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Your Federal Job. Dream or Nightmare?

When times were good having a federal job was nice. When the going got tough having a federal job was golden. But next, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, comes the political backlash to the point where many feds are having second thoughts about their career goals.

Tags: Federal Report , federal service

Friday - 07/15/2011, 04:00am EDT

Pay, Pensions, Puppies & The Debt Limit

Which of the following items are NOT at stake in the current White House-Congressional debt limit dance: pay raises, your insurance premiums, the health of your brand-new puppy or future raises for federal and Social Security retirees? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's both serious and confusing and, maybe down the road, amusing too.

Tags: Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , debt ceiling , budget , Social Security , pay freeze

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 04:00am EDT

Pay Cuts & Security Clearances

Getting and keeping a security clearance is vital in a growing number of federal jobs. And useful when feds retire and go into the private sector. But are those all-important clearances going to be harder to get, and keep in the future? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: pay and benefits , Federal Report , FERS , Congress , Steve Losey , Your Turn , Dan Adcock

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 04:00am EDT

Feds As Little Red Riding Hood

Federal and postal workers and retirees are under so many attacks that many of them don't know which of the threats is real and which is most serious. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says a lot of people are worrying about something that probably won't happen while ignoring several bigger threats.

Tags: pay and benefits , FERS , Congress , retirement , pension , Federal Report

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 04:00am EDT

Our Mutual Friend At Work

Most federal workers, no matter how critical their jobs, are accustomed to working behind the scenes and away from the spotlight. And it was that way with our late colleague Suzanne Kubota who loved her job, loved federal workers and loved making all of us look better. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey takes a look at Suzanne's life.

Tags: Federal Report , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 07/11/2011, 04:00am EDT

Ready, Aim, You're Fired

Would federal workers be happier if the government would backup managers when they discipline slackers and fired incompetents? Or is that already happening? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey finds out.

Tags: Federal Report , managment , performance

Friday - 07/08/2011, 04:00am EDT

Feds in a tight spot - literally

Even as Americans are getting bigger it seems their work stations and cubicles are getting smaller. So, senior correspondent Mike Causey says, you literally are in a tight space.

Tags: office space , pay and benefits , BRAC , DoD , workspaces , Federal Drive

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 02:01am EDT

Will Congress cut the size of the federal workforce?

For a long time now, lawyers have been the dominant profession in the House and Senate. But, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says maybe we could use some more doctors and carpenters who understand the measure-twice-cut-once rule.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , staffing cuts , Federal Report , IRS

Wednesday - 07/06/2011, 02:01am EDT

The day after Independence Day

Lots of people took the day off - from work and from reading - yesterday. Which is why senior correspondent Mike Causey saved his favorite Independence Day tribute for the day after.

Tags: Independence Day , workforce , gordon sinclair , Suzanne Kubota

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 02:01am EDT

July 4th holiday timeout

Are you enjoying your day off? So is senior correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: vacation , July 4 , workforce , Federal Report , pay and benefits

Monday - 07/04/2011, 02:01am EDT
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