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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

Retirement Lite

Unless you get a better job offer or die first, odds are you will probably retire from the federal government. And that can be a very good deal, Senior Correspodent Mike Causey says. But the start of the so-called Golden Years can be rough on your standard of living.

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

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 02:00am EDT

No pay raise but maybe a COLA?

What's the difference between a pay raise for active-duty federal workers and a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees and Social Security beneficiaries? This time around it's about 1.38 percent, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So who's the winner?

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

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

Your BIG boss: How's he doing?

Would you like to be present when Uncle Sam, as an employer, gets a physical? Is the federal government a better or worse place to work today than it was a few years ago. For a stem-to-stern look at pay, benefits, acquisition, diversity and contracting, check us out today, starting with Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Obama Impact

Monday - 09/17/2012, 02:00am EDT

Last hired, first fired: Where are you in line?

If Uncle Sam really drives off the sequestration cliff in January, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you have a job parachute?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , workforce , hiring , retention , pay and benefits , retirement

Friday - 09/07/2012, 02:00am EDT

Pay freeze/pay cut/tax hike - then it gets worse!

Looking for something to take your mind off the pending pay freeze extension? If so, consider the prospect of higher taxes, lower take-home pay and higher health insurance premiums, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , pay freeze , Social Security supplement , within-grade increases

Friday - 09/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

You've got your WIG to keep you warm

Despite the prospect of an extended pay freeze, many nonpostal workers have their "wigs" to keep them warm, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, how do you get a 3 percent raise while salaries are frozen at 2010 levels?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , pay , within-grade increases , pay freeze , Congress , CR

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

The day after 9/11

Even after the most horrible event, life goes on. We talked to a number of current and former feds who were here, in D.C., when the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers were hit. All had one common theme, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: They will never forget what they were doing that day...

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

Tuesday, 9-11-01. Where were you?

Sept. 11, 2001 was also a Tuesday. So what were you doing and where were you when you got the news? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: Did it change your life forever?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , 9/11

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

Young, healthy, idealistic and unemployed

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Has the long-feared retirement tsunami hit the federal government? And if so, could the so- called brain drain be a career life-saver for tens of thousands of unemployed or under employed millennials?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , hiring retention , retirement , OPM , retirement backlog

Monday - 09/10/2012, 02:00am EDT
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