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Hurricane holiday with Marlon Brando (?)

Birthday parties, prison visits or quality time with Marlon Brando reincarnated as a 23-pound cat. Those are just some of the ways Washington area feds spent their two-day Hurricane Sandy holiday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 11/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Survivors of the storm

In politically-supercharged Washington, even a glancing blow from a monster hurricane can bring out the partisanship that makes us so unloved in other parts of the country, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what's your storm-of-the- century story?

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 02:00am EDT

Test your knowledge of government

So, just what does an air traffic controller do? How do they become ATC and how many are there? Short answer: They control air traffic, its hard work and probably not enough of them. For details check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

November games: Most fun with your clothes on

What's the most fun a career civil servant can have with their clothes on? The last full week before any presidential election can be a nail- biting, gut-wrenching times for the several thousand political appointees whose jobs depend on who wins, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Milk, Bread, Toilet Paper: The Coming Storm

We're about to be slammed with a hurricane, so what's everybody in Washington doing? Stocking up on bread, milk and toilet paper, what else...

Monday - 10/29/2012, 02:01am EDT

Remembering an 'unknown' fed

Does the name George Hans Strauss mean anything to you? If you are a career civil servant, chances are he touched your work life in a number of ways, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 10/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Why some feds could lose a vacation day in 2012

Tens of thousands of federal workers stand to lose a day of annual leave this year because of the cursed 11-year itch. To find out how, when and where to scratch it, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

Health, life insurance & a shrinking tax break

Health insurance is a must-have item for everybody. But there is more than health insurance at issue during the big benefits hunting season that kicks off Nov.12 and runs through Dec. 10. Sleep through it at your peril, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Beyond the Beltway worries

In wonkier parts of the Washington area, the talk of the town is about fiscal cliffs and sequestration followed by sex and the Redskins, not necessarily in that order. But beyond the Beltway, folks seem to have a firmer grip on what's important, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration + stock market = your TSP

What does the curse of the Mayan calendar, the threat of sequestration and the always jittery stock market have to do with your TSP account balance? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. Dust off your crystal ball and buckle up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

And today's impending disaster is...

For the past dozen years, and up until about six months ago, federal workers were worried about the family jewels, especially their health insurance and retirement packages. Now that concern has shifted to fear of layoffs and furloughs, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 02:00am EDT

Falling in love: It pays to go postal

There are certain times when it pays to go postal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says ... Especially if you are a federal employee contemplating marriage or already one half of a "mixed marriage."

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

Horrible situation, wonderful response

How do you keep a promise, made to hundreds of orphans of federal workers, that they can go to any college they like on a full ride? It isn't easy, but it is being done, every day, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

A bitter diet COLA coming up ...

Federal, postal and military retirees are about to get an inflation-adjustment. That's the good news. The bad news is that it will be a diet- version and, for most, leave a very bitter aftertaste, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

Frankenstein, Dracula, Nick Nolte at the gates

What's your worst nightmare? How about Dracula, Frankenstein and Nick Nolte appearing in your bedroom? Or is it the long-predicted retirement tsunami? Because maybe, after 13 years of building up, it's on its way, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 10/15/2012, 02:00am EDT

Prudent cuts or bathroom roulette? New savings require careful aim

If your bathroom at work is only cleaned three times a week, instead of daily, does that constitute cruel and unusual punishment? Shore-based Navy civilian and military personnel are about to find out, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

Of feds, virgins and luck

OK, so you are in the best military service, went to the best college, married the only virgin in the state and are friends with the the one and only federal worker who does any work. Can it get any better than that? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

America's most dangerous job: Civil servant?

What are the most dangerous jobs in America? Lumberjack, tuna fisherman or cab driver, right? How about VA nurse or Social Security clerk - maybe even your job at the IRS, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

All feds wind up buried in limestone mine

No matter what your rank or job is or where you work, in the end you will wind up buried in a limestone mine in a remote corner of Pennsylvania, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And once you retire it could be a long time before you see your first full annuity payment. But things seem to be getting better.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Annual tribute to early civil servant

When Columbus "discovered" America (which was actually teeming with people) he was part government worker, part-contractor and his mission, at first, was a failure. So how come the holiday today?

Monday - 10/08/2012, 02:00am EDT
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