Federal Report

  • Reform yoga: Bend over and smile

    When your political bosses tell you to bend over and await further instructions, chances are you are about to be reformed. So if you’ve been there and done that, get ready for another exercise in excellence, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Home Alone — again, please!

    Remember the fable of the rabbit, trapped by a hungry fox, who begs to be punished by being thrown into the briar patch? Think of yourself as that rascally rabbit, and Congress as the hungry but not so bright fox, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We’re talking about the shutdown showdown.

  • Forecast for feds: You’re toast — again!

    If you live and work in the Washington area, are you less happy and more nervous in the civil service than your identical twin who’s a fed in Indianapolis or Denver? Maybe there’s a good reason, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Home Alone: What did you do during the shutdown?

    Back in the day, when the draft was still around, kids used to ask, “What did you do during the war, Daddy?” Today, in major federal centers, they want to know what you were up to this time nine months ago?

  • Buyouts: Here today, gone tomorrow!

    Remember the buyouts of the 1990s? Maybe you were just starting out and it saved your job. Well that was then, and this is now. Forget everything you knew about buyouts and start all over again, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Pending threats: Separating the sharks from the minnows

    Thanks to summertime and the upcoming election, even the most anti-bureaucrat politicians have called a time out in their whack-a-fed agendas. But there are some real threats out there.

  • Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

    The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers – and retirees – these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Federal retirees shouldering retirement burden

    What Golden Years? Today’s guest column is from a retired fed who says he doesn’t understand why retirees have to pay taxes to fund local public schools.

  • Last days of a working fed

    On your last day of work, are you going to leave a surprise gift on somebody’s desk? Today’s guest columnist is soon pulling the plug after nearly 27 years with Uncle Sam. So what are his thoughts?

  • The government contractor ‘scam?’

    In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can’t stand each other. Today’s guest columnist gives his view of the “scam” in his operation.