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Overheard at Union Station...

By Ed O'Keefe

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 efforts to expand whistleblower protections for Federal employees.

Sen. Claire McCaskill
Sen. Claire McCaskill's advice to Obama administration applicants: "Résumés matter." (Photo by AP/Charles Dharapak)

"The heft of your résumé matters," the senator said about applicants interested in Obama administration jobs. McCaskill joked she's had several calls to her office from political supporters insisting that their nephews deserve to be "under secretaries of something," but noted the next president has made few appointments based on politics, focusing instead the professional experience of each pick.

She reminded the audience that she plans to stay in the Senate and said she would continue to focus on accountability and oversight efforts.

"I think the auditing quality is ignored in this town," she said. "The IG officers and GAO do great work."

"I know that we really keep government clean with help from people who see the nonsense," McCaskill said later. "We make it hard to see it if we don't give them protection."

McCaskill was elected to the Senate in 2004 -- the same year as Obama -- and her clout has grown in the last year thanks mostly to her telegenic, personable style and close relationship with the incoming president.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
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