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Swing-dancing feds: One step forward, two steps back

When you think of federal workers, the term "swinger" isn't the first thing that pops into your head. But after some of the changes politicians want to make, anything could happen.

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

Friday - 03/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

The 32 top-dollar cities for feds

When it comes to salaries, not all federal workers are created equal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. What you get paid depends on where you work. So what are the top 32 federal pay towns?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , workforce , locality pay , Federal Salary Council

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Living on 1/3 of your income

Thinking about retiring in the next couple of years? Well, here's something to think about, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: How long and how well could you live if your income was cut by more than 60 percent for months at a time?

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

Monday - 03/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Making love and buyouts the connection

So, what's the connection between making love and getting a buyout? Technique, frequency and careful preparation are central to both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how did federal agencies score this year?

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

Friday - 03/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

Feds: Is that a dust cloud or the Mongol horde?

What do you suppose 13th-century peasants thought just before Genghis Khan's boys rode into town? We can't be sure, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it might be the same sort of unease modern-day federal workers have when Congress mounts its high horse ...

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

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

Retiring and skydiving: Do it right the first time

What do skydiving and retiring have in common? Short answer is that many people only do each once, and it is a really good idea to do it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

A month off (without pay)?

Unless Congress gets on the ball, some federal agencies like the FBI say they might have to furlough employees for a month or more next year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is this bluff and drama or the real thing?

Tags: Mike Causey , furloughs , workforce , management , budget , sequestration , DOJ , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

Performance ratings since the ice age

Where do ice-age cave men and the Leaning Tower of Pisa have to do with your agency's performance pay system? Well, maybe a lot more than you think, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: workforce , retention , pay and benefits , performance reviews , Mike Causey ,

Monday - 03/19/2012, 02:00am EDT

Rigged performance ratings!

When it comes time for your performance rating, do you ever feel like the honest, hard-working kid in the boxing movie who gets a shot at the title, only to be told that he must take a dive, or else? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are your agency performance ratings rigged?

Tags: workforce , retention , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , management , performance reviews

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 02:00am EDT

Does happiness trickle down?

Ever seen the sign that reads: If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy? The bottom line, according to the book with the same title, is if the boss isn't pleased, everybody suffers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out in your office?

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

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:00am EDT
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