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What's ahead for feds with security clearances?

Evan Lesser, founder and director of, talks about how the job market is changing for federal workers with high security clearances.
August 31, 2012

Tags: , Evan Lesser , security clearances , budget battle , Fed Access , Derrick Dortch

Friday - 08/31/2012, 10:27pm EDT

Bad news, good news and mangoes

When somebody tells a fed they've got good news and bad news and which do they want first, there is no right answer. So what is it now. And what does it mean when the boss says to report to her office with a burlap sack and two mangoes?

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

Friday - 08/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Tags: Peggy Rayfield , Air Force , DoD , unemployment , veterans , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT

AFGE President denounces continuation of federal pay freeze - August 24th, 2012 and August 31st, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National President J. David Cox opposes President Obama's decision to continue the federal employee pay freeze, while Public Policy Director Jacque Simon discusses the financial impact on workers. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and AFGE TSA Local 556 President Don Thomas also appear.

Tags: AFGE , J. David Cox , Jacque Simon , Arlene Holt Baker , Don Thomas

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 07:54pm EDT

Life aboard the federal gravy train

What's it like to ride the federal gravy train? Politicians, pundits and others tell us all the time, and it sounds great. So Senior Correspondent Mike Causey decided to upset the apple cart and ask some long-time easy riders what it's really like. They did.

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

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Is retirement in your near future?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is it a dedicated IRS auditor, a serious federal agent or a compassionate VA employee? Or, do you have a Charles Dickens moment and spot the ghost of Christmas Future - you after you have retired? While feds have mostly held on to their jobs, things could change quickly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , buyouts , phased retirement

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

USPS offers early outs to 3,300 workers

To avoid lay-offs, this week the mail agency offered early retirements to more than 3,300 employees who will retire Dec. 31, 2012.

Tags: USPS , budget , retirement , Pat Donahoe , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 08:59am EDT

GOP platform takes aim at federal workforce

The Republican Party officially unveiled national party platform Tuesday, revealing its plan to downsize the federal workforce, trim federal benefits and privatize airport screeners. The party's platform calls for a reduction in the federal workforce by at least 10 percent through attrition, says federal pay and benefits should be aligned with the private sector and calls for reforms to the U.S. Postal Service.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , TSA , workforce cuts , Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan , GOP platform , J. David Cox , AFGE ,

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 05:20pm EDT

Navel gazing, government style

Navel gazing is as old as the republic, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You can do it two ways: You can gaze at somebody else's or, in moments of reflection, at your own. Sort of like the wisdom of the crowd without the crowd. Today's column features some introspective visions of government operations from people on the inside.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , performance evaluation

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration could spur furloughs at Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the furloughs would address tighter budgets caused by sequestration. He also discussed other possible effects, including reductions in contracting. Wednesday's hearing represented the first time members of Congress have closely examined the effects across-the-board spending cuts could have on civilian agencies.

Tags: education , Federal Drive , Congress , Senate , Arne Duncan , budget , sequestration , management

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:57am EDT
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