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The Eye Opener: Nov. 12, 2008

By Ed O'Keefe

The Eye is a morning person who loves to know as much as possible before the day gets started, so every morning The Federal Eye "Eye Opener" will feature links to relevant news articles, video clips and other features about the bureaucracy and federal workforce. We will also call out key events, anniversaries and other tidbits that any good bureaucrat -- or interested party -- should know.

So here we go!

  • If you're a D.C.-area Federal worker who drives to work and enjoys the dulcet tones of NPR's "Morning Edition," then you might have missed Tuesday's profile of Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine. The Clinton appointee is the longest-serving IG in DOJ history. Did you know the five feet nine inch Fine was once drafted by the San Antonio Spurs? (That gives hope to shorter men like me!)
  • An "accidental malfunction" seems to have caused a fire at FBI headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. About 40 people were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported. (There's got to be a joke here about a fire at FBI headquarters, the ongoing transition and an "accidental malfunction." Leave yours in the comments section below.)
  • The good people at GOOD Magazine passed along a link to a graph that compares the first 100 days of the last 12 presidencies. Not suprisingly, Franklin D. Roosevelt had the busiest first few months on the job, but you should enjoy reading the highlights from other presidencies: Did you know Eisenhower reinstated collective bargaining in his first 100 days? Or that the standoff at the Branch Dividian Compound in Waco, Texas happened during Clinton's first 100?
  • A new report by a coalition of conservative, libertarian and progressive groups says the Obama administration should instruct all agencies not to wait for FOIA requests but to proactively publish records, searchable databases, policy information and performance data, reports The Post's Lindsey Layton. The Eye is all for this -- transparency's a good thing and makes his life easier!
  • Random Story of the Day: Send good vibes in the direction of Brian Krebs, who writes our Security Fix blog. He reports that "A U.S. based Web hosting firm that security experts say was responsible for facilitating more than 75 percent of the junk e-mail blasted out each day globally has been knocked offline" following Brian's reports on evidence gathered about criminal activity emanating from the network. If you notice less junk mail in your Inbox today, make sure to thank Brian!
  • This Day in History: Ellis Island stopped processing immigrants on this date in 1954, reminding us that the immigration issue has been around for awhile.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2008; 8:01 AM ET
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