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Federal Eye: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, What Would You Do?  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Overheard  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Turf War  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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'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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Revolving Door, What Would You Do?  
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'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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Overheard  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ask Your Government  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About the Blog  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 4, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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