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Federal Eye: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

TSO Unionization Campaigns Go Online

Both the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union have taken their campaigns to unionize Transportation Security Officers online, in an effort to win the right to organize the last big group of government employees without...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 27, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Pentagon Workers Pitched Part-Time Work

A local real estate company tried pitching furnished apartments to Department of Defense employees temporarily assigned to the Pentagon. Updated 1:34 p.m. ET Earlier this week a loyal reader sent The Eye a Craigslist jobs listing posted by an...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Explaining Mrs. Obama's Visits to Federal Agencies

"Government is hard work," says White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, and that's one of the big reasons why First Lady Michelle Obama continues to visit Federal agencies, to thank employees for their public service. In the video clip...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 27, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: Feb. 27, 2009

Happy Friday! The Post's Philip Rucker spent some time with the administration's "super-nerd" and Office of Management Budget director Peter Orszag (see above) and learned that with his new job "comes a sort of fame. A divorced father of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 27, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Budget: Winners and Losers

Budget Director Peter Orszag, left, looks up after delivering copies of the federal budget to House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.), center, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) today on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Michelle Obama Shares Limelight With EPA Staff

First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by several EPA employees, waves as she speaks today during her visit to the EPA's Washington, D.C. headquarters. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) First Lady Michelle Obama made her sixth visit to a federal agency...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Budget: First Glance

Copies of President Obama's first proposed budget on display earlier today. Updated 12:02 p.m. ET The Eye and his colleagues will spend most of today reviewing President Obama's first federal budget proposals. Already we know that it will include...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eye Opener: Feb. 26, 2009

Happy Thursday! It's Budget Day (What? You're not excited?) and The Eye will spend most of it poring over the details... look for updates here and across washingtonpost.com. Reinforcing his international appeal, check out the quick clip above of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hilda Solis's First Day at Work

Edward Hugler, who served as acting labor secretary until Hilda Solis was sworn in, hands over the keys to the secretary's office Wednesday morning at Labor Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Shawn T. Moore, Dept. of Labor)...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 25, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Calls on Locke to Reject Obama Census Plans

Only hours after President Obama nominated Gary Locke to serve as the next commerce secretary, Republicans are calling on the former Washington governor to reject the administration's reported plans to have the next Census director report to both the commerce...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 25, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NTEU's Kelley on Obama's Big Speech

National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelley issued the following statement about President Obama's speech to Congress, picking up especially on his comments about the increased work of the federal government: The national economic picture spelled out by President...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 25, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Feb. 25, 2009

Happy Wednesday! The Eye opens a bit later this morning after a busy night analyzing President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. Last night Attorney General Eric Holder served as this year's "designated survivor," or cabinet...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 25, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Speech: Winners and Losers

Which parts of the federal government won praise from Obama? (Post photo by Rich Lipski) While The Eye's colleagues provide unrivaled political analysis and perspective of President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, we've decided to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Highlights of White House Procurement Breakout Session

Apologies for not posting these sooner, but below are the highlights of yesterday afternoon's breakout session about procurement during President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Summit, as provided by the pool reporter, Jon Ward of The Washington Times. The Eye promises to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former Census Directors Offer a Head Count Primer

If you think the U.S. Census Bureau sits around waiting to count Americans between the years ending in zero, you're wrong, according to two former bureau directors. Dr. Louis Kincannon served as U.S. Census Bureau director from 2002 to 2008....

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Holder Staying Away From Obama's Speech

The attorney general will skip President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) Attorney General Eric Holder will not attend President Obama's speech to Congress tonight, according to an administration official, and will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eye Opener: Feb. 24, 2009

Happy Tuesday! President Obama gives his first major address to a joint session of Congress tonight. The Federal Eye will weigh in following the address with a Look at the winners and losers mentioned during the big speech. Make...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Governors Suggest Feds Can Learn from States

As the nation's governors wrapped up their annual meeting of the National Governors Association, two of them -- Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) -- offered the federal government some advice on how to change the way it...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Turf War, Video Report  
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Final FAA-Weather Service Decision Delayed Again

The Federal Aviation Administration has extended by one month a deadline for the National Weather Service to deliver recommendations on changing the FAA's use of government meteorologists at its air route traffic control centers. In an "all-hands" e-mail to NWS...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Hand That Giveth to the Census, Also Taketh Away

The Census Bureau will most likely not get all of the roughly $7.5 billion it requested for this year's budget, in part because of the $1 billion it received in the economic stimulus package, according to congressional and Census sources....

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eye On the National Weather Service

Arguably, no other group of government employees has as much impact on your daily life as the forecasters, scientists and technicians of the National Weather Service. Emergency medical and management personnel; city, county and state governments, and local media...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Eye Opener: Feb. 23, 2009

Happy Monday! The Eye is back in focus after a nine-day vacation to visit family overseas. It promises to be a busy week in Washington, with President Obama's first address to Congress, the release of the first details of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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