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Good boss, bad boss?

Here's news that might not be all that surprising. A lot of people don't like their boss. Or have a very high opinion of where they work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So where do you fit in this mix?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , management , performance evaluations , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey

Monday - 04/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Pensions to feel bipartisan bite

For years, federal and postal workers have benefited from congressional gridlock. Efforts to cut benefits, or force people to pay more for them, were often blocked by partisan wrangling. But where your pension is concerned, the good old days may be over, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement contribution , workforce , Congress , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee

Friday - 04/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Wall Street or Walmart: What's in your future?

Feds who retire with special skills and top-secret clearances often move into top jobs on Wall Street, with credit card companies or even back in government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But for those stripped of their clearances, life after Uncle Sam may mean a security guard job at a box store ...

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

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

Rating your mate/date

How would you like it if your spouse or significant other rated your performance, then made his/her findings known to friends and neighbors? In this fantasy world, you would naturally hope your performance would be rated as superior, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what if you were rated less-than-satisfactory? Would you vow to get better, or would you really rather not even know?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , management , performance ratings

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

What do performance ratings really measure?

Is the performance-rating system in your agency rigged? Does a bear shed in the woods? Despite its noble intent, many workers say performance ratings where they work measure just about everything but performance, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , management , workforce , performance ratings

Friday - 04/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

The Incredible Shrinking Postal Service

Even if you never, or hardly ever, go to a Post Office there's a good chance you went there Tuesday to mail your taxes, and get an SOS from some worried postal employees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , USPS , American Postal Workers Union , Senate , Congress , taxes , 21st Cetury Postal Service Act

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 02:00am EDT

For feds, it's 'WTH?' time

With 24/7 coverage of alleged scandals at GSA, DoD and the Secret Service, many feds are wondering: "What next?" So what do you do if your agency suddenly finds itself in the spotlight?

Tags: Mike Causey , whistleblowers , Shakeup at GSA , federal employees

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

And you're still working because...

It could be a long time before federal workers see another January pay raise. But for retirees, things are looking up.

Tags: Mike Causey , retirement , pay freeze , cost of living allowance , Consumer Price Index , inflation , Social Security

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 02:00am EDT

Whistleblowers: Who guards the guards?

Government workers are under orders to blow the whistle if they spot waste, fraud or abuse. But, for many, that is easier said than done. What if the crook or clown is your immediate boss? Or your agency head? So who guards the guards?

Tags: Mike Causey , whistleblowers , feds , federal employees

Monday - 04/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

The worst year to retire?

The combination of buyouts, a surge in baby boomer retirements and a hostile Congress may make this the worst year, maybe ever, to consider retiring, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , retirement , OPM , buyouts , early retirements

Friday - 04/13/2012, 02:00am EDT
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