all of the people who see it. In fact letting too much hang out on social media could get you in a whole lot of trouble, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Facebook , Twitter , social media , social media policies

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Vampires and a retirement offer to die for...

What do vampires have to do with a long-lived urban myth about a super-secret federal retirement plan? The short answer is that both are very hard to put to rest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But here goes, again ...

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , retirement , CSRS , Triple Nickel

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 02:00am EDT

Three out of four feds have Jack Benny Syndrome

Do you know that 75 percent of all full-time federal workers suffer from Jack Benny Syndrome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what is it, and how do you know if you have it?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Monday - 03/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Not tonight honey - I feel a headache coming on!

Suppose your significant other announced that, due to sequestration, romance would be out of the question starting in April. That, in effect, is how many federal agencies are reacting as they roll out furlough notices and service cutbacks as part of the budgetary (and political) process, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 03/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Teleworking: 50 Shades of Not-So-Gray

What does the bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" have in common with telework-designated federal employees. Well for one thing they both involve voluntary torture, at least for some people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , telework , management

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

Telework ready: The dark side

Teleworking is good. It saves time, money, cuts down on pollution and eliminates tardiness. It has no down side, we have been told. And yet, some telework-ready feds got a jolt last week when D.C. area government agencies shutdown for an impending blizzard and they didn't get the day off, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , telework

Monday - 03/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Just what do government workers do?

Ever wonder what feds who work at airports actually do? Many people complain that they mostly slow down important people, like us, who are on a mission or heading for vacation. But it turns out that they do some pretty dramatic and important stuff all the time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , CBP , furloughs , sequestration

Friday - 03/08/2013, 02:00am EST
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