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July 4 breather

Are you enjoying your day off? So is Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

The good old days weren't always so good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns the column over to reader Doc frrom the Energy Department, for today's guest columnist. He's been in the private sector too, and worked overseas for Uncle Sam. And he says the good old days sometimes weren't all that good.

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Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fortunate feds: Job stability, retirement and health benefits

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey once again turns over to longtime reader, Dennis S., who spent a long time with Uncle Sam and a lot of time in the private sector. He says both the government and the private sector have their upsides and downsides. But he thinks its important to appreciate what you've got and live in the moment.

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Monday - 07/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Have you lost it yet?

Today's guest column is from Tony, an IRS employee in San Diego. He says he's loved his time with Uncle Sam, but because Congress is on the warpath against feds he can't wait to retire ... Sound familiar?

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Thursday - 06/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

Way, way, way off the Beltway

Although its hard for some D.C. folks to believe, there is life "Beyond The Beltway." Sounds like a pretty good life at that. Check out this first hand report from revenue agent Linda Heeney in far off Montana.

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Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 02:00am EDT

Is a government job real work?

Is having a government job the same as real work on the outside? Some folks think Uncle Sam is a soft touch, so we checked with a fed who's also spent time in the private sector. He says working outside the government is very much like working inside. Check out his report...

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Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

What makes feds tick?

Did you ever wonder what makes feds tick? You may have yourself figured out, but what about your coworkers and feds in other agencies? Starting today we may get some real insights, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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Monday - 06/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

The Friday-faithful feds

Federal offices are wastelands in Fridays in summer, right? Wrong. Turns out Friday is business as usual and some folks find it the most productive day of the week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we've got the emails to prove it.

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Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

Millionaires tighten (money) belts

Members of Congress, nervous about the economy and the upcoming November elections, have volunteered to tighten their own money belts. But in the process they may have turned thousands of top-paid federal workers into identify-theft targets, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , management , Congress , SEA , STOCK Act

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Plan B for feds

What would you do if something or somebody shut down the electrical grid? Does your agency (and do you) have a Plan B? What if there were no computers or cell phones? How would, how could you do your job. Or could you? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more ...

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Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 02:00am EDT
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