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Federal TSP millionaire tells how to join the club

There are several ways to become a millionaire. You can become Oprah's best friend or, if you work for the federal government, you can do it via the TSP. More than 900 feds have million dollar accounts, and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey found out how one of them did it.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fast-tracking security clearances

The horrific Washington Navy Yard shooting has everybody asking the how and why question, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The "why" is the one that is usually never answered satisfactorily. But the "how" question is out there: How did the Navy contractor, with all his baggage, get a security clearance? What could have been done to protect workers? The pros don't know, but maybe you do.

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 02:00am EDT

Invisible federal millionaires

Is the person in the next cubicle really a closet millionaire? Does the person who organized your carpool have a seven-figure retirement nest egg? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are you rich and don't know it?

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Federal job description: Sometimes deadly

Working for the federal government, no matter who you are or where you work, can be dangerous, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Sometimes deadly. There was the Oklahoma City bombing, and the aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the IRS in Austin. And again yesterday in a high-security Navy operation in D.C.

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

RIF bait: The young and restless!

If you are young, newly hired or you are not a military veteran, you could find yourself between a rock and a hard place starting in October. If federal agencies, like Defense, decide to thin the herd with a RIF (reduction in force), new hires, young employees and nonvets would be the first fired.

Monday - 09/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration and Syria

Members of the federal family have an outsized stake in the outcome of the Syria debate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The term boots-on-the-ground is a popular but distant buzzword for politicians and pundits. But many feds have literally been in those boots.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 02:00am EDT

9/12/01: The morning after a real nightmare

Washington and New York City are not exactly considered to be meccas of civility and charm, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But they changed, at least for a while, following the 9/11 attacks. So, how was it where you were?

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

9/11 plus 12

If you are in your mid-20s, or older, chances are you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It was a game-changing date for our government, the country and the world.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Were you visited by the furlough fairy?

Sequestration has left tens of thousands of federal workers dazed, angry and broke, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So were they wrong, or are they wimps? Were you tapped by the furlough fairy's magic wand? If so, how come? If not, how did you escape?

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Neither snow, nor moose, nor gangbangers keep feds from the job

In the D.C. area, the main problem commuters have morning and evening is other commuters. But out in the real world Alaska, Puerto Rico, Oregon and California there are other traffic problems ranging from intransigent moose to gangbangers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how do you make it?

Monday - 09/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: Can we afford all these savings?

Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?

Friday - 09/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pay raise? Call in the psychics

Want to know the size of the next federal pay raise? Your best bet is to take $20, or the going rate, and find yourself a first-class tarot card reader. If she deals you the Ace of Pentacles you will be in the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Commuter confessions: 50 Shades of Grim!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you spend more quality time with your steering wheel than with your kids? Instead of romancing your significant other, are your idle hours spent getting oil changes. Has your life spun out of control because of your commute, or do you know what you are doing?

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

Your commute: The naked truth

Unless you live at the office, like some frugal members of Congress, chances are you have a fairly healthy commute each day to and from work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The average commute time in the D.C. area is about 34 minutes -- almost as bad as New York. So how far do you travel, and what've you seen on the way?

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Lifeguard duty on Labor Day

Even though it's a federal holiday, the one when working folks are supposed to rest, Uncle Sam has millions of lifeguards - civilian and military - on duty today. For obvious reasons. And even if you can't see them, they are there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 09/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Paying 2013 prices with 2010 dollars

So how do you manage to pay 2013-level bills -- like rent, food and health insurance -- on a 2009 pay scale. Look around you. Look in the mirror. It's what millions of federal workers have been doing for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is it 'Jaws' or 'Sharknado' for retirees?

Picture yourself floating in a deep, dark swamp, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There doesn't appear to be any danger, except the pair of eyes watching you from the surface of the swamp. But what harm could they do? Ever hear of the federal version of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon?"

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

A foursome you don't want?

Ever hear the old saying that bad things come in threes? It's been around a long time, and it often seems to work out that way. Bad news, bad weather, whatever. Unless you happen to work for the federal government, in which case, make that bad news comes as a foursome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fired, furloughed or locked out - what are the odds?

In some states, they used to let condemned prisoners choose their method of execution. That has mostly gone out of style. But here in Washington, politicians still give about-to-be-kicked federal workers some different options, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Such as furloughed, fired or locked out.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

The government as 'Animal Farm?'

As Americans, we learn from childhood that all men (and women) are created equal. But as we get older, wiser and more experienced, read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" or go to work for the government, we learn that some people are created more equal than others. So is Uncle Sam running a sort of Animal Farm? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 02:00am EDT
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