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Federal Eye: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

VA to Return Equipment to Radio Reporter

UPDATE 8:29 p.m. ET: Following a day of back and forth, the VA has decided to return the flash card to WAMU reporter David Schultz. The VA issued a new statement at 8:02 p.m. ET: "The Department of Veterans Affairs...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 10, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Four More Administration Appointees Announced

Maryland Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari has been tapped to join the Obama administration. (Photo by Post) While most of official Washington lays low for the Passover and Good Friday holidays, President Obama has announced his intention to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 10, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Gold Star: Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder in his office at the Justice Department during a recent Washington Post interview. (Photo by Post) Without question, this week's Gold Star goes to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Catching Washington off guard last...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Duncan Is Not Lying

Good Friday and a blessed Passover! The Eye loves any opportunity to better explain the Ways of Washington and a new Brookings Institution report does just that: Brookings senior fellow Russ Whitehurst defends Education Secretary Arne Duncan against two...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 10, 2009; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Government Speeds Up Hybrid Car Purchase

Federal employees may soon find themselves behind the wheel of hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles like this Chevrolet Volt, displayed recently in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Getty) The government has stepped on the gas, accelerating parts of a big purchase...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 9, 2009; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Contracting  
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Suggestions on Building Recovery.gov

A big element of the Obama administration's plans to distribute and oversee economic stimulus funds is Recovery.gov, eagerly anticipated as the administration's first stab at opening wide the doors of the federal bureaucracy. The Eye has taken great interest...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 9, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What Would You Do?  
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Postal Service Launches 'The Simpsons' Stamps

From Springfield, with love. The Simpsons will start arriving in mailboxes May 7. (Photo courtesy of USPS) The U.S. Postal Service today released the portraits of characters from "The Simpsons," the long-running animated franchise, that will begin appearing on postage...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 9, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Eye Opener: April 9, 2009

Happy Thursday! Today's Big Story: "Half a dozen investigators conducting security-clearance checks for the federal government have been accused of lying in the reports they submitted to the Office of Personnel Management, which handles about 90 percent of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 9, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Donovan: Not Every American Should be a Homeowner

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says he saw the signs of a national housing crisis during his tenure as New York City's housing chief and suggests in an interview with The Washington Post that home ownership is...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report  
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Tips on Getting an Obama Administration Job

Post reporter Ian Shapira reports today on eager twenty- and thirty-somethings seeking work with the new administration. "The job-seekers range from think-tank types to lawyers seeking better hours or a more altruistic mission. Many were low-paid field directors and their...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Obama Taps Eight for Top Administration Jobs

President Obama today announced plans to nominate a quartet of revolving-door regulars and experienced Hill veterans to positions at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and Transportation.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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FY-Eye: Should Obama Get a Raise?

The Eye's Web browsing just took him to an interesting piece by veteran CBS Radio News White House reporter Mark Knoller, who wonders aloud whether President Obama -- as the federal government's CEO -- deserves a raise. He considers the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Eye Opener: April 8, 2009

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Happy Wednesday! Watch above as NBC News reports on an issue The Eye has followed for months. The video includes quick comments by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, once...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye On Customs and Border Protection

Anyone who's traveled through an international airport or crossed the U.S. border with Canada or Mexico has probably seen a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer inspecting automobiles, baggage and people with the assistance of a canine colleague. While...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2009; 4:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye On..., Video Report  
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Holder Defends DOJ Following Stevens Dismissal

In his first television interview since taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. defended the integrity and mission of the Justice Department today and said it will continue to prosecute political figures when necessary, despite a federal judge's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 7, 2009; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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VA's Top Health Care Official Stepping Down

Dr. Michael J. Kussman, testifying before a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on June 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The Veterans Affairs undersecretary responsible for the nation's largest health care system will retire May 9, according to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 7, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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'Kumar' Gets a White House Job

Actor Kal Penn is headed from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images) By Amy Argetsiner in The Post's Reliable Source blog: We've had actors-turned-mayors, and actors-turned-governors. . . but actors-turned-staffers? That's a new one! But that's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 7, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: April 7, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Defense Secretary Robert Gates' budget proposals mean big changes for wide swaths of the defense and government contracting communities -- if of course they win Congressional approval. "The recent surge in the Washington area's defense-contracting workforce would...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 7, 2009; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bill to Rename Dept. of Navy Picks Up New Support

A House bill that would change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps has earned more than 200 co-sponsors and similar renaming efforts are underway in the Senate. This seal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 7, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Three Cabinet Secretaries, Same Mission

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Attorney General Eric Holder and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan appear together today at the Treasury Department. (Photo by Getty Images) Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Attorney General Eric Holder, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Federal Trade...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 6, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Turf War  
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Eye Opener: April 6, 2009

Happy Monday! A bit later today as The Eye had to drop off his parents at the airport after a weekend visit. This. Is. Just. Amazing: Virginia Saunders, 82, has worked at the Government Printing Office for 63 years....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 5, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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