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Federal Eye: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Benefits, Feasibility of High-Speed Rail Varies

Remember The Eye's recent "Ask Your Government" report on the future of American high-speed rail? Remember how it discussed the potential drawbacks to such ambitious efforts? A new report by the Government Accountability Office confirms those concerns, noting that expected...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 20, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ask Your Government, Oversight  
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Report: IG's Disregard for Whistleblowers 'Shameless'

Despite being "one of the most important stakeholders" of the federal government's 64 offices of inspector general, whistleblowers are often considered "afterthoughts" by the federal government's watchdogs responsible for compiling and investigating their concerns, according to a new report by...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 20, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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Gold Star: Janet Napolitano

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (Photo by Bill O'Leary/Post) "We don’t have to have a Guantanamo to have safety." Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made that statement on CNN Thursday when asked about former vice president Dick Cheney's recent...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gold Star, Oversight  
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Stimulus Watchdog Warns of Challenges in Tracking Funds

The chief government overseer for the distribution of economic stimulus funds warned lawmakers today that he faces several challenges in developing and implementing a system for tracking those funds and minimizing fraud and abuse. During his first appearance before Congress...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 19, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: March 19, 2009

GO AU! Tonight the American University Eagles face off against the Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Eye will don his Eagle red, white and blue today with pride. (Watch...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 19, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Earl Devaney's Recommended Reading

Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, photographed at the White House on Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo by Charles Dharapak) Earl Devaney has a bookmark for reporters: Recovery.gov. "My vision here is that every...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 19, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Could Crowdsourcing Help Control the Stimulus?

As the federal government starts doling out billions of dollars from the economic recovery package, there's growing concern that officials will not be able to account for every project and every dollar spent. Should the government enlist everyday Americans with...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 18, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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GovSpeak: Gobbled Up in Gobbledygook

By Washington Post columnist John Kelly in his blog John Kelly's Commons: The Declaration of Independence was very clear about what it meant. Since then, it's been pretty much downhill for government prose. Who could forget "revenue enhancement" as a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 18, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post  
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Locke Assures Senators on Census, DTV Switch

Gary Locke appears before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Former Washington State governor Gary Locke expressed his full commitment to helping restore the nation's economic health...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings  
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Eye Opener: March 18, 2009

Happy Thursday! Gary Locke's confirmation hearing to serve as commerce secretary happens today and The Eye will be there with updates throughout the day. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is also scheduled to clear the nomination of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 18, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Suggested Questions for Gary Locke

Some thought this day might never come! Former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke (D) faces a confirmation hearing today to serve as commerce secretary. (Photo by AP) Today the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a confirmation hearing...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 18, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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Elaine Kaplan Named OPM's General Counsel

Elaine Kaplan, photographed in 2000, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by James M. Thresher/The Washington Post) Elaine Kaplan will serve as one of President Obama's lead advisors on federal human resource issues in her new role as general counsel of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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How to File an OSHA Complaint

The recent news about a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum worker's exposure to asbestos and his efforts to file safety complaints might pique the interest of other federal employees in similar situations. As The Post documented on Sunday, Smithsonian lighting...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ask Your Government, Workplace Issues  
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Tallying Visits From the Boss (or the Boss's Wife)

The president, first lady and vice president have visited several government agencies and departments. Employees always seem to dress nicely and organize their desks when they know the boss is stopping by for a visit. While they haven't walked...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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O'Eye Opener: March 17, 2009

Maidin Mhaith and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy the holiday, be safe and as you drink or eat today, consider the merits of these developments: "The Pentagon yesterday suspended plans to move additional civilian workers from the traditional General...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Obama Marks VA's 20th Anniversary

President Obama marked the 20th anniversary of the Department of Veterans Affairs today, saying the coming year "will be the true test" of the department's mission to provide assistance to the nation's veterans, as many start returning from Iraq...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 16, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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FY-Eye: Smithsonian and Asbestos

Smithsonian Institution officials acknowledge the presence of asbestos at the National Air and Space Museum, but say tests show there is nothing harmful in the air, according to a report in Sunday's Washington Post by James V. Grimaldi and Jacqueline...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 16, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FY-Eye, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: March 16, 2009

Happy Monday! Spend some time today watching last night's "60 Minutes" interview (above) with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the first televised conversation with a Fed chairman in more than 20 years. If anything, watch for a look at...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 16, 2009; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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