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Health premium surprise

With pay frozen and pensions threatened, federal workers and retirees have been waiting for the next shoe to drop the what's-next moment. But it could be good news for a change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, like changes to your health insurance package.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , health premiums

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

The incredible imploding agency

If you move a few letters around the initials of the General Services Administration, you get G- A-S, as in explosive, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Just when you thought GSA couldn't get in any deeper there's another explosion.

Tags: Mike Causey , GSA , Shakeup at GSA

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

This is reality?

We're back! For the month of August, Washington, D.C., was a really nice place to live and visit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Streets were quiet, restaurants empty, traffic was tolerable and some of our town's loudest, most aggressive people (Congress, lawyers, journalists and think tankers) were away ... But we are all back with a vengeance.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

Lifeguard duty for some feds

Even though it's a federal holiday, the one when working folks are supposed to rest, Uncle Sam has millions of lifeguards - civilian and military - on duty today. For obvious reasons. And even if you can't see them, they are there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce ,

Monday - 09/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bad news, good news and mangoes

When somebody tells a fed they've got good news and bad news and which do they want first, there is no right answer. So what is it now. And what does it mean when the boss says to report to her office with a burlap sack and two mangoes?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Friday - 08/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

Life aboard the federal gravy train

What's it like to ride the federal gravy train? Politicians, pundits and others tell us all the time, and it sounds great. So Senior Correspondent Mike Causey decided to upset the apple cart and ask some long-time easy riders what it's really like. They did.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Is retirement in your near future?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is it a dedicated IRS auditor, a serious federal agent or a compassionate VA employee? Or, do you have a Charles Dickens moment and spot the ghost of Christmas Future - you after you have retired? While feds have mostly held on to their jobs, things could change quickly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

Navel gazing, government style

Navel gazing is as old as the republic, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You can do it two ways: You can gaze at somebody else's or, in moments of reflection, at your own. Sort of like the wisdom of the crowd without the crowd. Today's column features some introspective visions of government operations from people on the inside.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , performance evaluation

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

Taxes! Who needs them?

Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to pay taxes ... or paid only for things we like and want? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey consulted a longtime legal eagle at the Treasury Department and she had some interesting points.

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

Monday - 08/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Is there life after government?

We've been to the surface of the moon, and the bottom of the ocean but as yet, no one has answered the eternal question: Is there life after retirement? Today we have some clues, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , retirement , early-outs

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 02:00am EDT
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