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VFW urges members to fight military benefits changes

he Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday urged its 2 million members to plead with Congress to spare military and veterans' benefits as a special deficit-cutting panel looks to slash $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

Tags: military , DoD , Congress , VFW , pay and benefits , benefits

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:04pm EDT

Who's that turkey in the mirror?

What do current federal workers and turkeys have in common with royal prisoners held after the French revolution. Key phrase: Impending cuts, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , Congress ,

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 02:00am EDT

Panetta wants full accounting of money in, money out by 2014

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants the department to have at least part of its books ready for audit well in advance of the Congressionally-mandated 2017 deadline. The edict could prove challenging for some components of DoD.

Tags: DoD , audit readiness , Congress , budget , Leon Panetta , Martin Dempsey , pay and benefits , military pensions , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee

Friday - 10/14/2011, 05:24am EDT
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Ground forces shouldn't bear brunt of DoD cuts, Army leaders argue

In the face of suggestions that the military of the future will rely more on air and sea power than ground forces, Army leaders say such arguments were wrong in the past and are wrong now.

Tags: DoD , Army , ausa 2011 , Raymond Odierno , John McHugh , DoD budget , budget , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:37am EDT
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Deficit 'supercommittee' struggles as clock ticks

The supercommittee is struggling.

After weeks of secret meetings, the 12-member deficit-cutting panel established under last summer's budget and debt deal appears no closer to a breakthrough than when talks began last month.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , debt , deficit reduction

Sunday - 10/09/2011, 02:41pm EDT

Thanksgiving: Whose heads will roll?

The Thanksgiving turkeys delivered to the White House may have a much happier holiday than many federal workers, who could be getting a very big dose of bad news, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , Congress , State , USAID , Foreign Service Office , susan johnson , American Foreign Service Association

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 02:00am EDT

Is the honeymoon over?

Although most federal and postal unions supported President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, they are now asking Congress to protect them from a White House proposal to permanently trim take home pay, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , pay freeze , FERS , retirement , CSRS ,

Friday - 09/30/2011, 02:00am EDT

Feds have sacrificed enough, federal groups tell supercommittee

Postal workers and federal employees groups are urging the "supercommittee" to reject President Barack Obama's proposed increase in employee retirement contributions and support his cap on contractors' salaries. The Federal-Postal Coalition also wants lawmakers to preserve Saturday mail delivery, despite USPS' wishes.

Tags: Federal-Postal Coalition , unions , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Barack Obama , workforce , pay and benefits , USPS , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 06:02pm EDT

Less Painful Pain Pills

Why is it that when many federal workers and retirees take a pill for a headache, sinus or their blood pressure they also feel a pain in the butt? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says its all about the high price of prescription drugs.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , health care , OPM , FEHBP

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 02:05am EDT
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