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About Ed O'Keefe and The Federal Eye

By Ed O'Keefe

Welcome to Federal Eye, The Washington Post's blog covering news from across the federal government.

There are roughly 2 million federal workers nationwide with more than 284,000 of them working in the Washington, D.C. area.

This blog goes behind the scenes to report on the personalities, turf wars, traditions, triumphs and failures across the government. It also strives to explain the complexities of federal decisionmaking for people interested in learning more about how Washington works.

Ed O'Keefe serves as The Federal Eye, updating the blog several times a day with news and analysis from across Capitol Hill, the White House, the 15 major departments and dozens of smaller agencies.

Ed previously covered the 2008 presidential campaign for and The Washington Post. He wrote about political advertising for The Trail and Channel '08; contributed reporting to the newspaper; produced and edited video reports from a dozen states along the campaign trail; produced and hosted the daily Post Politics Podcast and weekly "Post Politics Program" for Sirius/XM's POTUS channel. He previously served as a producer and fill-in anchor for Washington Post Radio and as an overnight homepage editor.

The Eye can only be in so many places at once, so e-mail your tips, questions, comments or suggestions.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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I think it's a fine idea to keep a very watchful eye on the government bureaucracy. I'm puzzled, though, why it's happening at this moment, rather than sometime in the last eight years. Call me old-fashioned, but the clear breaches of ethics and law under the Bush administration would seem to have merited a blog devoted to scrutinizing the federal bureaucracy. But I guess Ms. Howell would have found that a gross breach of journalistic neutrality. Good to know it's OK now that a Democrat is President. By the way, I mean no criticism of Mr. O'Keefe, who may well do a wonderful job, but I'm a little skeptical about the larger editorial agenda.

Posted by: kunath | November 12, 2008 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard Ed. It's good to keep an eye on the federal workforce, but don't lose sight of Congress as you do so! One mark of the savvy or lack thereof of the incoming administration is their ability to see where agency performance is hamstrung by legislative mandates/competing mission requirements, e.g. the Forest service as harvester and protector of natural resources, DHS as welcomer of immigrants and enforcer of the law against undocumented immigrants for a country that can't decide how it feels about them, etc. Context and history will be vital ingredients of the agency reviews during the transition!

Posted by: alaurent1 | November 12, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

As it is obvious to all that president Obama has a huge task waiting for him with our financial problems not only as a country but now as a whole it seems like we may be forgetting other issues this world has as well. Global hunger is getting worse and their may be a less difficult way of looking at the problem. The solution may be the Global Poverty Act. This act will be looked at in December. This act is something that Obama has before been an advocate to. The Borgen Project an organization that is working to get this act passed as well. To learn more go to

Posted by: veronica5 | November 12, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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