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Retirement programs, VA scandal, shrinking workforce

NARFE's Jessica Klement and Andy Medici from the Federal Times discuss a number of issues affecting feds, including proposed changes to the federal retirement program and the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 11, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , phased retirement , federal retirement , Department of Veterans Affairs , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Andy Medici , Federal Times , Reemployed annuitants , Your Turn

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:03pm EDT

Picking feds out of a lineup!

How do you find the handful of feds interested in leaving federal service in a large, bored, lookalike crowd? Answer: Shout out the words "buyout" and/or "phased retirement" and stand back, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal Report , workforce , retirement , buyouts , phased retirement

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

The Vacation Kings return

Congress is back at work, after its most recent vacation, and members are filled with righteous indignation. Fortunately for federal workers, it isn't directed at their pay, benefits or retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal Report , Congress , workforce

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The end of this fiscal year is the deadline OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has set for getting phased retirement in place for Federal employees. The concept has been around for a couple years, but Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks people who criticize OPM for taking too long to get the program going might have expectations that are too high.

Tags: In Depth

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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Cover-ups 101

Scandal-rocked federal agencies could, probably should, take survival training from Detroit auto-makers, who know how to handle little and sometimes not so little problems, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal Report , workforce , VA

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

D-Day plus 70

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. If you have living link to the Greatest Generation, cherish it. I lost mine yesterday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal Report , D-Day , World War II

Friday - 06/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

When at first you don't succeed ... Give it up!

When you try something 32,000 times, including 1,600 times in one 8-hour period and fail, there is a lesson there. And the lesson is that despite what you've read, heard and been taught, failure is an option. Especially if you work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal Report , furloughs , furlough appeals , MSPB

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

VA: Brush fire or forest fire?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is the ongoing VA scandal just a small brush fire, or is it likely to spread to other agencies, impacting bonuses and job security?

Tags: Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Bonuses: Attaboy or entitlement?

Does your agency hand out bonuses to the truly deserving, or are they handed out among the elite on an its-your-turn-rotation system? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your last bonus really going to to be your last?

Tags: Federal Report , pay and benefits , bonuses , VA

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

In an era when Congress rarely agrees on anything, some bipartisanship might usually be a welcome thing. But what Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is hammering the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that given the depths of the scandal that's not surprising.

Tags: In Depth

Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
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