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Why Veterans Day still matters

Veterans Day is one of those odd holidays which, for many people, has almost lost its meaning. Lots of people are actually working today and for many, whether its a holiday or just another workday for them, the fact that it is not a Monday holiday is a mystery. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the key to the mystery is the numbers 11/11/11.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 02:00am EST

Counting on a bonus? Don't count too high!

If Charles Dickens had written about the government's bonus program he might have called his novel "Bleak House," or maybe "Not So Great Expectations," Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 02:00am EST

About those gaps ... in your teeth

Do you have a colleague who is always so upbeat, so happy that it gets on your nerves? If so, there is a sure-fire way to make him or her lose that grin, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Winterizing your TSP lifeboat

Did you bail out of the stock market prior to or during the shutdown? If so, have you looked at the TSP numbers lately? If not, maybe you should, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:00am EST

Paid vacation or nightmare tour?

Did the 16-day-for-some furlough ruin your year or was it a welcome suprise vacation? It is getting mixed reviews from feds who had to work and those who were forced -- then paid -- to stay home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 02:00am EST

The end is near. Again.

It's almost the end of a very interesting year, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Thousands of federal workers were furloughed without pay for a few days, then forced to take 16 days off without pay. Meanwhile, a pay raise appears to have managed to sneak by Congress. So, are these really the good old days?

Monday - 11/04/2013, 02:00am EST

A single-digit raise? It could have been worse

Retirees will get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment next January, and white-collar feds are looking at a 1 percent raise. Not much but it could have been a lot worse, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

If it's fun, it must be wrong

If it feels good, it must be bad. However if you ignore it, you may be on the right track, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are we talking about your TSP account or your love life?

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furlough fever: Sell low, buy high

If you are a federal worker, did you raid your retirement fund, or sell low and buy high during the government shutdown? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Was it prudent or panic behavior to flee the stock market before and during the shutdown?

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Orphans of the shutdown storm: The excepted vs. the expendables

For many feds, the shutdown seemed like a bad dream. Among its unintended consequences: It created two classes of federal workers in the same office -- the excepted vs. the expendables, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are those forced to work due a little something extra?

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

TSP account averages nudge 6-figure mark

When it comes to investing and saving for retirement, federal workers are at the head of the class. TSP average balances are fast-approaching the 6-figure mark.

Monday - 10/28/2013, 05:59am EDT

Young, immortal and uninsured!

You work for Uncle Sam. You are young, healthy and immortal. Who needs health insurance? Well, you may be in for a surprise, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

Memorial service for the shutdown

Key politicians from both parties have said never again will there be a government shutdown like the farce of 2013, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports. So if it is safe to write the shutdown's obituary, where would you start?

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown: The Sequel

Top politicians have vowed there will be no more shutdowns. But they've said that before, including as recently as this month, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what can you do if there's a repeat performance?

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown survival tips

Whatever the political purpose of the shutdown, it apparently didn't work. It amounted to a 16-day paid vacation for a lot of federal workers and lost income for lots of people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what did you do?

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown nicks DC, slams small town America

Much of the shutdown news focused on its impact on Washington and shuttered national parks. But many smaller communities have taken a deeper, more permanent hit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 10/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdowns, sex and traffic... Was it good for you?

During the shutdown, traffic in the Washington area remained awful, alcohol sales were up and lots of people jumped into online dating, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how was it where you live and work? Was it a financial nightmare or a surprise paid vacation?

Friday - 10/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Making sense of the shutdown

Did you ever wonder how you got sequestered? Why you are maybe on furlough ? The reasons behind the government shutdown have suddenly become clear, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It all makes sense ... up to a point.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiree COLAs: Is bigger always better?

When it comes to cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, bigger is always better, right? Or is it? Either way, some changes may be coming in the way the government tracks inflation, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Whatever happened yesterday didn't

Whatever you did yesterday, good, bad or indifferent, it doesn't matter. Thanks to the shutdown mode of government and various agency interpretations on it, Columbus Day was a nonevent for a lot of people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 02:00am EDT
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