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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

Have federal leaders forgotten why they joined the ranks?

What makes a great federal leader? One of our readers says the formula is simple - behave in a manner that would make her daughter (or your kids) want to be like you!

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , leadership , management

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

George Clooney and us

You're a GS-13 male. You work for the Defense Department or the IRS in D.C., or Atlanta or Philadelphia. So what do you have in common with actor George Clooney that would make him jealous of you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks he's found the answer, and its more than just your TSP plan.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , George Clooney

Monday - 07/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Overpaid feds bite back

If one expert told you your house was overpriced by 58 percent and another said it was undervalued by 28 percent, you might want to get a third opinion. Maybe a fourth too. And that's the gap between experts trying to figure out the federal vs. industry pay gap, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 07/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Studies 'prove' feds are either overpaid or underpaid

What would happen if you put six people in a dark room with an elephant, a rhino and a giant squid and gave them 30 seconds to describe what they discovered? Odds are, the survivors would give widely varying accounts, which may explain those studies showing you are both overpaid and underpaid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , pay debate , GAO , workforce

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

It's a bird, it's a plane ... Nope, it's a bird

The long-predicted retirement tsunami may or may not be out there. But if you are even thinking about retiring, you should assume the worst and protect yourself with a financial life-jacket That, or prepare for a long time underwater, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 02:00am EDT
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