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Federal Eye: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Facebookers Back Howard Dean for HHS Secretary

In the wake of Thomas A. Daschle's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for secretary of health and human services, some Democrats said they were at a loss for whom President Obama might nominate next. Will the latest online...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 6, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Overheard  
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Ask Your Government: High-Speed Passenger Rail

In the latest installment of the Ask Your Government series, The Eye answers a question from blog reader and Google Moderator member Rotunda, of Muncie, Ind.: "America should build a nationwide high-speed (300+ mph) electric commuter train system that...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 6, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Ask Your Government, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 6, 2009

Happy Friday! The Eye makes his debut in on The Post's print edition Fed Page today with a report on some bureaucratic challenges facing the Obama administration: "Since President Obama took office, the Food and Drug Administration has been...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 6, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Democrats Release House Oversight Committee Assignments

The Democratic staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released the names of subcommittees and the members assigned to each. Each of these has oversight of most if not all federal agencies and departments: Subcommittee on...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 5, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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What Would You Tell Michelle Obama About HUD?

Ahead of Michelle Obama's appearance at the Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday, The Eye asked some staffers what they would tell the first lady about HUD if given the chance. Watch the answers above. And keep an...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 5, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 5, 2009

Happy Thursday! Today is National Weatherman's Day, which honors "weathermen, and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather." In celebration of the big day, The Eye is headed to the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington regional...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 5, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Daschle and Killefer Linked By More than Taxes

As the departures of Thomas A. Daschle and Nancy Killefer spell trouble for President Obama, they also take away a little more of the luster of Northwest Washington's Wesley Heights neighborhood, where both former administration nominees live, and where real...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 4, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Overheard  
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Michelle Obama Visits HUD

Michelle Obama greets Department of Housing and Urban Development employees today during a visit to the department's headquarters. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) First Lady Michelle Obama continued her tour of Federal agencies and departments today, stopping by the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 4, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Overheard  
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GPO Launches 'Google' for Federal Docs

The Government Printing Office today launches Federal Digital System (FDsys), the new online home for original federal documents. Users will eventually be able to search for information from the government's 50 different collections. The site currently hosts the eight most-popular...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Nuts and Bolts  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 4, 2009

Happy Wednesday! Today First Lady Michelle Obama continues her tour of the federal bureaucracy by visiting the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Eye will be there to keep watch and you can follow live updates of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 4, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nancy Killefer and Tom Daschle Withdraw...

... follow The Post's coverage of the unexpected withdrawals of President Obama's pick to serve as the nation's first chief performance officer and the secretary of health and human services here. Also read Killefer's letter of resignation to President Obama....

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Obama Names Tammy Duckworth to VA

(AP Photo by M. Spencer Green) President Obama has nominated Tammy Duckworth to serve as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Iraq war veteran currently serves as a major in the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 3, 2009

Happy Tuesday! The White House welcomed the heads of the nation's leading federal workers unions late last week, but the administration "would not provide the names of those who attended the meeting," reports The Federal Diarist Joe Davidson. "But...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Challenges Await Gregg at Commerce

The nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg to serve as commerce secretary signals the New Hampshire Republican will have a big role to play in convincing lawmakers to support President Obama's economic proposals. It's also expected he will focus on entitlement...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Staffing Shortages Fuel Agency Failures

Swap out a few names in today's Post article about increasing caseloads and declining morale at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and you could be telling the story of any of several government outfits suffering from a lack of resources...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Ron Sims Named Deputy Secretary of HUD

King County, Wash. Executive Ron Sims speaks at a Seattle news conference today, announcing his pick to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Photo by AP) President Obama has nominated Ron Sims, county...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 2, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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First Lady Plans Series of Visits to Federal Offices

First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left, during visit to the Education Department in Washington, D.C. on Monday. (Photo by AP) First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the Department of Education today is the first...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 2, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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White House: Public Sector Won't Fuel Economic Recovery

There was an interesting exchange this afternoon during the daily White House press briefing, as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked a series of questions about economic stimulus proposals and job creation. The Eye's colleague Michael D. Shear asked Gibbs...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 2, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 2, 2009

Happy Monday! Today The Washington Post relaunches its print Fed Page, providing newspaper readers with a one-stop spot for all of The Post's coverage on the federal government. While the coverage continues all day long at washingtonpost.com/fedpage, make sure...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 2, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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