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Friends-of-feds hard to come by

When you were little, you may have had an invisible friend, maybe a pet, a pretend brother or sister who loved you unconditionally or a superhero who defended you against bullies and monsters. Now that you are a grown-up federal worker you've graduated to new friends: invisible politicians.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce

Friday - 07/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM continues cutting retirement backlog as claims fall below expectations

For the third straight month, the Office of Personnel Management received fewer federal retirement claims than projected, according to monthly federal retirement data. OPM also met its processing goals for the month and the longstanding backlog of claims has fallen by 21 percent since January.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 02:54pm EDT

Feds with phobias

If you ask the typical federal/postal worker what his or her greatest job-related fear was, many would answer they are afraid Congress will change their retirement rules and base their benefits on their highest five-year average salary. Yet the likelihood of losing the current high-three system is small compared to other, more real threats, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , Congress , workforce , annuity

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency's successful teleworking plan.

Tags: Danette Campbell , In Depth , telework , USPTO , workforce , management , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:29pm EDT
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Moran takes pragmatic approach to SES reform

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said a realistic approach is needed to reform the Senior Executive Service. His bill would automatically increase pay for highly rated SESers. However, the bill leaves out controversial provisions requiring mandatory agency rotations for SES members. The pragmatic approach is necessary to "rescue" the program which has struggled with recruiting new members.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , management , workforce , SES , SES reform , Jim Moran

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 03:45pm EDT
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July 4 breather

Are you enjoying your day off? So is Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , workforce

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rebuild the Dream President Van Jones discuss 2012 elections - June 29th, 2012 and July 6th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rebuild the Dream President and Co-founder Van Jones discuss the importance of the 2012 elections from the recent Take Back the American Dream Conference. Former Clinton White House senior staffer Bob Weiner and AFGE Voter Protection Coordinator Mark Vinson also appear.

Tags: AFGE , Van Jones , Jan Schakowsky , Bob Weiner , workforce , Inside Government

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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The good old days weren't always so good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns the column over to reader Doc frrom the Energy Department, for today's guest columnist. He's been in the private sector too, and worked overseas for Uncle Sam. And he says the good old days sometimes weren't all that good.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , Energy , EPA

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fortunate feds: Job stability, retirement and health benefits

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey once again turns over to longtime reader, Dennis S., who spent a long time with Uncle Sam and a lot of time in the private sector. He says both the government and the private sector have their upsides and downsides. But he thinks its important to appreciate what you've got and live in the moment.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay , benefits , retirement , TSP , workforce

Monday - 07/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bill aims to reform Senior Executive Service

Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the SES Reform Act of 2012 today. Among other things, the bill would raise the salary of some SES personnel.

Tags: Jim Moran , Gerry Connolly , Federal Drive , management , workforce

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 11:08am EDT
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