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Pay or pension: Back to the future

Two years into a three-year pay freeze, thousands of retirement-eligible feds are doing the math and concluding that maybe they would be better off retired and getting inflation adjustments rather than working at their 2010 salary rate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what's in it for you?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , COLA , pay freeze , retirement

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Job jitters

Worried about Congress changing your retirement benefits? If so, that should be the least of your worries, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

IFVs -- Feds as the ultimate swingers!

With just weeks until election day, take time out to consider what may be one of the largest most-likely-to-vote bloc of voters that is mostly underneath the political radar. Meet the IFVs (Invisible Federal Voters). And check out their numbers in critical swing vote states.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , 2012 election , federal employees , voting

Monday - 10/01/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bonus Christmas holiday?

Christmas this year falls on a Tuesday. This means that the day before the Christmas holiday, Christmas Eve, will be Monday, Dec. 24th. Hmmmm! So what happens on Monday, Dec. 24th? We don't know yet, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some thoughts on the matter.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration threat revives the F-word

As the make-or-break sequestration deadline draws closer, top federal officials are increasingly using (or at least thinking) the F-word, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Health premiums, unions & politics

Federal workers got their first good news in four years last week. But it is hard to find anybody dancing in the street over news that their health premiums are only going up a little, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , federal unions , heatlh care premiums , FEHBP

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - September 24

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

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Monday - 09/24/2012, 10:24am EDT

Health plans: The law of averages

When shopping for your family's 2013 federal health plan, even as you enter year three of a pay freeze, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Performance appraisal for POTUS

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If you had to fill out President Obama's performance appraisal, how would it look? If Governor Romney were seeking a job in your organization would he pass muster?

Tags: Obama Impact , Mike Causey , workforce

Friday - 09/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

The beatings will continue until morale improves

Is it possible to kick a group into shape? When you want to motivate your staff, do you yell at them and tell them they are losers? Is this how coaches create winning teams? If so, federal workers are on the right track, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 02:00am EDT
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