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Federal Eye: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Could 'Deep Throat' Do it Today?

The death of W. Mark Felt Sr., a.k.a. "Deep Throat," marks the end of an era in American journalism and closes the book on another chapter of the Watergate scandal. Felt's service to the federal government spanned 33 years, first...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 19, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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Nuts and Bolts: Busy Times at The Federal Register

This week's Nuts and Bolts report focuses on the Office of the Federal Register, a busy place these days as it publishes last-minute rule changes by the Bush administration and addresses other quadrennial tasks related to the presidential transition....

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 19, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nuts and Bolts  
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Storm Brewing Between FAA and Weather Service

The National Weather Service is set to deliver recommendations next week on the future of the Federal Aviation Administration's use of government meteorologists at its air route traffic control centers. The Bush administration seems eager to make a final decision...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 19, 2008; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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DOT Clears the Skies for Santa -- And Holiday Travelers

Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters signs off on special DOT-issued "Santa Skylanes" while Mr. Claus and Col. Steven Shepro look on, earlier today at Andrews Air Force Base. (Photo by U.S. Dept of Transportation/James Kim Photography) In arguably one...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Which Union Would Represent TSA?

There's a battle brewing over which Federal workers' union will get to represent the approximately 43,000 Transportation Security Administration workers that protect American airports. (AP Photo) Federal workers unions hope the Obama administration grants Transportation Security Administration employees collective...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 18, 2008

Good morning! Are you following The Eye on Twitter? Have you submitted YOUR question for the Federal government on Google Moderator? Did you read Wednesday's live discussion with The Eye? Just checking. In the news... • What's With Salazar's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2008; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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TSA, Postal Service Star in Muppets Christmas Special

Proving The Eye is ALWAYS on the look out for the activities of the Federal government, he spotted the U.S. Postal Service and Transportation Security Administration playing prominent roles in last night's Muppets Christmas special "Letters to Santa" on...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's With Salazar's Hat? (And Bolo Tie!)

Sen. Ken Salazar with President-elect Barack Obama, becomes the first cabinet appointment to don head gear during his announcement ceremony. (Photo by Reuters) Admit it. You know you thought it when you saw it: "What's with Ken Salazar's cowboy...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door, Workplace Issues  
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Center for Excellence in Government's 25th Anniversary Video

The Eye reported last week about the 25th anniversary celebration for the Council for Excellence in Government. The event included a video tribute to the 25 public servants honored by the group. Check out the first portion of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Public Service  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 17, 2008

Good morning and Happy Wright Brothers Day! It was 105 years ago today that Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their mechanically propelled airplane. In celebration, millions of Americans are expected to spend extra time aboard planes idling on...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawmakers Ask Obama to End IRS Privatization

Fourteen members of Congress have written to President-elect Obama asking that his incoming administration end contracts with two private companies that perform tax collection duties for the Internal Revenue Service, an arrangement that has angered Federal workers' unions, customers and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Ask Your Government!

If you had the opportunity to ask a question of the president or a government department or agency, what would you ask? Last week the Obama-Biden transition team began using a new Google tool called Google Moderator allowing citizens...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 16, 2008

Good morning! Lots of Federal news today including positive reviews for Obama's pick to lead HUD, a grand jury investigation into a contributor to New Mexico governor and energy secretary-designate Bill Richardson and a former defense contractor who gave...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2008; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Satisfaction With Government Increases; Focus Is Efficiency

Americans' satisfaction with the federal government has improved slightly from year to year, according to a new report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the government’s standard measure of consumer experience. The government's overall score climbed 1.6 points to 68.9...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Some Republican Oversight Committee Staff Dismissed

Between 10 and 15 Republican staffers of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are leaving the panel as its newly appointed Republican ranking member, Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), prepares to become the chief GOP watchdog on the Obama administration....

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Dec. 15, 2008

Good morning! Today is The Bill of Rights Day, in honor of its 217th birthday. The ten amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1791. Hope you had a great weekend, as The Eye did while...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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