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" the Inaugural ceremonies. The Eye will watch out for America's hero pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who is reportedly visiting Washington for the big day with his family.
As Democrats and other career government employees prepare to take new jobs this week, potentially thousands of Republicans are searching for jobs anywhere -- at corporations, public interest groups and in government.
"For Republicans, the inn is full," veteran GOP operative Ron Kaufman told The Post's Philip Rucker and Dan Eggen. "You have lots of folks in the House and Senate on the streets and 3,000 administration appointees on the streets at a time when the job market is shrinking anyways. It's just not a fun time."
Meanwhile, as the nation's economy suffers, the military had a banner year as more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training reports the New York Times.
"The Army exceeded its targets each month for October, November and December — the first quarter of the new fiscal year — bringing in 21,443 new soldiers on active duty and in the reserves. December figures were released last week. Recruiters also report that more people are inquiring about joining the military, a trend that could further bolster the ranks."
In other news...
• Bush White House Fight E-mail Orders: "The Bush administration is aggressively pushing back against a federal court order instructing the most important offices in the White House to preserve all of their e-mail," the AP reports. "In court papers late Friday, the administration argued that a federal court has no authority to impose such a requirement on the offices of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council."
• Tuesday's "Voice of God": The voice of the announcer at Tuesday's Inaugural belongs to Navy Musician 1st Class Courtney Williams, 33, a postal carrier's son from Greenbrier, Tenn. "He's a former high school band geek with a yen for country music, whose performance preparation usually includes a cup of coffee and a Marlboro Light," reports The Post's Michael E. Ruane.
• Clinton's Goals Detailed: The Post's Walter Pincus combs through Sen.-and-soon-to-be-Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments on ballistic missiles, the International Criminal Court and other foreign policy matters.
• Defense Finalizes Changes to NSPS Hiring: "The Defense Department on Friday issued final rules to expand the hiring and promotion flexibilities available to managers under its new personnel system," reports Gov Exec. "The rules enable Defense to exercise direct-hire authority and expand its use of term, temporary and time-limited appointments to help address surges in workload and extended absences due to military or civilian deployments. The temporary spots could be noncompetitively converted to permanent status later, the notice said."
• Stimulus Bill Includes Mucho Accountability: As The Eye reported last week, lawmakers have included numerous accountability provisions in the economic stimulus legislation in an attempt to quell concern over how the money would be spent. Gov Exec recaps some of the accountability efforts.
• Disaster Housing Plan Complete: "The Bush administration issued a long-awaited strategy for how to house disaster victims after catastrophic incidents like Hurricane Katrina," reports the AP. "The blueprint, issued late Friday night, was called for by Congress after the 2005 hurricane season highlighted the federal government's inability to find appropriate housing solutions for people driven from their homes for more than just a few months."
• Events: Keep tabs on all the Inaugural events at The Post's Inauguration Central.
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