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A weather tale of two cities

To the vast majority of feds who work beyond the Beltway, the people at headquarters (that would be Washington, D.C.) are a bunch of out-of-touch wimps. Especially when it snows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are they right, or missing the point?

Tags: Mike Causey , OPM , operating status

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 01:00pm EST

20 percent pay cut in the cards?

Many federal workers, fed up with pay freezes and budget teasers, are hoping for a buyout that will let them depart with a cash bonus. But in reality most feds are more likely to get a pay cut than a buyout, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , buyouts , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce

Monday - 01/28/2013, 02:00am EST

Can East Meet West at Interior?

If you want to be secretary of the Interior, the first thing you do is make sure you are born west of the Mississippi, preferably in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what does that do to the job chances of Maryland-born, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry who is said to be on the short-list for the Interior job?

Tags: Mike Causey , Interior , OPM , John Berry

Friday - 01/25/2013, 02:00am EST

Survivor Island: 2013

If you want to survive the next four years of service with a new political boss, there are six tips you need to know and practice. Remember he or she is temporary, but be sure you outlast the boss, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: workforce , management , political appointees , Mike Causey , Carol Bonosaro

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 02:00am EST

Surviving a second term

Even with threats of budget cuts and sequestration, the jobs of the vast majority of career civil servants are safe, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But if you are one of Obama's 8,000 political appointees, a second term could be the end of act three for a lot of them.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , management , political appointees

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 02:00am EST

King Solomon maybe, Judge Judy not so much...

How does a recent contract arbitration between the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers take a page from King Solomon? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , USPS , NALC

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 02:00am EST

How essential are you, really?

Federal workers with long memories can remember a time when most of them were considered to be nonessential, and when Washington area civil servants got a special holiday every four years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check out inaugurations then and now.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Inauguration 2013

Monday - 01/21/2013, 02:00am EST

Survival and madness in DC

If you live in the D.C. area, you either are from somewhere else or you know lots of people who hail from other parts of the country. Places where schools never close because of the weather and people grin and bear it even if they must commute on snowshoes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Here, not so much...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , OPM

Friday - 01/18/2013, 02:00am EST

Government shutdown and the G Fund

Just about every federal investor knows that the super-safe, never-has-a-bad day Treasury securities G Fund is the place to be when times are tough, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if Uncle Sam loses the ability to borrow in order to pay off debts? Where should G Fund investors go?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , TSP , debt limit , G Fund

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 02:00am EST

Nest egg blueprint: Measure twice, cut once

Thousands of feds who bailed out of the TSP stock funds during the depths of the recession are now wondering whether they should come back and if so how. For a look at what might have been, and what you can still do, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

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

Friday - 01/11/2013, 02:00am EST
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