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The Eye Opener: Nov. 14, 2008

By Ed O'Keefe

Good morning!

Continuing our review of Eye-themed pop culture in recognition of the launch of Federal Eye, today's musical entertainment stars Sheena Easton singing the 1981 classic, "For Your Eyes Only." Enjoy it and submit your Eye-themed humor and pop culture in the comments section below.

Now onto the news...

  • The YouTube Presidency: Only hours after The Eye asked readers to weigh in on how to adapt the popular campaign tools YouTube, Facebook, MySpace to governing, the Obama-Biden transition team announces that President Obama will continue to record the traditional Saturday Morning Radio Address and then post a video of the same statement on YouTube. Most observers expected this would happen, but it's a vivid example of a 21st Century presidential candidate adapting White House traditions to the times.
  • Revolving Door: Mr. In The Loop (you know who that is, right?) and his colleague Philip Rucker formalize the rumors that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is in the running to serve as secretary of state. "The choice of the former presidential contender and Senate Armed Services Committee member would go a long way toward healing remaining divisions within the Democratic Party after the contentious primaries. Clinton has long been known for her work on international women's issues and human rights. The former first lady also could enhance Obama's efforts to restore U.S. standing among allies worldwide." The In the Loop duo also handicap the finalists to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former Illinois Congressional candidate and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth leads the pack.
  • Agency Reviews: From "Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton and Carole Jett, a retired USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service civil servant, are top candidates to head the Obama transition team at the USDA, several lobbyists and a department source said late Wednesday."
  • Inauguration: Those eager to visit Washington, D.C. for the inauguration are seeking non-hotel shelter while in town. Over at the FedLine blog, Tim Kauffman notes that already lists plenty of people advertising their homes for rent in January.
  • Don't Drink The Water (??): "The Environmental Protection Agency's scientific advisers have warned the agency that it should delay final action on its decision not to set a federal drinking-water standard for perchlorate, a chemical in rocket fuel, because the computer model underlying the decision may have flaws," reports The Post's Juliet Eilperin. "Perchlorate, which is present in the water systems of 35 states, accumulates in the body from consuming water, milk, lettuce and other common products and has been linked in scientific studies to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and infants." I'm going to stick to bottled water in the meantime.
  • Tech Czar: The Post continues its look at the incoming Obama administration with a Kim Hart report on the "most talked-about tech job in government is one that never before existed." The chief technology officer would "help federal agencies use technology 'to make government work better.' But he's given no specifics about the job, leaving the tech community to speculate about the role and who might fill it." Discuss.
  • Events: The New America Foundation hosts, "Has the Privatization of National Security Gone Too Far?" 9:30 -11:00 a.m. today at the New America Foundation offices, 1630 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Hear from David Isenberg, columnist of "Dogs of War"; Tara Lee, a partner at DLA Piper, Michael A. Cohen, a co-Author of "Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting" and Kevin Lanigan, director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First. The group will be moderated by Patrick C. Doherty of the New America Foundation.
  • This Day in History: On this date in 1995, many federal workers had an unexpected day off: The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews. More history here.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 14, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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Sheena Easton?.......dude.

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | November 14, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Just skimming through the job openings it appears Gov't salaries are pretty paltry. I work with 30-year-olds who make more than double that salary in private industry and they're not even in the top echelon. I guess putting in 4 years at poverty-level income with a socialist government looks good on a resume.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | November 14, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Right now any type of salary looks good to those that dont have jobs. There is nothing wrong with the govt. I have worked with them for years. One thing about govt there was a sense of security. You didnt have to worry about losing your job at a whim. But with private industry sure you make the big bucks but you are also subject to being let go at a drop of a hat. Look at the thousands that are about to lose their jobs within the next few days. And private industry is a good thing huh...I think not. Maybe it depends on the company and their agency heads that make the difference. I said from day one when this administration attempted to bring those private industry ideas to govt that it would be nothing but a disaster and that it has been. I hope they reverse this mess and soon so people can get their lives back on track and feel good about living and working in america again.

Posted by: msruby36 | November 14, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

30 years as a Fed. Wife 28 years. My wife and I are both retired bringing in over $130,000 in civil service retirement. We moved out of the DC area. Sold our house at a very nice profit. I now work for an outstanding state university where my Federal expertise is held in high esteem. My wife works for the state government who offered her three different jobs before they found one that didn't involve a program she had funded as a Fed. We own an expensive condo overlooking a lake in one of the best small cities in the Midwest, and have enough loose cash to think about buying a weekend place in Chicago. Oh, and by the way, we'll both be getting retirements from the state where we work--non-contributory on our part, and I begin collecting social security payments this month. So far we haven't had to touch our Thrift accounts or any of our IRAs. And we get to keep our medical insurance. Not bad for having earned such "paltry" salaries.

We regard this as our reward for having had to work for all those Republicans.

Posted by: wis2003 | November 14, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"Eye" - Smashing Pumpkins

"Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor

just a couple of more for your consideration.

Posted by: viii24 | November 14, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, Miz Ruby, the 'security' comes with a Gov't job because it's full of lazy deadwood that doesn't actually have to do anything. You can show up and get paid, don't show up and get paid, or take sick leave and get paid. They can't fire you but they'll put you someplace where you'll do the least amount of damage. In private industry you actually have to --- oh, my God! -- work for a living. You can be fired at the drop of a hat if you don't do what you're hired to do. That doesn't happen in the Government, so if you only want to take up space for 30-35 years, you're welcome to it. My job pays for my health insurance, too. I get great benefits, 401K, very nice office space, probably better bennies than Uncle Sham. I've been here over 20 years and not likely to be let go. The trick is choose a profession that's recession proof.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | November 14, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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