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Will you wind up a 2 percenter?

When the power company announces that 98 percent of its customers have had their electricity restored it means that 2 percent are still in the dark. Thanks to an upsurge in retirements some federal retirees are experiencing a long wait in getting full benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: OPM , John Berry , OPM backlog , retirement , Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Tags: VA , benefits , claims processing , Allison Hickey , Esther Carey , management , claims backlog

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

The long gray line: Your retirement

If you've retired in the last year, you know all about the long wait to get a full annuity payment. OPM has declared war on the backlog, but how does it win? Some experienced feds suggest you can help your own case, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: OPM , John Berry , retirement , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Reprort , retirement backlog

Friday - 01/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Are you in the Buyout Zone?

The IRS is the latest agency to join the 2012 buyout parade. Employees in other agencies should study it because it may be the model for similar buyouts governmentwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefts , benefits , retirement , Mike Causey , buyouts , early retirements , VERA , VSIP

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Buyout barrage: Mixed blessing?

Buyouts are popping up all over the government. And even if you are not in the market, they may have an impact on your job, your promotion potential and, if you are planning to retire anyhow, how quickly you get your first full annuity payment, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , buyouts , early retirements ,

Monday - 03/05/2012, 02:00am EST

Need to 'rally the troops' stymies spread of telework

Some managers find it difficult to lead employees working outside of the building. But hesitant leaders can find comfort in setting realistic expectations based on information gathered while employees are in the office.

Tags: telework , Telework Enhancement Act , management , OPM , Gil Gordon , Chuck Wilsker , Telework Coalition , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Nostradamus rides again!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has often exhibited psychic powers. Now we have proof. Read about his latest prediction and the price he paid for it.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report ,

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

Going on vacation? How to back away from the BlackBerry

The current generation of BlackBerry and iPhone- wielding federal employees presents the daunting task of trying to disconnect from work's stressors in even the most relaxing of environments. Here are some tips that should enable feds to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , Keith BieryGolick

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:58pm EDT
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NASA offers buyouts to 117 Goddard employees

Individuals in some positions can apply to retire as NASA focuses on reshaping its workforce. NASA will cap severance pay at $25,000.

Tags: NASA , buyouts , pay and benefits , retirement , Esther Carey , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Monday - 07/09/2012, 02:59pm EDT

Shuffling the SES deck

Is your top management dead in the water? Are your SES bosses living in silos and afraid to even look outside the boss? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is shuffling the SES deck a good idea?

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

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 02:00am EDT
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