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Pay, bonus holiday, retirement: Scrooged again?

If Congress and the White House cut a last-minute deal to avoid sequestration and the fiscal cliff, some of the compromise may come out of your hide, whether you are active or retired, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , bonus holiday , sequestration , budget , Congress

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 02:00am EST

Compromise hits highest/lowest incomes

In the fiscal-cliff talks, it now appears that both sides have blinked. Republicans appear willing to accept some higher taxes and Democrats seem to have agreed that Social Security's growing costs must be curtailed. Slightly and slowly. So how will the proposals affect you? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Congress , retirement , chained CPI , COLA , sequestration

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Furloughs? Or French-kissing feds?

Many federal workers are concerned that the stalemate between Congress and the White House will mean furloughs, and the loss of pay, for them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But a growing number seem to be saying bring it on ... I'll go hiking, camping or do some chores around the house.

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , furloughs , workforce

Friday - 02/15/2013, 02:00am EST

New retiree diet: 99 ways to serve Hamburger Helper

If Congress and the White House change the yardstick used to measure inflation, will retirees barely notice or will they have to go on a diet of Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

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

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Furloughs: This may not be a drill

Inside the Beltway is crisis central. The media must report 24/7 and, during the fiscal cliff showdown, they did. But while earlier stories also included a lot of eye-rolling, could the latest sequestration crisis mean it's "this time for sure?"

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

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:00am EST

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
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