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Fake the IRS: Adopt Fido or Boots the Kitty before Dec. 31

If you've ever contemplated fiddling with your federal income taxes, 2014 may be the year to go for it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 02:00am EST

Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

Executive morale: A blast from the past

Washington is a place where politicians from all sides are unveiling "new ideas." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says whether an idea is new or a reinvention of the wheel, there are people out there ready to praise or savage it.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:00am EST

401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Kicking the CIA: Wait your turn!

With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's 500-page report, columnists and politicians are pounding the Central Intelligence Agency. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says maybe the Senate should broaden its inquiry.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:00am EST

Government shutdowns: The 'real' losers

Many federal employees were impacted by the 2013 government shutdown. But the negative effect such shutdowns have on some groups, such as government contract employees, often goes unnoticed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 02:00am EST

How safe is your pension? Can you say Detroit!

The primary federal pensions plans -- CSRS and FERS --are the gold-standard compared to virtually any private-sector pension plan. But how safe are they? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:00am EST

Use it or lose it: Guess what people are doing?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and some federal benefits experts guessed that lighter traffic in the D.C. area may be due to feds staying home during use-it-or-lose-it December. It turns out they may be right.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 02:00am EST

December's disappearing feds

Fewer federal employees are showing up for work in December, because they're using their leave before they lose it in the new year. Maybe that's why your daily commute has improved, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 02:00am EST

Bonus holiday and a shutdown - one down one to go

Friday was a good day for feds. They found out they will receive a bonus holiday at Christmas. But will this week bring more holiday joy or will Scrooge show up in the form of a government shutdown, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 02:00am EST

Hey people, it's Frigga Friday. Get with it!

Federal employees have a good reason to say, "Thank God, it's Frigga Friday," says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Health Premiums: They could be sooo much worse!

Although most people realize the government picks up part of the premium, a lot of people don't realize what a difference that makes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Pick or pay, your call

The good news, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is that there's still time to save $1,000 to $2,000 next year on health premiums. The bad news is that time is running out!

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Feds: From ecstasy to agony at warp speed

We are now in a situation where a bonus holiday after Christmas and a government shutdown are both theoretically possible, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 02:00am EST

The lull before the lull

Uncle Sam isn't Detroit. At least not yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. But a growing number of politicians -- some seeking better ways to do things, some bureaucrat-haters -- are looking at the government retirement program as the place to make savings.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 02:00am EST

TGIF or not

Whether you are working today or at home, take a minute to emerge from your turkey-induced haze and think about your 2015 health plan, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 02:00am EST

Just another day at the office

On Thanksgiving, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey remembers those federal employees who are working today.

Thursday - 11/27/2014, 02:00am EST

Two can live as cheaply as one if

Some federal couples try to save money by each purchasing a self-only plan. The total premium will be less, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, but that could be a problem if both of you have a major illness or accident next year.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 02:00am EST

The end is near ...

The clock is ticking on open season, when federal employees can switch their health care plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not too late to save as much as $1,200 next year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:00am EST

'Free' health insurance & other tips

Feds have less than a week left in open season to decide which are the best health care plans for them. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some tips on making the best choice.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:00am EST
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