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3:35 pm, January 29, 2015

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Winter Blast: A tale of two-plus cities

Charm City and D.C. may be close in physical proximity, but they're far apart in just about everything else, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:00am EST

Phased Retirement: When? Where? Who?

Agencies are dragging their feet in implementing phased retirement. When they do, how will that affect you? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:00am EST

Orphans of the storm

Winter's here and we're all weathering the storm together. What's your blizzard survival secret? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 03:00am EST

Uncle Sam faces a very taxing problem

Since at least the end of World War II, foreign governments have come to the U.S. to seek advice from the IRS on their tax compliance problems, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:00am EST

Gridlock and your pension package!

Is congressional gridlock really a bad thing? Maybe not if you're a federal employee or retiree, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:00am EST

IRS' tale grows legs

The mainstream media has finally caught up to what Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has been reporting on for months: that budget and staff cuts at the IRS are negatively impacting the tax agency's ability to do its job.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 03:00am EST

New sick leave plan may spotlight fed benefits

Many federal workers probably wonder what's the fuss about giving people seven days of sick leave per year. That's because Uncle Sam has long been ahead of his time when it comes to things like a generous leave package for workers, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00am EST

TSP: Is it risky to play it safe?

The G-fund never has a bad day, which is the good news. The bad news, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is that the G-fund also never has a really good day.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 03:00am EST

How are you spending your day?

Just because today is a holiday doesn't mean Uncle Sam has shut down. Far from it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Lots of people are in today either because they have to be (as in they are essential) or they want to be (as in dedicated). Either way, have a good day ...

Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:00am EST

3.8 percent pay raise: Reality check!!!

A group of Democrats on Capitol Hill are proposing a 3.8 pay hike for federal employees. That's a good thing, right? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the answer is complicated.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Does winter trigger your boss' tyrant-o-meter?

During the cold weather season, it's not how much snow you get that impacts the atmosphere at your federal office as much as how the wintry weather affects your boss' attitude, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 06:37am EST

The January effect on your TSP account

You got questions about which TSP fund to invest in? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey may not have all the answers, but he knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 02:00am EST

A taxing tax season: Press 2 to weep

When you make that call to the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question or a plea for help, maybe you'd better pack a lunch, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. You might be on hold for a very long time.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 02:00am EST

Engineering a train wreck, or, China can you spare a yuan?

If you ran a business and were dedicated to delivering what others can't and won't - at bargain basement prices - would you rethink your mission? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks that question in today's column.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:00am EST

2015 Pay Raise: The silence of the lambs!

This year, again, feds got a 1 percent raise. So that's 2 percent (slightly more with compounding) in five years. So did anybody notice? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 02:00am EST

IRS & the USPS, going, going, gone?

These are tough times for the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and things might be getting worse for the two reach-out-and-touch-me operations.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 02:00am EST

Nation's capital fails Snowmanship 101, again!

War, peace, climate change, epidemics, those Washingtonians can handle. More or less. But snow, not so much, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 02:00am EST

Snow Daze Alert: 2015

One to 2 inches of snow would be a dusting in Buffalo or Duluth, but here in Washington, D.C., that's a major snow event, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 02:00am EST

So, you wanna be a millionaire? Is 2015 the year of your Roth TSP?

While most people know that the Roth option exists, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says many don't understand exactly what it is or does.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 02:00am EST

Out the door after 32 years

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey continues his vacation. Today's guest columnist is an IRS employee who's retiring after 32 years.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 02:00am EST
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