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Federal Eye: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Bush's Last-Minute Obscure Apppointments

There may be only 40 days left until President Bush leaves the White House, but he continues to nominate and appoint people to several obscure agencies. As The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg wisely noted last weekend: The appointments and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 12, 2008; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Bush Closes Executive-Branch Offices Dec. 26th

In what's likely to bring some holiday cheer to federal workers, President Bush has ordered all executive branch offices closed the day after Christmas, Friday, Dec. 26. The executive order (posted after the jump) was issued this morning while he...

By Terri Rupar  | December 12, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Administration  
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Partnership for Public Service Founder Wins Presidential Citizens Medal

President George W. Bush stands with Sam Heyman after presenting him with the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, in the White House Oval Office. (Photo Courtesy of the White House, Chris Greenberg) As President Bush...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 12, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Public Service  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 12, 2008

Good morning! The Federal Eye celebrates its first month of existence today. In lieu of flowers, please continue to read the blog frequently... and tell your friends! In the news... • NASA Chief Denies Transition Tension: NASA Adminstrator Michael Griffin...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Intelligence Community Could Suffer Major Brain Drain

One of the big challenges facing the next administration will be retaining qualified individuals to serve in all areas of government. There's special concern about the large number of baby boomers set to retire in the coming years, since they...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door, Workplace Issues  
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Issa: ‘No Limit’ to What Oversight Committee Will Investigate

Good government groups and waste, fraud and abuse observers, have no fear: the newly appointed ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform says he plans to continue the broad investigatory scope of the panel,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 11, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Towns Will Lead House Oversight & Gov't Reform

House Democrats tapped Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns (D-N.Y.) to lead the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday night, following the GOP's selection of Darrell Issa (Calif.) as ranking member earlier in the day. Rep. Edolphus Towns listens to testimony...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 11, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 11, 2008

Good morning! Lots of interesting news, including word that HUD has been sued in Mississippi, Obama will keep his Chicago home (Do we have to call it the "Midwest White House"?) and a recap of where The Eye was last...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 11, 2008; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overheard at a Tribute to 25 ‘Great’ Public Servants…

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, university president Shirley A. Jackson, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) were among 25 individuals recognized Wednesday for their...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 11, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Overheard  
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Issa Named Top GOP Member on House Oversight & Gov't Reform

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) (left) with outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Dec. 9, 2008. (AP/Susan Walsh) Republicans have picked California Rep. Darrell Issa to serve as ranking member on the House...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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FY-Eye: New Report Cites 128 Executive Branch Failures

Amid reports that administration officials have been given talking points to help sum up President Bush's eight years of service, a new report by the independent nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity lists what it considers 128 examples of failure...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, FY-Eye, Oversight  
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Senate Bill Grants TARP IG Hiring Powers

Now that the Senate has (finally?) confirmed a special inspector general to oversee the big financial bailout package (known as "TARP"), it's expected to approve a bill granting Neil M. Barofsky (the "SIGTARP") the ability to quickly staff up so...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 10, 2008

Good morning! Don't forget to follow The Federal Eye on Twitter by clicking here. And as In the Loop reports today, various State Department officials are also "tweeting." from Iceland, Croatia and Armenia, among other places. Assistant Secretary of State...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Homeland Security Goes Hollywood

A new reality television show focused on the agencies and employees of the Department of Homeland Security is sure to find fans among bureaucrats and department observers, and also is likely to draw some criticism from those who wonder if...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Nuts and Bolts: Monkey Business at the Airport

Have you heard the one about the dead monkey in the luggage at Dulles International Airport? Last Friday afternoon, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine alerted officers to a suspicious-smelling piece of luggage owned by a traveler from the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overheard at Union Station...

This morning The Eye stopped by a panel discussion hosted by National Journal about the first 100 days of the Obama administration and caught some interesting comments by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) about jobs in the next administration and her...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Overheard  
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Energy Dept. Program Key to Auto Bailout Agreement

A deal struck by the White House and congressional Democrats yesterday to provide loans to American automakers will make use of a recently created Energy Department loan program that provides financial support to companies for the development of energy efficient...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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FY-Eye: Where Will Obama Lead NOAA?

If you're looking for a good source for online weather information, make sure to get an Eyeful of the Capital Weather Gang, The Post's blog about all things weather. Andrew Freedman, one member of the 13-member gang, writes today about...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Group Offers (Unsolicited) Advice to Obama on EPA Chief

With several cabinet-level and other high-profile appointments yet to be named by President-elect Barack Obama, you can bet he's getting plenty of advice on whom to pick and whom to avoid. Case in point: A letter from Public Employees for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 8, 2008

Good morning! • Don't Reorganize DHS... Yet: "Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has some advice for his successor: Don’t tinker with the Homeland Security Department," reports the Federal Times. "At least not right away. 'I would stop reorganizing,' he...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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