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1:36 pm, October 1, 2014

Mike Causey's Federal Report

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TSP's awful August surprise

Got the shakes about your nest egg? The one that's supposed to provide one-third to one-half of your total retirement income? Are you feeling a little nervous? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 12:43pm EDT

Do you lie about your commute time?

We all know getting from here to there, especially during rush hour, can be time consuming, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Why lie about it?

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 07:04am EDT

2014 Causey Award Winner - Will Levy III

2014 Causey Award Winner Will Levy helped the Bureau of Engraving and Printing improve its ranking on the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:44am EDT

Tax deadbeat feds flee DC

Comedian Steve Martin has some useful words of advice -- two of them, actually -- for tax deadbeats on Capitol Hill, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:09am EDT

For once, it's OK to watch the clock

Consider yourself on holiday, of sorts, for the next five weeks. Even if you've had your vacation or can't afford one the time between now and Labor Day should be more relaxed because Congress is gone. And that's good news for most feds.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:27am EDT

National Security & Taxes: What's (not) In Your Wallet?

Money may be the root of all evil, but it's also a prime motivation for some turncoat federal employees, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 06:27am EDT

SES: Sacrificial lambs or sacred cows?

Before political correctness took hold, the definition of "mixed emotions" was a man watching his brand new Cadillac hurtle off a cliff with his mother-in-law at the steering wheel. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says SESers may be soon experiencing similar mixed emotions.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:00am EDT

Shutdown: Not Again!

Worried about a repeat of last year's government shutdown? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells us whether there's another October surprise in your future.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Denying your federal DNA

With all the bad press the government, and government workers are getting nowadays, do you ever tell people you do something else---like maybe you are a travel agent or undertaker---for a living? If not, you may want to reconsider why not.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 05:54am EDT

Kardashian to head the IRS; Federline succeeds Kerry at State Department

What if Kim Kardashian took over at the IRS, or Brittany Spears' ex Kevin Federline succeeded John Kerry at the State Department. Would that get your attention?

Friday - 07/25/2014, 05:39am EDT

IRS 'scandal': Cover up, train wreck or simple mistake?

What's in those missing IRS tapes? The ones critics of the agency say would provide the smoking gun of evidence. Is there a lesson for your agency in record-keeping? Yes, but maybe not what you thought.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:32am EDT

1 percent pay raise; 1.9 percent COLA. Go figure!

Despite higher prices at the pump, overall living costs rose only slightly last month. For federal-military-Social Security retirees, that points to a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 03:04am EDT

Feds of the future: Not a pretty sight!

Here's a sobering thought: Will the federal worker of the future be a hybridized version of his or her counterpart in the U.S. Postal Service?

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Reform yoga: Bend over and smile

When your political bosses tell you to bend over and await further instructions, chances are you are about to be reformed. So if you've been there and done that, get ready for another exercise in excellence, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Home Alone -- again, please!

Remember the fable of the rabbit, trapped by a hungry fox, who begs to be punished by being thrown into the briar patch? Think of yourself as that rascally rabbit, and Congress as the hungry but not so bright fox, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We're talking about the shutdown showdown.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Forecast for feds: You're toast -- again!

If you live and work in the Washington area, are you less happy and more nervous in the civil service than your identical twin who's a fed in Indianapolis or Denver? Maybe there's a good reason, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Home Alone: What did you do during the shutdown?

Back in the day, when the draft was still around, kids used to ask, "What did you do during the war, Daddy?" Today, in major federal centers, they want to know what you were up to this time nine months ago?

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Buyouts: Here today, gone tomorrow!

Remember the buyouts of the 1990s? Maybe you were just starting out and it saved your job. Well that was then, and this is now. Forget everything you knew about buyouts and start all over again, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pending threats: Separating the sharks from the minnows

Thanks to summertime and the upcoming election, even the most anti-bureaucrat politicians have called a time out in their whack-a-fed agendas. But there are some real threats out there.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers - and retirees - these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:00am EDT
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