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Congress' to-do list crowded with budget headaches

Congress returns to work today with a crowded agenda and little time. Lawmakers must come to agreement on 2014 funding before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 or risk a government shutdown. Also on the agenda: coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration and negotiating a raise in the government's borrowing limit. There are also other measures affecting federal employees that remain to be worked out, including legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service and a potential 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , Senate , appropriations , sequestration , Philip Joyce , Romina Boccia , Heritage Foundation , Jessica Klement , NARFE , continuing resolution , debt limit , postal reform , Tom Carper , Gerry Connolly , workforce

Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Pay raise? Call in the psychics

Want to know the size of the next federal pay raise? Your best bet is to take $20, or the going rate, and find yourself a first-class tarot card reader. If she deals you the Ace of Pentacles you will be in the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Obama ends federal pay freeze; Congress could still block

President Barack Obama issued some good news for federal workers before the start of Labor Day weekend, calling for a 1 percent pay increase for feds in 2014. But Congress could still prevent the raises through legislation. Federal employees have had their pay frozen since January 2011.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , pay freeze , Congress , continuing resolution , workforce , pay , Michael OConnell ,

Friday - 08/30/2013, 08:02pm EDT

Paying 2013 prices with 2010 dollars

So how do you manage to pay 2013-level bills -- like rent, food and health insurance -- on a 2009 pay scale. Look around you. Look in the mirror. It's what millions of federal workers have been doing for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Chained CPI, TSP, and the 2014 budget

Financial Planner Art Stein and Federal Times Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey join host Mike Causey to talk about a number of issues affecting federal workers.
April 24, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , Art Stein , chained CPI , TSP , budget 2014 , pensions , Federal Times , Stephen Losey , FEHBP , STOCK Act , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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Chained CPI, TSP, and the 2014 budget

Financial Planner Art Stein and Federal Times Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey join host Mike Causey to talk about a number of issues affecting federal workers.
April 17, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , Art Stein , chained CPI , TSP , budget 2014 , pensions , Federal Times , Stephen Losey , FEHBP , STOCK Act , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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DoD's 2014 budget: Fewer civilians, higher retiree health fees

The Defense Department's 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.

Tags: DoD , budget , 2014 budget , TRICARE , retirement

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 12:52pm EDT

Obama to propose 1 percent pay increase in 2014 budget

President Barack Obama will recommend a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees in his fiscal 2014 budget request, according to federal-employee unions. The pay increase will apply to both civilian federal workers and military members. The White House is expected to release its full budget request next month.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Barack Obama , pay freeze , NTEU , Colleen Kelley

Friday - 02/08/2013, 08:34pm EST

House bill blocks pay increase for feds

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) introduced a bill that would block a 0.5 percent pay raise for federal workers slated to go into effect March 27. In an executive order issued late last month, President Barack Obama mandated a 0.5 percent pay increase.

Tags: House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Ron DeSantis , Darrell Issa

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 04:15pm EST

Take this raise and store it

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders whether the prospect of a March pay raise - after two years in the deep freeze - makes you giddy with excitement. Have you already started planning on what you will do with that extra dollar a day?

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

Monday - 01/07/2013, 02:00am EST
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