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Buyouts and Justin Bieber

The 2014 buyout season is off and running, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what exactly does speculation about buyouts have in common with talk about pop star Justin Bieber?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , buyouts

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Forget the Oscars -- this one's for you!

Forget the Academy Awards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There is another awards event that honors the people who make the government work. People like you.

Tags: Mike Causey , Causey Awards , workforce , management

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Buyouts, early-outs arouse KMA Club

Do you know anybody in your office or agency who belongs to the secret KMA Club? It's an ancient and secretive society whose members can be aroused by sacred phrases, such as buyouts and early retirement, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , buyouts , early retirement , retirement

Monday - 02/03/2014, 02:00am EST

SSA offering early-outs in 2014

The early-out offer at the Social Security Administration is one of the first this year in government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could open up the promotion pipeline for younger, mid-career employees and jump-start early retirement offers in other agencies too. So how are things in your office?

Tags: early outs , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , benefits , SSA

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:00am EST

Putting your worst foot forward: When bad is good

Now that sequestration is here, normally upbeat federal agencies are putting their worst foot forward, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The mantra is unhappy days are here again. They are telling people what they won't be able to do for them, the services they will be missing and how things can only get worse.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs , Congress

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs go from bluff to reality. What's next?

A week after the bombings in Boston and the catastrophic explosion in Texas, key federal agencies have unveiled or are refining their plans to furlough tens of thousands of workers, including those who protect the country and those who collect the money to pay the bills, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And this makes sense because...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Tuesday - 04/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: The ultimate organic snowman?

When politicians created the sequestration monster, it may have seemed like a good idea at the time. But now that it's here, nobody wants to take credit for it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And politicians who insisted that the cuts be across-the-board are now demanding agencies exempt certain programs and people from furloughs.

Tags: Congress , sequestration , furloughs , Mike Causey ,

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

The 30-day rule

Trick question, and you will never get the right answer. The question is this: How many days are there in the months of September, August and February? If you said anything other than 30 you lose, and it could impact your retirement benefit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , Tammy Flanagan , best date to retire

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:00am EST

Finding your magic retirement date

Timing is everything, especially when you retire. And whether you are planning to retire in a few months or 30 years from now, there is a magic date just for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , retirement , best date to retire , Tammy Flanagan

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:00am EST

A new kind of 'Cold' War -- with you on the frontline

Have you resolved to brain the next person who says "Is it cold enough for you?" Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How are you holding up during our little ice age?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 02:00am EST
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