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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 , Mike Causey , pay debate , pay freeze , layoff , BRAC , Mike Coffman , Kevin Brady

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

Read This, Save $146.4 Billion!

So how do you sell something to Congress and the public? You must make sure that the numbers you present look good...even if they don't make sense. Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is now in possession of the magic numbers formula and if you read today's column you can save yourself $124.6 billion.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal spending , job cuts

Thursday - 01/13/2011, 04:00am EST

Senate omnibus bill includes 2-year pay freeze

The $1.1 trillion Senate omnibus bill would authorize President Obama's pay freeze proposal. But it protects against furloughs or reductions-in-force. The Senate's bill would replace the House's version, which is a continuing resolution. Lawmakers must approve a bill before Dec. 19 when the current CR expires.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , Senate , omnibus , Congress , House , continuing resolution , Jason Miller , Jolie Lee , management , contracting

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 07:28pm EST

Md. government paying people to quit their jobs

In order to trim the budget and reduce the size of state government, Maryland is offering eligible state employees a buyout.

Tags: buyout , Maryland General Assembly , Voluntary Separation Program , Martin O'Malley , Darci Marchese

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 04:53pm EST

Freezes, furloughs and funding on the Hill

Congress is working to make decisions on three huge issues that affect federal employees: the proposed pay freeze, workforce reductions, and agency funding. The Hill's Ian Swanson runs it down for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , The Hill , Congress , lame duck , Ian Swanson , pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , continuing resolution ,

Wednesday - 12/01/2010, 10:31am EST
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Deficit reduction to hit Pentagon in the pocket

In addition to cuts in federal pay and furloughs for government workers the commission also wants to roll back defense spending. Carl Conetta, Co-Director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, says we're on the right track with defense cuts.

Tags: DoD Report , Federal Drive , deficit reduction commission , budget cuts , defense spending , defense cuts , Project on Defense Alternatives , Carl Conetta

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 09:40am EST
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Your Future: Omnibus or Ominous?

The shattered lame duck session of the 111th Congress has limped back in town with lots of homework to complete in a short time. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it includes the federal pay raise (if any), job security issues, $250 payments for retirees and a new TSP perk.

Tags: Pay & Benefits , Mike Causey , federal pay , pay raise , pay freeze , omnibus , $250 payment , TSP , sick leave

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 04:00am EST

Feds Speak Out on Congress's Belt-Tightening Plans

Many signs point to the likelihood that Congress is going to tighten the federal government's belt starting, of course, with your belt. So how is it going to play out, and will federal workers play? Mike Causey thinks you may have the answers.

Tags: Congress , Election 2010 , pay freeze , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report

Friday - 11/05/2010, 04:00am EDT

Elections 2010: Focus on federal workers

A partial shift in power on the Hill means committee chairmanships will change in the House but not in the Senate. A variety of issues from the federal budget to telework, and federal pay and regulatory policies will be re-examined.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , Mike Causey , Dan Adcock , Leslie Phillips , Steny Hoyer , Darrell Issa , Jason Chaffetz , Bob Cusack , Suzanne Kubota , Jerry Bodlander , Susan Crabtree , federal pay raise , pay raise , 2011 budget , Bill Bransford , hiring freeze , workforce reductions , health care , FEHBP , Social Security , $250 payment , Jolie Lee , Julia Ziegler , 1.4 percent raise , federal employees , Election 2010

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 08:00am EDT

Furloughs or Working Holidays

When it returns for a post-election session, a grumpy, angry Congress may take up a proposal to furlough federal workers for up to two weeks next year. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders, is there another solution? Like maybe working holidays!

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , holidays , pay and benefits , pay debate

Tuesday - 10/12/2010, 04:00am EDT
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