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Federal Eye: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Eye Opener: Nov. 21, 2008

Good morning! Enjoy the above highlights video from the "National Lampoon Vacation" movies, because The Eye is headed out of town for a quick four-day, post-election break. (We'll reveal the vacation location on Monday.) But no day is complete...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 21, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chat With The Eye!

You know you're a certified washingtonpost.com star when they start booking you as a Live Discussion guest. On Thursday The Eye hosted the daily Post Politics Hour. Read the whole chat here or review some of the best questions...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 20, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Who Will Lead House Oversight and Government Reform?

Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) victory over Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) in the "Clash of the Titans" battle to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee means Waxman will step down as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee....

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 20, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Napolitano Faces Contracting Challenges at DHS

Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.) is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to serve as secretary of homeland security. Should she be nominated and confirmed, she faces challenges well beyond border security, airport security and collective bargaining rights for TSA employees. A new...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 20, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eye Opener: Nov. 20, 2008

Good morning! The Obama transition teams has sprung several leaks of late, unofficially revealing the names of top cabinet picks. The Eye's friend and occasional travel companion The Fix explores the Obama culture of leaks in a new post...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 20, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Federal Workers Union Lists Priorities for Obama

Once he takes office, President-elect Obama should issue an executive order re-establishing the federal sector labor-management partnership and all federal agencies should have to review service contracts and cancel wasteful ones, according to recommendations issued today by the National Treasury...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 19, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Wise and Experienced? The Prune Book's For You!

President-elect Obama has not formally announced any cabinet or sub-cabinet appointments, but if he's looking for suggestions on which jobs to fill first, he should consult the Prune Book. As first noted by The Eye's colleague Joe Davidson, the book-turned-fantastic-online-resource...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 19, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Nov. 19, 2008

Good morning! Today we shift away from Eye-themed humor and bring you the Red Rockers song, "China." Why? Because the Food and Drug Administration is sending food inspectors overseas to work with importers and food safety inspectors and will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 19, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Predict Your Boss! (Again)

We asked you to guess who will head up the Treasury and State Departments and now, thanks to Predictify, we can ask you who you think will lead the Defense, Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Make your guesses below: Attorney...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 18, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Nov. 18, 2008

Good morning! Alan Parson's "Eye in The Sky" kicks us off today. Perhaps appropriate today since President Bush will announce his plans to ease holiday air traffic congestion during a speech at the Transportation Department. Leave your Eye-themed humor...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 18, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Reaction to Obama's Union Letters

President-elect Barack Obama's pre-election promises to federal workers, reported in detail yesterday by the Washington Post, continue to draw praise from major public employee unions as an important step forward in revitalizing and strengthening the federal workforce. On the eve...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  What Would You Do?  
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Obama's Letters to Federal Workers

During the course of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama sent letters to the head of one of the largest federal employee unions, discussing specific issues at eight departments or agencies. As The Post's Carol Leonnig reports today, then-candidate Obama outlined...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Eye Opener: Nov. 17, 2008

Good Morning! If "Eye of the Tiger" doesn't get your blood flowing on a cold Monday morning, then what will? Send your news tips, event postings and Eye-related humor and pop culture to federaleye@washingtonpost.com. Presidential Pen Pal: Barack Obama...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 17, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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