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Congress should measure twice, cut workforce once

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: pay and benefits , workforce , IRS , Congress , workforce reductions

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 02:01am EDT

Hiring Freeze Hangover

If there is a federal hiring freeze, how will it affect your agency, your operation and your job? What are the odds that you and your agency might be exempt? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that if the past is prologue they may be better than you think.

Tags: pay and benefits , cutbacks , job cuts , hiring freeze , workforce

Monday - 06/13/2011, 04:00am EDT

What do senior executives think about proposed cuts in the federal workforce?

Host Mike Causey is joined by Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, and Federal Times senior staff writer Steve Losey. They will discuss federal pay and benefits and plans in Congress to cut them.
June 8, 2011(Encore presentation July 6, 2011)

Tags: pay and benefits , Senior Executives Association , Carol Bonosaro , federal workforce , Federal Times , Steve Losey , Congress , Your Turn

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 11:09pm EDT
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Retiree/Social Security COLAs Next Target?

People who get civil service, military or Social Security retirement benefits are in line for a cost of living adjustment next year in the 3 percent range. But will Congress try to freeze, lower or delay that long-awaited COLA? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's happened before....

Tags: Federal Report , pay and benefits , COLA , Social Security , retirement , Your Turn

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 04:00am EDT

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
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