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Federal Eye: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Olbermann's 'Worst Person' Works for Homeland Security

Most nights the "winner" of the "Worst Person in the World" segment on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" is Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh or some other conservative he detests. Friday night's "worst person" however was Lorraine Henderson, 50, the Department...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 5, 2008; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Rhee Passes on Education Secretary

D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee – a darling of the school reform movement who recently graced the cover of Time magazine – today removed her name from consideration as the next secretary of education. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee listens...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 5, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Nuts and Bolts: The Food Stamps Program, or SNAP

Amid the nation's economic troubles, a record 31.5 million Americans used food stamps in September, a 17 percent increase versus a year ago and a new record. The new levels approach the all-time national high set in 1994, when 10.5...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 5, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nuts and Bolts  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 5, 2008

Good morning! Don't forget to follow The Federal Eye on Twitter by signing up here and make sure to check out all of The Post's Federal government coverage on the Fed Page. In the news... • Cabinet Making: The Eye's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 5, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Transition Donations Explained

The Eye has heard from some of the federal workers that have donated money to the Obama-Biden Transition Project, following a report earlier this week about their contributions. The donations of roughly three dozen federal employees, mostly rank-and-file types, account...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HUD's 'Cubicle Issue' Stirs Up Staffers

A trash bin inside the PD&R offices on the 8th floor of HUD headquarters this week as workers get ready to relocate temporarily. (Photo courtesy of a helpful Eye reader) As Bush administration appointees at Housing and Urban Development...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 4, 2008

The Eye is now on Twitter! Follow updates here. Good morning! When you have a few moments today, make sure to watch The Post's Philip Rucker interview Bill Gates, who spoke in Washington on Wednesday. The pair speak about...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2008; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FY-Eye: The Other Paul Volcker

The Eye's readers should make sure to get an "eyeful" of a washingtonpost.com profile of former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker. It's written by NYU professor and Brookings Institution fellow Paul Light, who expertly recaps the former chairman's appreciation...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overheard at the Commerce Department ...

The Eye, after ditching plans to attend a different event, found himself near the Commerce Department today as President-elect Obama named Bill Richardson as the next secretary of commerce. So after sampling the tasty fare at the Ronald Reagan...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Census Tops Richardson's Commerce To-Do List

The nomination of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) to head up the Commerce Department comes as the department's U.S. Census Bureau prepares to conduct its decennial national count of Americans. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests there's still...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 3, 2008

Good morning! The Federal Eye is now on Twitter! Follow The Eye on Twitter here. With less than 50 days to go, there's increased last-minute activity by the Bush administration -- and some folks are not happy. For example: •...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Treasury Staffs Up to Implement Bailout Package

Plenty of questions remain about how the Treasury Department will implement the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), or "financial bailout package," passed earlier this Fall, but a report by the General Accountability Office issued this afternoon helps clear up some...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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FY-Eye: Two New Web Sites Worth Your Time

The Eye has received several tips in recent days about new Web sites worth sharing with readers, so today we start a new occasional series called "Eyeful." Today's two sites align nicely with the goals of expanding the accountability and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 2, 2008

Good morning! The Eye and Almost Mrs. Eye attended the Washington debut of "Frost/Nixon" last night. Make sure you go see it when it hits theaters... it's great! Now to the news... • Cabinet Making: A few notes on President-elect...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2008; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Federal Employees Donate to Their New Boss

The Obama-Biden Transition Project has earned $1,170,937.44 since it began accepting donations on Nov. 15 and among the 1,776 people that have donated, 35 are federal employees or members of the military. They have donated $5,925 basically to help their...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Who Will Protect Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton's nomination to serve as secretary of State creates an unique jurisdictional battle between the U.S. Secret Service, which protects current and former presidents and first ladies, and the the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which protects the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Nuts and Bolts  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 1, 2008

• Cabinet Making: President-elect Obama announces the new (or same) heads of the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State (as well as his national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations) today in Chicago. Plenty of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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