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Congress: The Wizards of Oooze

If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown again or not?

If you've been in government for at least two years, this is not your first shutdown rodeo. If you have been around a long time, you've been to the brink a lot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But even if one (or even both) sides blink, this is going to happen again. Soon.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Football vs. Congress: When in doubt, punt

In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Health premiums up 3.7 percent -- or is that 4.4 percent?

Health insurance premiums on average are going up next year. While the increase isn't as high as many experts predicted it will still be a jolt to feds who have been on a pay raise diet for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Then there is the question of whether that "average" increase is 3.7 percent or more like 4.4 percent?

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

Graybeards rule Survivor Island

Why are government gray-beards, folks who have been around a long time, in such demand today? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Why are these once ignored fossils suddenly being sought out by their frightened, younger colleagues?

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

No offense, but is your job really necessary?

Do the taxpayers really need to keep funding your career? What does the government think about your services? You may find out soon, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

The next Navy Yard: Your office?

Many experts say that the next 9/11 or Navy Yard attack isn't a matter of if, but when. So when something like that happens again, what if it is your town, your building, your office that is ground zero? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: Are you ready to help yourself and your coworkers?

Monday - 09/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

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
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