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Long, hot summer for feds

Democrats control the White House and the Senate, while Republicans call the shots in the House. So what impact has divided government had on federal workers? Some people think things could be a whole lot worse if one party ran all three operations at the same time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 06/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

Back to work: A lean, mean writing machine!

Editors Note: Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote today's back-from-vacation column more than a week before he actually went on vacation. But we'll run it in confidence that he made all the improvements he had planned and returns a slimmer, smarter fighting machine.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , vacation

Monday - 07/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Number of federal teleworkers hits all-time high

OPM sends Congress 2011 report on number of employees teleworking. This is the first report since the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 became law. PTO, GSA, HHS, Education and Treasury are among the leaders in percentage of eligible employees working outside the office.

Tags: workforce , OPM , John Berry , telework , management , Gerry Connolly , Telework Enhancment Act , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/09/2012, 05:28am EDT
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FLEOA update

Chris Schoppmeyer, vice president for Agency Affairs at the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association will talk about legislation pending in Congress that affects members of his organization.
July 6, 2012

Tags: workforce , jenny mattingly , Tony Vergnetti , FLEOA , Chris Schoppmeyer , law enforcement , Fed Talk

Friday - 07/06/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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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
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