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Damned if you do, darned if you don't!

What's the worst job in Washington? Some would say it is being director of the Office of Personnel Management in winter, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we found out why last week.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 02:00am EST

Handling your polar vortex

If you can read this, it means you are alive, well and a survivor of the massive polar vortex that froze half the country, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, how did you and your colleagues do it?

Friday - 01/24/2014, 02:00am EST

A PC, gluten-free investment option --yummy!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you think you could make more money, or be more supportive of causes to endorse, if Uncle Sam would broaden your investment options?

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Back when men were men...

Washington got its first big (for us) snowfall this week and, again, it turned once real men into mice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So why does this happen year after year?

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 02:00am EST

Stay home or go home: Nightmare decision

Every time there is a big snowstorm, top government officials are haunted by a 32-year-old nightmare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 02:00am EST

How are you spending your day?

Just because today is a holiday doesn't mean Uncle Sam has shut down. Far from it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Lots of people are in today either because they have to be (as in they are essential) or they want to be (as in dedicated). Either way, have a good day...

Monday - 01/20/2014, 02:00am EST

Cold weather kit: Bread, or beer & birth control

It's been a rough winter so far in much of the country, with the worst yet to come. So how do you prep for ice and snow? In D.C., people stock up on milk, white bread and toilet paper, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. In colder climates, like Buffalo, they go for a B & B: beer and birth control devices.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 02:00am EST

Self-plus-one coverage: What's in it for you?

Lots of people inside government are excited about the pending self-plus-one health plan option, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It will cost more than self-only, but less than the standard family plan. So who are the winners and losers?

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Take me to your leader: Who's in charge?

If other-world aliens landed next to your building and said "take me to your leader," would you head for Washington, your state capital or your boss on the top floor? Also, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: how did the government once manage to slash the number of managers almost overnight?

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 02:00am EST

Retirement ride: Will you be going 1st, 2nd or 3rd class?

Thanks to some surgical budget-cutting by Congress and the White House, Uncle Sam now has a three-tiered retirement plan: First-, second- and third-class where the service is the same but the price tag is higher for some than others.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Despite what your significant other says, you're worth more than you think!

Thanks to a portion of the media and many politicians, a lot of federal and postal workers have a low opinion of themselves. But when you crunch the numbers, feds are significant players in the stock market and in the net worth department, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Crunch your own numbers.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 06:12am EST

Uncle Sam's less-fat, more-muscle plan...

Want to lose weight, pack on muscle and become more tech savvy? Uncle Sam has this magic plan in the works, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. When approved, it will benefit young and old alike.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:00am EST

How cold was it? It was so cold that...

It's been so cold this week that Washington, D.C. has -- temporarily -- lost its title as Wimp City USA. Places like Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston, tough towns, also surrendered to the frigid arctic weather blast, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how cold was it?

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 02:00am EST

TSP investments -- everything's gold ... except gold!

If you are a Thrift Savings Plan investor in any of the stock funds, give yourself a pat on the back ... and purse or wallet, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Because everything is gold, except gold itself....

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 02:00am EST

2014: The year you get that promotion?

Is 2014 shaping up to be the year you get your first promotion in a long time? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should check out what could be a retirement surge in February.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 02:00am EST

Mission Accomplished, almost...

Hope you had a good holiday season and are ready for whatever 2014 brings, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It's hardly likely to be worse than 2013, unless of course it is. Keep your New Year's resolutions handy. This time for sure...

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Young feds: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

In the fifth guest column in a series of five, a long-time Federal Report reader shares his take on why it's important for young feds to start long-term planning early in their careers.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 02:00am EST

35 years a fed

One of the toughest, most important decisions, any worker ever makes is when to call it quits. Even people who are sick, tired or hate their jobs find it difficult to let go. Will it work financially, and emotionally? What happens next? Today's guest column is No. 3 in our five-part series. These are from real people, some like you maybe, who have been there-done-that-got-the-T-shirt. Today's guest columnist, Connie Hendryx, spent a long (mostly happy) time with Uncle Sam. She advises people how to prep for retirement.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 02:00am EST

Will the January pay raise leave you out in the cold?

The 2014 white-collar pay raise is not for everybody. Feds at the top of their grades in some cities won't be getting anything at all, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/01/2014, 02:00am EST

Retiring? What a difference a date makes

When deciding to retire there is one day, but lots of different dates, that is best for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. How do you figure out the difference?

Tuesday - 12/31/2013, 02:00am EST
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