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Uncle Sam: Eagle Scout or Charlie Sheen?

Are the recent GSA and Secret Service scandals the tip of the iceberg or just business as usual? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Is Uncle Sam, in reality, more like Charlie Sheen than an Eagle Scout?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , management , GSA , Secret Service

Friday - 05/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

The cup of indignation runneth over

A few party animals at the GSA and Secret Service have made life easier for late-night talk show hosts, commentators, and people and politicians who just don't like the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But the most angry, irate and stunned people are the 99.999 percent of feds who haven't done anything.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , GSA , Secret Service

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Scandals lay federal workforce bare

Citizens who follow the news — which is usually bad, and hence, news — must be thinking that feds are party animals, whether they are in Las Vegas or Colombia. But Uncle Sam has more than his share of good people, too, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , GSA scandal , GSA , Secret Service

Monday - 04/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

This is not a drill!

After years of false alarms about benefit cuts and a brain drain, things are starting to happen, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The federal retirement program may be the next casualty.

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

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 02:00am EDT

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
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