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Retiring soon? Welcome to 'Mission Improbable'

Planning to retire someday? Before you sail off into the golden years, here are some tips from recently retired feds: Don't do it! Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Tags: Your Turn , Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

COLA? Maybe. Pay raise? Maybe not!

How can you tell the difference between a current government worker and a retired civil servant? One of them is smiling, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Think about it, prices have gone up, taxes have gone up, health premiums have gone up -- but feds at the Pentagon, HUD, Interior and other agencies haven't had a raise in three years.

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

Monday - 08/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Jobs website sees increase in contract employees seeking work

It's not only government employees who are suffering from sequestration, but contractors, big and small, are feeling the hit as well. Contractors may have to trim their staffs if they lose out on a government contract.

Tags: Ginger Groeber , Exfederal.com , sequestration , contracting , hiring , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:33pm EDT
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Furloughs hit tidal wave level

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it a sequestration-driven furlough tsunami that threatens to bury one very small, but important, federal agency that is seeing its 30-year workload record being shattered almost daily, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Union wants rewrite of phased-retirement rules

The National Treasury Employees Union supports the general idea of phased retirement but has taken issue with some of the specifics set out by the Office of Personnel Management in its draft regulations. NTEU President Colleen Kelley says the rules, in their current form, require would-be phased retirees to have 20 years of experience, which could limit the number of employee eligible for the program. NTEU is also concerned about the lack of an appeals process for feds deemed ineligible for the option.

Tags: OPM , phased retirement , Colleen Kelley , retirement , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:03pm EDT
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Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Tags: Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , USPS , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , postal reform bill , Darrell Issa , Michael OConnell , retirement , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

The Middle East, Mexican drug war , and more

Stratfor's Fred Burton and Jacob Shapiro, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about a number international stories and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.
August 2, 2013

Tags: Stratfor , Fred Burton , Jacob Shapiro , Mexican drug cartel , drug war , border protection , Derrick Dortch , Middle East

Friday - 08/02/2013, 09:49pm EDT
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DoD scrounges for cash to cancel civilian furloughs

The Pentagon says no decisions have been made, but eliminating 2013 furloughs is at the top of the funding priority list if it can find any excess funds.

Tags: DoD , Congress , sequestration , furloughs , Strategic Choices and Management Review , Ashton Carter , James Winnefeld , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/02/2013, 05:39am EDT
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Those were the days...

Here's a horrible thought to start off your week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You've had your pay frozen and maybe you have been furloughed with more mandatory time-outs to come. But what if these are the good old days right now? That it can't get any better than this...

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , sequestration , furloughs

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

Vantage point: Small and mid-sized contractors offer perspectives on sequestration

With fewer government contracts coming down the pipeline, small and mid-sized contractors are feeling the pinch of sequestration. Should they diversify, cut staff or sit tight and hope that big contract is just around the corner? Federal News Radio examines these issues in part 6 of our special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Tags: Private Side of Sequestration , sequestration , contracting , small business , hiring , Lisa Mascolo , Optimos , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , Carmine Taglialatela , TecPort Solutions , Nancy Blethen , Tech Systems , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 12:40pm EDT
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