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

Locke Officially Leading Commerce

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was sworn in at a private ceremony yesterday in Seattle, according to Commerce sources. Judge Richard A. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington swore him in around 6:30 p.m. EDT....

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 27, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Aussie PM Thanks USDA, Interior for Wildfire Help

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (center) is joined by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (center left) and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (center right) at an event at USDA headquarters on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) Australian...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 27, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Gold Star: Arne Duncan

Education Secretary Arne Duncan. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/Post) "I can't emphasize strongly enough how important it is for states and districts to think very creatively and to think very differently about how they use this first set of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 27, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: March 27, 2009

Happy Friday! It's one day until The Eye's birthday (and apparently until USA Passport Day)! National Park Service officials and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that they anticipate at least 1 million visitors to the National Mall's Tidal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 27, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Berry Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

National Zoo director and OPM director nominee John Berry in a March 3, 2005 file photo. (Photo by Post) The Obama administration's nominee to serve as director of the Office of Personnel Management easily handled the Senate confirmation process...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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Who Attended the Latest Stimulus Meeting?

Vice President Biden met with several officials today to review the government's progress in doling out economic stimulus funds. "Every day, every week we see these funds going from Washington into American communities. And I believe we're starting to see...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Where the 'Hard to Counts' Live

Following up on reports earlier this week about the Census Bureau's multimillion dollar effort to encourage participation in next year's census and improve its chances of measuring "hard-to-count" populations, consider the data below (sent to The Eye by loyal readers...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eye Opener: March 26, 2009

Happy Thursday! If President Obama doesn't answer your question today, make sure to submit instead to The Eye's "Ask Your Government" Google Moderator group. Several new answers to your queries are in the works. Today's Big Story: "If the U.S....

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GAO: DOD Lacks Information on Acquisition Workforce

President Obama said Tuesday night that his administration will soon unveil plans to overhaul the Defense Department's procurement process, but a new report suggests it could have a hard time figuring it all out. The department "does not collect or...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vilsack Pulls From Familiar Circles to Staff USDA

Updated 5:49 p.m. ET Proving that it pays to work for the winning team, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has drawn heavily from reliable Democratic Party networks to fill out his senior staff. Most of the new hires, many of whom...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 25, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Beltway Bureaucrats to Recruit Wall Street Veterans

At least seven government agencies will attempt to recruit some of Wall Street's expertise in late April at a job fair sponsored by the New York Society of Security Analysts. The 72-year-old professional development group for members of the investment...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 25, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Public Service, Revolving Door, Workplace Issues  
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Report Reveals Lax Oversight of IRS Phone Cards

Internal Revenue Service employees charged approximately $8.4 million to 34,000 agency-issued telephone cards, according to a new report by the agency's inspector general that tracked calls between Oct. 2005 and April 2008. The report's findings mirror a similar 2004 report...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 25, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: March 25, 2009

Happy Wednesday! Here's your morning rundown of top stories across the federal government. Follow The Eye on Twitter and send your news tips, events listings, questions or comments to federaleye@washingtonpost.com. Today's Big Story: Raising concerns The Eye mentioned earlier...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 25, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama On the Politics of Procurement

President Obama holds his second prime time press conference of his presidency Tuesday night. (Photo by Post) The Eyes and ears of Beltway bureaucrats undoubtedly perked up tonight during President Obama's prime-time news conference when he detoured for a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 24, 2009; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Contracting  
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Who Will Serve as NASA Administrator?

President Obama will speak with Shuttle Discovery astronauts today as they wrap up a series of spacewalks high above. But they still don't have a boss back here on Earth. "I will soon be appointing a new NASA director," Obama...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 24, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eye Opener: March 24, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Here's a quick review of the day's big headlines from the federal government: • Expanding National Service: "The nation is close to a major civic breakthrough," opines the New York Times editorial board about bipartisan plans to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 24, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edward DeSeve Named Obama Adviser

President Obama and Vice President Biden have tapped Edward DeSeve to serve as a special adviser on the implementation of the economic stimulus package. His resume reads like the ultimate "revolving door" bureaucrat and he was recently described to The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 23, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Census Taps Stimulus Funds to Boost Participation

By Ed O'Keefe and Steve Vogel Amid fears that millions of people may not be counted during next year’s census, the Census Bureau will devote $250 million of its $1 billion in stimulus funding to encourage greater participation in the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 23, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tania Shand Moves from the Hill to OPM

By Joe Davidson in The Federal Diary: Tania A. Shand is leaving Capitol Hill to become director of the Office of Personnel Management's director of congressional relations, acting OPM Director Kathie Ann Whipple announced today. Shand joins OPM with a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 23, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: March 23, 2009

Find more videos like this on ExchangesConnect Online Video Contest Happy Monday! Today's video selection is one of four winners from the “My Culture + Your Culture =?” online video contest, sponsored by the State Department's ExchangesConnect social networking...

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 23, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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