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Winter In Washington: When Sex, Politics, and Football Fail

What do the director of the Office of Personnel Management, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Washington's electric power company have in common? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says all three of them are having a very tough winter and it's only going to get worse.

Tags: pay and benefits , telework , OPM , John Berry

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 04:00am EST

Congressional Delay Eats Into Retirees Checks

If you are a government or military retiree, odds are your retirement check for January was a little light. So what happened? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you can blame your benefit cut on the lame duck Congress, but relief is on the way.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement checks , COLA , tax cuts

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 04:00am EST

Tremor or Earthquake? Hang Tight

What does President Obama's plan to shake-up and streamline the government mean to your agency and your job? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says most feds have been through this before and that as always, the devil is in the details.

Tags: pay and benefits , reforms

Monday - 01/31/2011, 04:00am EST

Uncle Sam's Morning After

Every time we have a snowstorm here in your very hilly nation's capital, survivors emerge the next morning with tales of the horror of their commute and the bravery they exhibited getting to and from work. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey examines the morning after.

Tags: pay and benefits , OPM , snow

Friday - 01/28/2011, 04:00am EST

Snowstorms Inspire Telework Talk

Every time it snows in Washington people in high places rediscover the joys of teleworking. So what are the odds you will be working from home in the next couple of years? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says don't sell your car just yet.

Tags: pay and benefits , telework

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 04:00am EST

New Congress: Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

If you are a vintage movie buff, especially of science fiction classics, you may understand why the membership and the rhetoric of the new Congress reminds Senior Correspondent Mike Causey of one of his boyhood favorites from Hollywood: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

Tags: pay and benefits , fed bashing , pay cut , pay freeze

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 04:00am EST

What's Next: Sackcloth Uniforms For Feds?

If things go as they should, the federal worker of the not too distant future will wear a uniform: Shorts and T-shirts in the summer and a sackcloth jumpsuit in the winter...with togas for members of Congress. Mike Causey says it's a win-win idea whose time has come...and you know why!

Tags: pay and benefits , Federal Report , Congress , Civil Service Sackcloth Suit

Monday - 01/24/2011, 02:01am EST

Whack DC But Hit Denver & Houston

With all this talk about furloughs and layoffs Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has a timely reminder for politicians: while their target may be waste, red tape and duplication in Washington, people hurt most by government cutbacks live, work and VOTE way outside the beltway.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay debate , furloughs , pay freeze , layoff , BRAC , Mike Coffman , Kevin Brady

Thursday - 01/20/2011, 04:00am EST

Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

If you want a preview of coming attractions in your own agency, check out what is happening in the giant US Postal Service. It is looking at a major cutback of administrative personnel, consolidating post offices and relocating employees, not to mention possible pay and benefit changes. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you could be next.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , pay rates , pension , downsizing , Interior , GSA , Commerce , SSA , High-3

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 04:00am EST

For Some Feds: a 1.7 Percent COLA

Most federal workers and most federal retirees didn't get a pay raise or a cost of living adjustment this year. But for a smaller group of retired feds, a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment has just kicked in. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says timing is everything.

Tags: pay and benefits , COLA

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 04:00am EST
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