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Round up the usual suspects, again!

Furloughs have hit half the federal workforce, and the financial impact has been hard on many of them. But for many members of the federal family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, the worst may be yet to come things like layoffs and cutbacks in the federal retirement and health insurance programs in the new fiscal year.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

The man with the suitcase full of cash!

When disaster strikes areas populated by federal workers, a mystery man with a suitcase full of cash usually shows up the next day. Some of the money comes from people like you, but there are also big-time corporations that write some very big checks. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: Who are they, and why are they doing it?

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Swiss-cheese body armor

What if we found out that instead of saving millions of dollars through furloughs and sequestration cuts, the actions were actually costing the government and the taxpayers billions of dollars? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: At this rate, how much longer can we afford to save?

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

How hot is it? Call out the fashion police

Is there a guy in your carpool who, because of the heat, is wearing TMI short shorts that are way too short? Does the gang at the office look like they collided with a unisex clothes line? Maybe it's the heat, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, how hot is it in your office?

Monday - 07/22/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Man bites dead horse: Now that's news!

Are the media -- people like us -- paying too much attention to the reality of furloughs and the possibility of layoffs in the federal workforce? At what point does the constant reporting fall into the category of beating a dead horse? Or is this one still worth tracking. You tell us, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Feds' silver lining stalked by dark cloud

All of a sudden, things are looking up. The IRS has canceled at least one planned furlough day and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has scrubbed round two of its tough furlough policy. So what's not to like? Some feds say the reason the silver lining is so bright is that it is framed by a very large, very dark cloud, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Are you paranoid or perceptive?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Just how paranoid are you? Do you think NASA faked the Moon landings? Just who is really buried in Grant's tomb? And is sequestration a giant political mistake or a clever plan to shrink the bureaucracy and defang the IRS?

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Your sequestration vacation: Are we there yet?

Extended pay freeze. Furloughs. Can it get any worse? In a word: Yes! Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

What if these are the good old 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...

Monday - 07/15/2013, 02:00am EDT
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OMG - it's TGIF & feds are LOL

Although its not the dreaded Friday the 13th, many feds - from Defense to the IRS are licking their financial wounds, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. IRS employees had a furlough day last Friday. Defense folks began theirs on Monday. So what about a no-work-no-pay plan for Congress and the White House?

Friday - 07/12/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Phased retirement: An ageless perk?

You don't have to be popping 50-plus vitamins or checking out the early-bird dinner special to be excited by the government's new phased retirement program, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It has some potential benefits for both beginning feds and people in mid-career too.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Is it for you?

The idea of easing into retirement working three or four days a week is appealing to a lot of people. Now it is a reality for thousands of government workers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But does the new phased retirement program make sense for you? And are you even eligible?

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Vacationing politicians vs. furloughed feds

What's the difference between an elected politician and a career civil servant? When politicians take time off they get paid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, whereas feds who don't work don't.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Washington D.C.: Land of the Brie, Home of the Knave

People in Washington, D.C., aren't always the friendliest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that because the headquarters of most federal agencies are here? Is it because Congress is here? Did each state and each congressional district conspire to send us the 535 people they definitely don't want hanging around at home?

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

Light traffic today? Blame the F word

If traffic is a little light today, don't credit it entirely to the weather or people on alternative work schedules. In many places you can chalk it up to the presence of the F-word, which is becoming part of the deal if you work for Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Enjoying your day off?

Are you enjoying your day off? So is Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 07/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

It's not just about spending!

Most politicians say they want a leaner, more efficient government. That they want to eliminate waste and duplication. Many of them actually mean it, unless it comes to a program or facility based in their home state or congressional district.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiring: Pays to plan ahead...

The No. 1 complaint people have after retiring is how long it takes them to get the first full annuity payment. Depending on a lot of things it can take anywhere from a couple of months to more than a year.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiring someday? A word to the wise

There are some things that many of us only do once. That includes retiring and dying. So it pays to get it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

A friendly home invasion

The sad truth is that a lot of you aren't going to be around this time next week. You will be away. Not that kind of away, but away from the office, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we'd like to be home with you.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 02:00am EDT
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