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Feds' pay, pensions safe in payroll tax cut extension

Federal employees have dodged a bullet...for now. Congress will not freeze federal pay or change the annuity formula to pay for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Tags: payroll tax cut , Congress , Senate , House , pay and benefits , pay , benefits , high 5 , pensions

Saturday - 12/17/2011, 02:02pm EST

For Feds the End is Near, Isn't It?

One of the top job-related questions feds have is will they have time to retire this year before Congress changes retirement rules. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the answer is very likely yes, but there are more serious threats facing both workers and retirees.

Tags: pay and benefits , high 5 , annuities cuts , Mike Causey , retirement

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 04:00am EDT

The High-5 Monster Under Feds' Beds

Even the most rational, self-controlled federal and postal workers sometimes have nightmares about their jobs. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says chief among them is the fear that Uncle Sam is going to change the rules, drastically reducing lifetime retirement payments.

Tags: retirement , high 5 , COLA , benefits , pay and benefits , Congress , Mike Causey

Friday - 05/06/2011, 02:01am EDT

Destroying Government to Save It

Some members of Congress believe that the best way to improve government services is to break the spirit of people who work for government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that's one way, but not necessarily the smart way, to do business.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , FERS , pay debate

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 04:00am EDT

Retirement Tidal Wave or Work Till You Drop?

If they change retirement rules, will you bail out or will they find you cold in your cubicle clutching your shriveled TSP statement? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should consider the math and look before you leap.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , retirement

Friday - 03/18/2011, 04:00am EDT

For Feds, True Grit May Not Be Enough

Federal workers are under a two-year pay freeze, Congress is looking at furloughs and pension cuts and yet, we are told, these are the good old days. Things may get tougher for you and your agency. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says while it may not be the end of the world, this is definitely not just a drill.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , FY 2012 budget , budget , pay freeze , outsourcing , IRS , continuing resolution ,

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 04:00am EST

Die at Your Desk Club has Immediate Openings!

Thanks to congressional interest in federal retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says membership in the Die At Your Desk Club may soar. So what's the deal and what are the proposed changes?

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , HR 235 , pay freeze ,

Friday - 01/14/2011, 04:00am EST

Feds Customize 2012 Survival Kits

With a 2-year pay freeze in place and politicians looking at your job and retirement benefits are you suddenly nervous in the civil service? Given the economic outlook are you ready to pull the plug or hang in there until better times. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is hearing it both ways.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , buyouts , high 5

Monday - 01/10/2011, 04:00am EST

Pay Freeze & Retirement

Will the proposed federal pay freeze hamper the hunt for the best and brightest and clog the promotion pipeline in your office. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could very well happen.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , pay freeze , pay debate , retirement benefits ,

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 04:00am EST
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