Archive: January 2009

TARP Creates Staffing Headaches for Treasury

The Government Accountability Office has released its latest progress report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Treasury Department's new Office of Financial Stability (OFS). The Eye will not even attempt to assess TARP's economic impact, but will instead...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 30, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (9)

Eye Opener: Jan. 30, 2009

Happy Friday! We start with two noteworthy links from government Web sites First, check out the Justice Department's National Motor Vehicle Title Information System Web site that launched yesterday. Once all 50 states are participating by next year, it...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 30, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Duncan Sending His Daughter Public Schools

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will send his children to Virginia public schools. By The Post's Maria Glod: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his young daughter will attend public school in Northern Virginia. In an interview, Duncan, 44, said he...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 30, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (16)

Salazar Kicks Off Review of Troubled Interior Program

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has asked the Justice Department to review allegations of criminal activity at the scandal-ridden Mineral Management Service and has tapped his chief of staff, Tom Strickland, to oversee a top-to-bottom review of the Colorado-based federal agency...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 29, 2009; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Blaming the Post Office's Problems on the Media

It appears that the news media is partially to blame for the continuing decline of the U.S. Postal Service. Does the news media deserve blame for the demise of the U.S. Postal Service? The bad news about its future came...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 29, 2009; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (14)

FY-Eye: FOIA Back in Favor

Good government groups, media outlets and other executive branch observers cheered when President Obama issued an executive order last week instructing all agencies and departments to "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The FOIA...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 29, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eye Opener: Jan. 29, 2009

Happy Thursday! A reminder that there's only one month left to submit nominations for the Partnership for Public Service's Service to America Medals, given to dedicated federal employees each Fall. Also -- if you're a telecommuter or interested in...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Salazar Steals White House Reporter's Seat

No, Helen Thomas has not been replaced by Ken Salazar, but the Interior Secretary did take possession of her high-profile front-row seat in the White House Briefing Room this afternoon, becoming the first Obama administration cabinet secretary to appear...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 28, 2009; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Federal Agencies Ready for the Super Bowl

While most of the nation will focus on the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers when they play in Sunday's 43rd annual Super Bowl (that's XLIII in Roman numerals), some federal agencies will focus on off-field activities. (See The Eye's game...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 28, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eye Opener: Jan. 28, 2009

Happy Wednesday! Eric Holder gets one step closer to the Justice Department today when the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote favorably on his confirmation. The Senate Intelligence Commitee is also scheduled to approve the nomination of Retired...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 28, 2009; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unscheduled Leave for Washington-Area Federal Employees

Washington-area Federal offices are open today under an unscheduled or "liberal leave" policy, meaning employees who cannot report for work can request unscheduled leave for the entire work day. Employees have to notify their supervisors of their decision to take...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 28, 2009; 5:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Still No Commerce Chief -- Does It Matter?

President Obama marks his first week in office with much of his cabinet in place, but he still needs to name a commerce secretary to replace Bill Richardson, who withdrew his name from consideration earlier this month. The Commerce Department...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Outspoken Food Safety Advocate Wants In

Two leading candidates have emerged to serve as the Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for food safety, which leads the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). But there’s an "outside the box" and "outside the Beltway" candidate eager and ready to give up...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Interior Issues Ethics Guidelines

Following up on executive orders from the big boss, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued ethics guidelines of his own to Interior Department employees on Monday, asking DOI's ethics officials to review department policy and make recommendations for improvement. "I expect...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Jan. 27, 2009

Happy Tuesday! In case you hadn't heard, President Obama is doing several things to roll back the policies of the Bush administration. He's banned the use of controversial CIA interrogation tactics, ordered the closure of the U.S. military prison...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

USDA Nears Decision on Food Safety Chief

The search for a head of the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) appears to have come down on two veterans of the food safety community: Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Washington-Area Federal Offices Open

Despite the weather outside, Washington, D.C.-area federal offices will be open today, according to the Office of Personnel Management. As The Eye has previously reported, the (acting) OPM director consults with local, state and federal agencies such as the National...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 27, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Timothy Geithner Sworn In

Following a 60-34 Senate vote in favor of his confirmation, President Obama and Vice President Biden attended the swearing-in of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary Monday night at the Treasury Department. "Our agenda is to move quickly to help...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 26, 2009; 9:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

EPA's Jackson Meets New Staff

On the same day President Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting California and other states waivers to set their own strict regulations on auto emissions, the EPA's new boss Lisa P. Jackson opened the doors of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 26, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

Eye Opener: Jan. 26, 2009

Happy Monday! It'll be another busy week for Barack Obama's growing government, as we expect confirmation for his treasury secretary, welcoming ceremonies for other cabinet picks and the appointment of several assistant or deputy secretary posts. The unmatched Al...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 26, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

LaHood Officially in the Driver's Seat

Ray LaHood, with family and friends looking on, took the oath of office today at DOT headquarters. (Photo by Dept. of Transportation) Who said Fridays aren't productive? The Department of Transportation got a new boss today when former Illinois...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 23, 2009; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

When Will We Get Inside Lady Liberty's Head?

In what would be a reversal of current policy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar seemed to all but reopen the Statue of Liberty's crown to public access today, but said the Interior Department would wait for the results of a feasibility...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 23, 2009; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (13)

GAO's 'High Risk' List Comings and Goings

One of the more Eye-raising findings in the General Accountability Office's new "high risk" report is how long some issues have appeared on the list, which was first published in 1990. This chart from the GAO report demonstrates how long...

By Paul Volpe | January 23, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Names Acting EEOC Chair

From The Eye's colleague Steve Vogel: Stuart J. Ishimaru, the new acting chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Stuart J. Ishimaru, the senior Democrat on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was appointed acting chairman of the body yesterday...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 23, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (11)

Eye Opener: Jan. 23, 2009

Happy Friday! President Obama now has nine of his 15 cabinet secretaries confirmed, as the Senate last night confirmed Shaun Donovan to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development and installed former Illinois congressman Ray LaHood (R) at...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Salazar Challenges Obama to Basketball Game

A formal welcoming ceremony and Q&A session Thursday turned into a basketball recruiting session for Interior Sec. Ken Salazar as he met with the rank-and-file at the department's headquarters. After some opening remarks, the secretary fielded several questions on...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 23, 2009; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

Clinton Arrives at State Dept.

It must have felt like deja vu all over again for Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton during her arrival this morning at the State Department: hundreds of people greeted her with loud cheers, smiles and cellphone cameras. She worked a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 22, 2009; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

GAO's New 'High Risk' List a Kick in the Government's Pants

Today the General Accountability Office released its review of the federal government’s "high risk" areas, a biennial report card released at the start of each new Congress that lists what it considers serious weaknesses in government programs, practices and offices....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 22, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

New Presidential Portraits Coming Soon

The new official portraits of President Obama and Vice President Biden that will hang in federal government buildings nationwide and around the world. Framed photographs of President Obama and Vice President Biden will soon replace shots of former president...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 22, 2009; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Madam Secretary

Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in today as Secretary of State by Kathleen Oberly, Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Senate) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the 67th Secretary of State during a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 7:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Obama Orders on Transparency, FOIA Requests

In a move that pleased good government groups and some journalists, President Obama issued new orders today designed to improve the federal government's openness and transparency. The first memo instructs all agencies and departments to "adopt a presumption in favor"...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 5:34 PM ET | Comments (20)

Paulson Goes Back to School

Former Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson is headed to the classroom. Former Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson will get only a few days rest from handling the financial crisis before he starts his new job. Paulson is set to join the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

First Day for Several Cabinet Secretaries

Several cabinet secretaries started their new jobs today on the first full day of the Obama administration. So far only Interior Sec. Ken Salazar has been greeted by a formal welcoming ceremony at his new place of employment. Over at...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Salazar Names Strickland Chief of Staff

Sec. Ken Salazar was greeted by Interior Secretary staffers this morning in the lobby of the department's headquarters. (Photo by AP) Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this morning that former U.S. attorney and Colorado Senate candidate Tom Strickland will...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memos Announcing Departure of FEMA Chiefs

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison and deputy administrator Harvey E. Johnson Jr., worked through this morning in order to assure a seamless, safe transition. FEMA released farewell memos for Paulison and Johnson this morning: R....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eye Opener: Jan. 21, 2009

Welcome to the first Eye Opener of the Obama administration. Things got started quickly on Tuesday afternoon as President Obama issued a memo to department and agency heads halting new or pending regulations. Department and agency heads have also...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Halts New or Pending Bush Regulations

Acting only hours after his inauguration, President Barack Obama has ordered a freeze on new or proposed regulations at all government agencies and departments. In a memo issued by new White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the president tells...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 20, 2009; 9:20 PM ET | Comments (35)

Eye on Inauguration

The Eye will train his sights today on the National Mall, where he will join the masses huddled together to witness some real live American history. How long will it take to get there? Who will he See? What might...

By Paul Volpe | January 20, 2009; 4:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Share What YOUR Eyes See on Inauguration Day

While The Eye keeps his sights trained on Inaugural festivities, The Washington Post also wants your perspective. Submit your photos of what you see -- especially those of you Federal workers with choice views of the National Mall and parade...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 20, 2009; 4:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Fills Key OMB Posts

From Anne E. Kornblut's report for the 44 blog: Away from all the inaugural pomp, the Obama administration is continuing to fill key posts -- including, on Monday, at the Office of Management and Budget, where several new senior aides...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 19, 2009; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Eye Opener: Jan. 19, 2009

Happy Monday! Join The Eye today for the daily Post Politics Hour Live Discussion at 11 a.m. ET. Please also make sure to follow The Eye's Twitter feed as he will spend Tuesday on the National Mall "live tweeting"...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 19, 2009; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

Cabinet Nominees Discuss the Rank and File

While Senate confirmation hearings have focused mostly on major policy issues of concern, The Eye – with the assistance of washingtonpost.com's Sarah Lovenheim and intern Ethan Klapper – also reviewed the hearing transcripts for comments about the federal workforce....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Another Last-Minute Bush Appointment

President Bush will not reemerge in public until Tuesday morning, but he has made yet another last-minute appointment. Edwin Smiley Kneedler, a deputy solicitor general, will serve as the acting solicitor general until Barack Obama's pick for the job is...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Tips on Presidential Appointments

As observers and presidential transition veterans can attest, Inauguration Day marks an important and highly visible transfer of power, but does not signal the end of a transition. Some of the most important aspects of the transfer of power happen...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eye Opener: Jan. 16, 2009

Happy Friday! Inauguration Weekend begins -- and many Federal workers in the Washington region have the next few days off. Enjoy the break and stay warm! (The Federal Diarist Joe Davidson tackles the complex pay and work details of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Federal Eye Twitter Update...

The Eye has crossed the century mark with Twitter followers and still hopes to have 200 by Inauguration morning. (He'll be "live tweeting" from the National Mall all day!) Sign up to follow The Eye and he promises to follow...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 15, 2009; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Towns Promises Strong Oversight

Some may wonder how aggressive the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its Democratic majority will be in its oversight of agencies and departments run by a Democratic administration, but the panel's new chairman, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) has...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 15, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Jan. 15, 2009

Happy Thursday! The Eye now has more than 100 Twitter "followers" and hopes to have more than 200 before next Tuesday, when he will "live tweet" from the National Mall during the Inaugural ceremony. If you follow his Twitter...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 15, 2009; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suggested Questions for Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano should sail through her confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, but the General Accountability Office suggests her tenure at the Department of Homeland Security will be anything but easy. Homeland Security Secretary-designate Arizona...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 15, 2009; 6:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Suggested Questions for Eric Holder

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder starts two days of Senate confirmation hearings today. The former judge, U.S. attorney and assistant attorney general has faced increasing criticism from Senate Republicans in recent weeks, with concern about his work during the Clinton administration...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 15, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Orszag Promises More Oversight and Transparency

Peter R. Orszag before his confirmation hearing today with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Photo by AP/Susan Walsh) How many cabinet nominees have you seen sip Diet Coke during their confirmation hearing? Peter R. Orszag, the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 6:19 PM ET | Comments (2)

LaHood's Successor on Earmark News: So What?

Former Illinois Republican congressman and Transportation Secretary-designate Ray LaHood sponsored $60 million in earmarks last year, steering at least $9 million in federal money to campaign donors, according to a report in today's Post. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., following the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Federal Eye Twitter Update...

The Eye has added a little more than a dozen Twitter "followers" since last evening... keep 'em coming and help meet the goal of at least 200 followers by Inauguration morning. (The Eye will be on the National Mall all...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Bamboo Shortage Impact Berry's OPM Job?

The National Zoo is in urgent need of bamboo, reports The Post's Michael Ruane and "zoo officials said they may not have enough to last the winter." What do hungry pandas have to do with personnel management? Ask zoo director...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Homeland Security USA' Episode #2

Since posting last week's assessment of the pilot episode of "Homeland Security USA," The Eye heard from some Homeland Security officials urging him to watch the second episode, because the show would get better. (The Eye vows to watch each...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

House Bill Sets Minimum Oversight Guidelines

UPDATE 6:07 p.m. ET: Despite the concerns of some Republican lawmakers and good government groups, the House unanimously approved the bill this afternoon 423-0. The House is expected to consider a bill today that would require each House committee hold...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Suggested Questions for Eric Shinseki

Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, faces the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today as Obama cabinet nominees continue to visit Capitol Hill this week for confirmation hearings. The Eye continues to post...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Suggested Questions for Peter Orszag

Barack Obama's nominee to head up the Office of Management and Budget, sounded an ominous warning yesterday during the first part of his two days of Senate confirmation hearings. Peter Orszag told the Senate Budget Committee that the nation likely...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Federal Eye On Twitter...

Next Tuesday The Eye will shift his focus to The Post's unprecedented coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama and will help provide updates throughout the day from the National Mall. He'll primarily use his Twitter feed to provide live...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 8:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Likely OPM Director Earns Rave Reviews

National Zoo director John Berry, who is expected to be named the next director of the Office of Personnel Management (Photo by Post) John Berry, the current director of the National Zoo, has accepted an offer to serve as...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suggested Questions for Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson, likely the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency faces several challenges, according to a Government Accountability Office assessment that provides similar analysis of 27 other government agencies and departments. Among other things, Jackson must consider...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Suggested Questions for Shaun Donovan

The GAO suggests the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development faces three main challenges: • Modernizing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) • Reforming Rental Housing Assistance Programs • Strengthening Accountability in Disaster Assistance Among the questions GAO suggests...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush's Physician Gets Last-Minute Appointment

Brig. Gen. and Dr. Richard J. Tubb serves as President Bush's physician. He's one of the newest appointees to the U.S. Air Force Academy's Board of Visitors. With one week to go before he leaves office, President Bush has...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Jan. 13, 2009

Happy Tuesday! One year ago today, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to defend her presidential campaign. Today Clinton, along with Dr. Steven Chu, Arne Duncan, Lisa Jackson and Peter R. Orszag all face...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suggested Questions for Arne Duncan

Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan hopes to serve as the nation's next education secretary, but first he has to win the approval of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He's never been a teacher or principal, but has...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suggested Questions for Hillary Clinton

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today for what's expected to be an easy confirmation hearing. While Clinton is likely to face questions about the Mideast conflict, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Suggested Questions for Steven Chu

President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for energy secretary, Dr. Steven Chu appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today for his confirmation hearing. The next energy secretary faces several challenges, including determining how to fill the nation's strategic petroleum...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2009; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Plan Focuses on Private Sector, Local Jobs

It appears that President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus package will create and save more local and state government jobs than federal positions, according to his weekly radio/YouTube address (see above). Some observers had anticipated a larger expansion of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Huge Challenges Await the Chief Performance Officer

President-elect Barack Obama called his appointment of Nancy Killefer as the first chief performance officer "among the most important I will make." The task ahead of her -- as the nation's first CPO and as a deputy director for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (12)

Eye Opener: Jan. 9, 2008

Happy Friday! Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) faces her confirmation hearings today, the second Obama pick to face a Senate panel. Grist.org notes that Solis will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, headed by Sen. Edward...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suggested Questions for Hilda Solis

The Eye continues to post the Government Accountability Office's suggested managerial and procedural questions for cabinet appointments today, as Barack Obama's pick for labor secretary, Rep. Hilda Solis (R-Calif.), faces the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Rep....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Michael Brown, a.k.a. 'Brownie' Evacuated From Colorado Wildfires

What goes around comes around. Former FEMA Director Michael Brown addresses a gathering of meteorologists on Jan. 18, 2006, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Photo by AP) Former FEMA Administrator Michael Brown, a.k.a. "Brownie," was among approximately 11,000 residents of Boulder,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 8, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (12)

Suggested Questions for Tom Daschle

The former Senate majority leader faces questions from former colleagues today. Lawmakers get their first chance to question a Barack Obama appointee today as Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Tom Daschle takes questions from the Senate Health, Education,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 8, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

Eye Opener: Jan. 8, 2009

Happy Thursday! Tom Daschle, Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, becomes the first appointee to face Senate confirmation today at 10 a.m. "Lawmakers will most likely question him sharply about one of the most contentious...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 8, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Renews Effort To Rename Dept. of Navy

What's in a name? In Washington, almost everything. This town is obsessed with names, ranks, titles, organizational flow charts and preserving one's turf. And now there's a renewed effort by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to rename the Department of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 8, 2009; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (19)

Bush Makes More Last-Minute Appointments

President Bush appointed a total of 47 people to serve in his almost-finished administration yesterday, the latest wave of last-minute appointments to relatively obscure agencies. Outgoing chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Attorney General Michael...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 7, 2009; 5:10 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Appoints Government Performance Officer

Barack Obama and Nancy Killefer, his pick to serve as chief performance officer, during a news conference at transition headquarter in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Linda Davidson, Post) Updated 4:02 p.m. ET President-elect Barack Obama has picked Nancy Killefer...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 7, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (25)

'Homeland Security' Show An Incomplete Picture

The Eye and Almost Mrs. Eye spent part of their Tuesday evening watching the debut episode of ABC's "Homeland Security USA" in spite of poor reviews and strong online criticism of the program. While the show provides a unique and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 7, 2009; 5:50 AM ET | Comments (23)

Other TV Stars for The Cabinet?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a medical journalist for CNN and CBS News, has been offered the job of surgeon general, according to The Post's Howard Kurtz. The Atlanta-based neurosurgeon, who has inspired a fan blog and has been known to eat...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 6, 2009; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (10)

'Homeland Security USA' Debuts To Chilly Reception

"Homeland Security USA" debuts tonight on ABC, but considering its poor reviews and negative online buzz, the network may be wishing it had delayed its launch even longer. "Even if it's better to be safe than sorry...'Homeland' still seems a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 6, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Top Transition Tips

As the presidential transition nears its end, it's a good time for career federal employees to get ready for a new slate of bosses and priorities. Dozens such folks showed up this morning for a great workshop called "The First...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 6, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ask Your Government: Trimming The Federal Fat

A few weeks ago The Eye asked readers to submit questions via Google Moderator to help launch a new series called, "Ask Your Government." Every week The Eye plans to answer a new reader-submitted question and will post the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 6, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eye Opener: Jan. 6, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Does the ability to eat fire qualify CBS/CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to serve in the Obama adminstration? (See the clip above.) It might. The Post's Al Kamen reports today that Gupta "is a serious contender to be...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

House to Consider Expanded Oversight of Agencies

UPDATE 7 p.m. ET: The oversight proposal will not be included in tomorrow's House rules package, according to a House leadership aide. It will instead be considered as a separate bill as early as next week, according to another House...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 5, 2009; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Chat With The Eye!

The Eye hosted the daily Post Politics Hour live discussion earlier today. Below are some of the highlights: Fairfax County, Va.: I'm sorry to see Bill Richardson withdraw and I hope this truly does get resolved in his favor, so...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 5, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Jan. 5, 2009

Happy Monday! Things get very busy around Washington starting today as the President-elect temporarily moves into the Hay-Adams Hotel and prepares to sell his economic stimulus plan to Congressional leaders. Two elements The Eye will be watching: Obama's proposal...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 5, 2009; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lessons From Richardson's Withdrawal

President-elect Barack Obama listens as Commerce Secretary-designate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Dec. 3, 2008. (Photo by Charles Dharapak, AP) There's plenty to learn from Gov. Bill Richardson's (D-N.M.) decision to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 4, 2009; 5:50 PM ET | Comments (11)

Eye Opener: Jan. 2, 2009

Happy Friday! Imagine spending years trying to keep certain political and ideological rivals out of the federal government, only to have them show up as you head out the door. Well, the presence of some Obama transition review team members...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 2, 2009; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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