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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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report

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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report

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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , 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 , federal report , workforce , pay and benefits , sequestration , furloughs

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