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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

Furloughs: Vacation or hard time?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: If furloughs come to your agency, will you treat them like a surprise budget vacation, or would that 20 percent per week pay cut put you under water? And is there a place where you can get an emergency, no-interest loan?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequestration causes rare March blizzard?

In 18th century Paris, the people demanded Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. In 21st century Washington, when a snowstorm approaches, the battle cry is white bread, milk and toilet paper, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , snow

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughing the money-makers

If somebody guaranteed you $9 for every dollar you invested, would you take the deal? Most people would, but politicians who designed the sequestration process to save money may find it is also a costly exercise, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs and your TSP account

Now that you've been sequestered and set up for possible furloughs, what else could go wrong? A one-day-a-week furlough means a 20 percent pay cut for that week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains. So what is the impact, if any, on your Thrift Savings Plan contributions and the matching contributions you get from your agency?

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

Monday - 03/04/2013, 02:00am EST

Feds at IRS, Social Security, TSA face dangerous heat...

If there is a partial shutdown of government services, now or later, politicians will blame each other. But the big losers will be federal workers in IRS and Social Security offices, and TSA screeners at airports who are going to take the heat, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 03/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...

Sequestration is the worst possible thing that could happen to you as a taxpayer and a federal worker or contractor, right? Wrong. Sequestration would take a big bite out of things but the coming crises over agency budgets could turn out to be much, much worse, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 02:00am EST

Some feds have the bawdy house blues

Remember when you got out of school and had to pick a career? Mother wanted you to play piano in a house of ill repute but you rebelled and became a federal civil servant. So in retrospect who was right: you or Mom? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , John Grobe , workforce

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequester: Bombshell or burp?

We've got another week, at least, of hair-pulling news and analysis about sequestration, federal furloughs and the like. So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, is this going to be the bombshell critics claim or as harmless as a burp in church?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration ,

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 02:00am EST
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