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Paid vacation or nightmare tour?

Did the 16-day-for-some furlough ruin your year or was it a welcome suprise vacation? It is getting mixed reviews from feds who had to work and those who were forced -- then paid -- to stay home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Furlough fever: Sell low, buy high

If you are a federal worker, did you raid your retirement fund, or sell low and buy high during the government shutdown? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Was it prudent or panic behavior to flee the stock market before and during the shutdown?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , TSP ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Orphans of the shutdown storm: The excepted vs. the expendables

For many feds, the shutdown seemed like a bad dream. Among its unintended consequences: It created two classes of federal workers in the same office -- the excepted vs. the expendables, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are those forced to work due a little something extra?

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Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

Thousands of feds turned to TSP to weather shutdown

Hardship withdrawals shot up in the first few weeks of October and thousands more employees opted to shift their investments out of higher-risk areas and into the G Fund, TSP officials said at at the board's monthly meeting Monday. During the shutdown, some 8,200 participants requested hardship withdrawals, compared to 5,500 during the same period of time last year.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , Greg Long , Veronica Mance , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/28/2013, 05:17pm EDT

DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Congress , sequestration , Army , Navy , Air Force , Sean Stackley , Heidi Shyu , William LaPlante , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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Free drugs and the Economy

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine the impact of the 340B Drug program on so-called "safety-net" hospitals, and how the government shutdown has affected the economy.
October 24, 2013

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Affordable Care Act , 340B program , safety net hospitals , economy , Allen Scott , Brian Rye , Nela Richardson , Janet Yellen , Federal Reserve , Bloomberg Government , Capital Impact

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 05:43pm EDT
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Memorial service for the shutdown

Key politicians from both parties have said never again will there be a government shutdown like the farce of 2013, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports. So if it is safe to write the shutdown's obituary, where would you start?

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Thursday - 10/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

How to prepare for the next government shutdown

Financial planner Arthur Stein will discuss what you can do to protect your assets in the event of another government shutdown, and Sean Reilly will talk about the possibility of another shutdown, and what's ahead for feds.
October 23, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , financial planning , Arthur Stein , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , budget battle , Congress , USPS , TSP , federal retirement , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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Shutdown: The Sequel

Top politicians have vowed there will be no more shutdowns. But they've said that before, including as recently as this month, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what can you do if there's a repeat performance?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Congress ,

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

After the shutdown: Federal employees cite drain on morale

Eighty-three percent of respondents to a Federal News Radio online poll said morale at their workplace is now worse than before the shutdown. Another 5 percent of respondents said they didn't feel personally affected but the morale of their co-workers had worsened. Federal workforce experts and employees, themselves, say the the two-week government shutdown has opened up a rift of resentment between groups of federal employees which, in part, is fueling the morale drain.

Tags: management , budget , Congress , workforce , Sean Morris , Deloitte , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Cindy Blythe , Steve Ressler , GovLoop , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 02:03pm EDT
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