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Federal job description: Sometimes deadly

Working for the federal government, no matter who you are or where you work, can be dangerous, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Sometimes deadly. There was the Oklahoma City bombing, and the aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the IRS in Austin. And again yesterday in a high-security Navy operation in D.C.

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Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

RIF bait: The young and restless!

If you are young, newly hired or you are not a military veteran, you could find yourself between a rock and a hard place starting in October. If federal agencies, like Defense, decide to thin the herd with a RIF (reduction in force), new hires, young employees and nonvets would be the first fired.

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Monday - 09/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration and Syria

Members of the federal family have an outsized stake in the outcome of the Syria debate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The term boots-on-the-ground is a popular but distant buzzword for politicians and pundits. But many feds have literally been in those boots.

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Friday - 09/13/2013, 02:00am EDT

9/12/01: The morning after a real nightmare

Washington and New York City are not exactly considered to be meccas of civility and charm, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But they changed, at least for a while, following the 9/11 attacks. So, how was it where you were?

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Thursday - 09/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

9/11 plus 12

If you are in your mid-20s, or older, chances are you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It was a game-changing date for our government, the country and the world.

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Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Were you visited by the furlough fairy?

Sequestration has left tens of thousands of federal workers dazed, angry and broke, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So were they wrong, or are they wimps? Were you tapped by the furlough fairy's magic wand? If so, how come? If not, how did you escape?

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , sequestration , furloughs

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Neither snow, nor moose, nor gangbangers keep feds from the job

In the D.C. area, the main problem commuters have morning and evening is other commuters. But out in the real world Alaska, Puerto Rico, Oregon and California there are other traffic problems ranging from intransigent moose to gangbangers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how do you make it?

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Monday - 09/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: Can we afford all these savings?

Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?

Tags: sequestration , Mike Causey , workforce , furloughs

Friday - 09/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pay raise? Call in the psychics

Want to know the size of the next federal pay raise? Your best bet is to take $20, or the going rate, and find yourself a first-class tarot card reader. If she deals you the Ace of Pentacles you will be in the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , Congress

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Your commute: The naked truth

Unless you live at the office, like some frugal members of Congress, chances are you have a fairly healthy commute each day to and from work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The average commute time in the D.C. area is about 34 minutes -- almost as bad as New York. So how far do you travel, and what've you seen on the way?

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Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 02:00am EDT
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