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Cost Cutters Focus on Feds

The first unofficial holiday of the government's fiscal year, Halloween, is traditionally the time when horrible job-related rumors are revived. After scaring many federal workers and retirees the scary stuff always goes away. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this year things may be different.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay raise , freeze , pay freeze

Friday - 10/29/2010, 04:00am EDT

Fed Power in a Close Election

In a close election, federal and postal workers and politically-active retirees could make the difference in a dozen key congressional districts and even in some Senate races. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey crunches the numbers on this potential but invisible power bloc.

Tags: pay and benefits , political pull

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 04:00am EDT

Only Four Days Left to Wreck Your Career!

Quick, because your job may be at stake: The Hatch Act is 1) a 71 year old law protecting feds from political arm-twisting or 2) a 1920s show business review featuring scantily clad pullets. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says your job could depend on the right answer.

Tags: pay and benefits , Hatch Act

Wednesday - 10/27/2010, 04:00am EDT

A one-shot $250 check for retired feds?

Will retirees get a one-time $250 check? On this week's Your Turn host Mike Causey talks with Dan Adcock and David Snell from National Active and Retired Federal Employees about the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.
October 27, 2010

Tags: pay and benefits , COLA , Congress , retirees , Dan Adcock , David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 04:29pm EDT

Feds Sleeping on the Job

With Congress about to consider a federal pay freeze, furloughs and maybe even RIFs, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has produced the icing on the cake. He found a federal worker who admits he slept on the job during last winter's 31-inch snowstorm that all but shut DC down.

Tags: pay and benefits , furlough , pay debate

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 04:00am EDT

Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday: For Some

Social Security Administration workers have improved service despite a rough year dealing with the public. As a reward they are going to get an extra day off on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Does that increase the odds for it to happen in your agency? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks so.

Tags: pay and benefits , bonus holiday

Monday - 10/25/2010, 04:00am EDT

Feds Get Early, Extended Halloween

Halloween is still more than a week away, but for many federal and postal retirees, and retired feds, it started months ago and probably will continue through the end of this year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks about furloughs, a possible pay freeze and even layoffs.

Tags: pay and benefits , scapegoats , pay debate

Friday - 10/22/2010, 04:00am EDT

Sweetening No-Cal COLAs: A Senior Moment?

Social Security and retired feds won't be getting a cost of living adjustment next year, but they once again may get a flat $250 payment courtesy of Congress and the administration. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks is this fair and just, or just another political senior moment?

Tags: pay and benefits , COLA , $250 payment , Social Security

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 04:00am EDT

Pets-Over-Partners Policy Muzzled

Pets over people. Discrimination in the federal health insurance program. Sounds outrageous but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's all a mistake.

Tags: pay and benefits , FEHBP , pet coverage , DOMA

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 04:00am EDT

Layoffs/Furloughs: Conspiracy or Coincidence?

Is all this talk about about furloughs, a pay freeze and now layoffs serious stuff or is this a political pile-on that will go away after the election. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tests your conspiracy theory IQ.

Tags: pay and benefits , conspiracy theories , pay debate

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 04:00am EDT
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