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Federal Eye: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

TVA Reminds Staff to Use Company Cards Wisely

Following an investigation that revealed fraudulent purchases of items including X-Boxes, TiVos and alcohol, the Tennessee Valley Authority sent an email to employees this week reminding them to avoid such purchases on credit cards issued by the government-backed corporation. "We...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 13, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Shinseki's Letter to Veterans

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric. K. Shinseki Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki sent the following letter to military veterans this week, introducing himself as "Ric" and noting his own military service. An Open Letter to Veterans From Secretary of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 13, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Hilda Solis Sworn in as Labor Secretary

Hilda Solis officially became the 25th labor secretary today, as Vice President Joe Biden administered her oath of office with her husband, sisters and former Congressional colleagues watching. As you can see in the video clip above, Solis --...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 13, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report  
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Obama: 'I Love the South'

Experience and professional qualifications trump regional considerations in the selection of Cabinet secretaries and other top government appointees, President Obama told a group of reporters from regional newspapers during an interview earlier this week. The lack of southerners in his...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 13, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Gold Star: Timothy Geithner

The Treasury Secretary has been everywhere this week, doing what he can to sell the president's economic agenda. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg) "We're doing more in weeks than other countries do in years." Treasury Secretary Timothy M. Geithner made...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 13, 2009; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gold Star  
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Devaney: Stimulus Waste and Fraud 'Inevitable'

Accountability Board Chair Earl Devaney speaks during a late February meeting at the White House. (Photo by Reuters) The official tasked with overseeing the economic stimulus funds says it's "inevitable" that taxpayer funds will be lost due to waste,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 12, 2009; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Obama's Signing Statement and Federal Agencies

President Obama said earlier this week that he will rarely state his own interpretation of legislation, but he issued his first "signing statement" on Wednesday, outlining five points of disagreement with the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. While they...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 12, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Treasury Still Hiring for TARP

Let there be no doubt: the federal government is hiring. The Treasury Department continues to recruit new employees for the Office of Financial Stability (OFS) -- tasked with implementing TARP -- but it's still short of anticipated needs, according to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 12, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Eye Opener: March 12, 2009

Happy Thursday! The Obama administration has attracted all sorts of new people to government, including a few journalists. In the video clip above, see and hear former TIME Magazine reporter Jay Carney describe his new role as communications director...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 12, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Food (Safety) Fight

Lawmakers have proposed several competing measures in recent weeks to reform the nation's food safety efforts and pump more money into the Food and Drug Administration, the nation's primary food safety inspection agency. While the ideas have sparked a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 11, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, What Would You Do?  
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Ask Your Government: Will the U.S. Go Metric?

It's time for "Ask Your Government!" The latest answer comes in response to a user-submitted question from "Ask Your Government" Google Moderator member Glassboro Frank who asks: "One of responsibilities of the federal government is to "fix the Standard...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 11, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Ask Your Government, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: March 11, 2009

Happy Wednesday! The Eye will spend his day on Capitol Hill and you can follow his every move through Twitter. The Obama administration names Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske as the nation's drug czar today, according to The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 11, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Think Tanks Stock Up on Bush Admin. Veterans

Henrietta Holsman Fore, returning to the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is seen here in her role as director of the U.S. Mint on June 6, 2005. (Photo by Jim Graham) The revolving...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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FY-Eye: 'Great Work in Our Own Words'

Take a moment today to check out a new e-book that is packed with the stories of rank-and-file federal employees: "I Am Public Service: Great Work in Our Own Words" is designed to inspire the next generation of public servants....

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FY-Eye, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: March 10, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Per our friends at GovLoop, today's the final day for all federal employees to share their ideas on making government more open, transparent, and participant. All government employees with .gov, .mil, or .fed.us e-mail addresses can join...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ABC's 'Homeland Security' Ending Its Run, for Now

It's 'lights out' for "Homeland Security USA," at least temporarily. "Homeland Security USA," debuted on Jan. 6 and profiled various parts of DHS, including Customs and Border Protection. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC) The ABC reality television series starring rank-and-file employees...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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On 50th Birthday, a Look at Barbie's Federal Jobs

This undated photo shows President Barbie Doll, once produced by the Mattel corporation in conjunction with Girls' Inc. and the White House Project. The doll was available as a Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic. Today marks the 50th birthday of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 9, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Miscellaneous, Public Service  
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Eye Opener: March 9, 2009

Happy Monday! Over the weekend The Eye received several e-mails from loyal readers and food industry observers passing along blog posts that suggest the Obama administration will name a new head of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service today...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 9, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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