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Eye Opener: Jan. 16, 2009

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

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 next week's Inaugural break.)

A reminder that The Eye will "live tweet" the Inaugural proceedings on Tuesday from the National Mall. Sign up for The Eye's Twitter feed and check back frequently on Tuesday for updates.

Confirmation hearings continue to go smoothly for Barack Obama's cabinet picks. Interior Department pick Ken Salazar vowed to “clean up the mess” at his new department and said “I want this department to be America’s department," not just focused on Western portions of the nation, reports The New York Times. The Federal Times also notes he said he will push for more funding for national parks as part of Obama’s proposed economic recovery package.

Homeland Security
nominee Janet Napolitano "offered few details but said she would lead a broad reexamination of the department's security policies in the coming year," reports The Post's Spencer S. Hsu. "Napolitano, who served as U.S. attorney for Arizona and state attorney general, rebutted criticism that her résumé lacks counterterrorism credentials. As U.S. attorney, she said, she gained direct experience when her office helped investigate the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and prosecuted a militia group in a separate bombing plot."

United Nations ambassador-designate Susan Rice said she hopes to help fix what she called "an indispensable if imperfect institution" while seeking "strong international partnerships" on a range of issues writes The Post's Glenn Kessler.

Mary Schapiro, Obama's pick to lead the SEC, said "she is exploring ways to revamp how securities are rated, calling the current system of companies paying directly for credit ratings a conflict of interest that must be addressed," notes The Post's Zachary Goldfarb.

In other news...

FCC's Martin Out on Tuesday: He will join the Aspen Institute as a senior fellow reports The Post's Cecilia Kang.

Deputy Secretaries and Mid-Level Positions: Mr. "In The Loop" Al Kamen has news from DHS, HHS, the National Security Council and Energy.

OPM Modifying Senior Executive Selection Process: Following the success of a pilot program implemented last year, reports GovExec.

Revolving Door Tightened at Pentagon: "Pentagon officials who participate in costly acquisitions now will need written approval from an agency ethics officer before taking a job with a Defense Department contractor," reports GovExec.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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The Post reported this morning that 2,000 Treasury staffers will be allowed to watch the parade from their offices overlooking Penn Avenue. I'm a fed in a nearby building on the parade route but it will be locked down for the duration. Why cant I watch the festivities from MY office. Why do Treasury employees get this perk and the rest of us dont?

Posted by: michellem1 | January 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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