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The Downside of a Circular Firing Squad

The current congressional debate on how best to punish federal slackers reminds Senior Correspondent Mike Causey why circular firing squads almost never work as intended.

Tags: federal report , pay and benefits , pay debate , Congress , management

Tuesday - 06/07/2011, 04:00am EDT

Federal Slackers Face a Whacking!

Feds who goof off on the job, or who spend all day surfing the net, watching the clock or on personal business are in for trouble. Congress is coming. So why are the vast majority of civil servants not quaking in their boots? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells all.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , performance pay

Monday - 06/06/2011, 04:00am EDT

Separating the Monsters from the Straw Men

For some time now, feds and retirees have been under constant siege, denounced by politicians as overpaid, underworked and unnecessary drones. And while they have every reason to worry, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey notes some are worrying about minor threats while the ignoring big-ticket changes lying just around the corner.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay debate

Friday - 06/03/2011, 04:00am EDT

Are You Buyout Bait?

Coming soon to a federal agency near you: buyouts. So do you fit the profile? Are you buyout bait or, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, will you be the last person left to turn out the lights?

Tags: pay and benefits , buyouts , VERA , VSIP

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 04:00am EDT

Retirement threats - separating fact from fiction

FMA's Jessica Klement discusses the biggest legislative threat to federal employees' pensions.
June 1, 2011(Encore presentation June 29, 2011)

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Jessica Klement , FMA , Your Turn , budget , defined pension , FERS

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 12:56pm EDT
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For Feds the End is Near, Isn't It?

One of the top job-related questions feds have is will they have time to retire this year before Congress changes retirement rules. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the answer is very likely yes, but there are more serious threats facing both workers and retirees.

Tags: pay and benefits , high 3 , high 5 , annuities cuts , retirement

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 04:00am EDT

USDA announces first cabinet-level buyouts

The Agriculture Department is the first cabinet-level operation to offer early retirement and buyouts to employees. And it won't be the last. So what are your odds of getting an offer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has the exclusive.

Tags: pay and benefits , USDA , buyouts , early out

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 04:00am EDT

Invisible Feds & the Terrorist Handbook

If you are working today, Memorial Day, odds are most members of the public, press or political establishment don't know it. Or don't know what you are doing. Or don't much care. But those who do, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, are very, very glad you are out there.

Tags: pay and benefits , holiday , Memorial Day

Monday - 05/30/2011, 04:00am EDT

Your Threat Assessment Score Card!

If you are feeling paranoid, that is you are convinced that people in high places are out to get you, you can relax. You are not crazy. That's the good part. The bad part, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is you are right to worry because your pay, pension and health insurance package are all on the chopping block. You need a scorecard to keep track, and we've got it.

Tags: pay and benefits , scorecard , pay freeze , health premiums , FERS , CSRS , retirement

Friday - 05/27/2011, 04:00am EDT

Go West Young Fed!

In the government, your salary level doesn't only depend on what you do. Add in, or subtract, where you do it. Which explains why folks who work in Houston and Dallas make more than those in Austin or San Antonio. And why people who transfer from San Francisco and LA lose money when they come to DC. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: pay and benefits , locality pay

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 04:00am EDT
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