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Federal Eye: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 30, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 30, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 30, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 29, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 29, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 29, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 28, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 28, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 28, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 28, 2009; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2009; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 26, 2009; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 26, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | January 26, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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