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Federal Eye: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Who Are Jeffrey Zients and Aneesh Chopra?

Jeffrey Zients and Aneesh Chopra have been tapped to serve as the federal government's chief performance officer and chief technology officer, respectively. (Photos by Post and AP) President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to announce plans...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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The Post Politics Program: Chu, Richardson, 'State of Play'

In addition to reporting duties for Federal Eye and the pages of The Washington Post, The Eye, co-hosts the weekly "Post Politics Program" that airs Saturdays on Sirius/XM's POTUS political channel. It's a 30-minute review of national political matters...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Politics Program  
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Obama Announces More Nominations

President Obama is traveling abroad, but his recruitment efforts continue, as he plans to nominate eight more people to join the administration. Most notably, Obama has tapped Christine M. Griffin to serve as deputy director of the Office of Personnel...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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New Senate Panel Will Probe Inspectors General

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) (Photo by Post) A new, long-anticipated Senate panel tasked with oversight of government contracting will hold its first hearing next Tuesday, focused on the work and resources of inspectors general. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) chairs...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Gold Star: Dan Restrepo

Dan Restrepo speaks alongside White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about President Obama's decision to ease restrictions of travel and remittances to Cuba on Monday. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) "This is a step to extend a hand to the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gold Star  
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Eye Opener: Several Terps On Obama's Team

Happy Friday! Donald Kettl's arrival at the University of Maryland earlier this week is part of the traditional "revolving door" phenomenon that runs from government to the private sector to academia and UMD spokesman Neil Tickner noted that several...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Who's Hanging in Eric Holder's Office?

The official portraits of Richard H. Jackson, Robert F. Kennedy, Elliot Richardson and Janet Reno hang in the office suite of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Photos by Post, UPI, AP) Decorating the new office is probably a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Kerry Will Not Vote On Brother's Nomination

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) will attend next week's confirmation hearing for his brother Cameron, nominated by President Obama to serve as general counsel at the Commerce Department, but he will recuse himself when it comes time for the committee...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Woahh Ohhhh Mexico...

Happy Thursday! President Obama heads south of the border today and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Energy Secretary Steven Chu are going along for the ride. They will discuss various issues with their Mexican counterparts during a jam-packed...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2009; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Napolitano Comments on 'Right Wing Extremist' Report

Updated 4:51 p.m. ET Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded today to widespread criticism of a leaked domestic intelligence report that warns local law enforcement agencies to be on guard for right-wing extremist groups seeking new recruits amid the nation's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Obama to Add 13 More to Administration

President Obama intends to nominate 13 more individuals to his administration, filling positions at the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Labor, State, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Legal Services Corporation and Occupational Safety and Health Review...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Bo the Dog's DOT Connections

Some Department of Transportation employees have close Bo connections. (Bill O'Leary/Post) In arguably the most unusual example of kissing up to the big boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is highlighting his agency's connections to Bo the Dog, the new...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: About That Homeland Security Memo...

Happy Wednesday! It's Tax Day -- a busy day for folks at the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service. If you need to find a Post Office open late in your area check here. Many Americans defy...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2009; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Kettl Named Dean of UMD's School of Public Policy

University of Pennsylvania political science professor Donald Kettl, a widely respected expert on government transformation, will become dean of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, demonstrating that the revolving door opened by the presidential transition extends to academia...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Summer Spies

So what did you do on your summer vacation? Later this year, 30 "highly motivated graduate students and college seniors" will be able to say they spied for the U.S. government. Kind of. The Office of the Director of National...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michelle Obama Visits Homeland Security

Michelle Obama speaks at Department of Homeland Security headquarters Tuesday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/Getty) The Washington Post's Richard Leiby was the pool reporter for today's visit to the Department of Homeland Security by first lady Michelle...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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John Berry Gets to Work

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry greets staffers on his first day of work Monday. (Photo by OPM) Office of Personnel Management staffers hoping to beat the boss to work will have to get up super-early. John Berry...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: April 14, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Here's your daily review of goings-on around the federal government: • Treasury Plans to Tap Fannie Mae Chief to Run Bailout: "The Treasury Department is moving closer to naming Fannie Mae chief executive Herbert M. Allison Jr....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2009; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GAO's Long To Do List

Facing a growing list of investigation requests from lawmakers and congressional committees, the Government Accountability Office asked Congress last month for $567.5 million for fiscal year 2010, a 6.9 percent increase over this year's budget. The watchdog agency also hopes...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Obama Marks 2,000th Stimulus-Funded Transit Project

President Obama, along with Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (right) highlight transportation projects and infrastructure jobs created by the administration's economic stimulus plan, at DOT headquarters Monday. (Photo by Michael Reynolds/Getty) By Michael D. Shear in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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WAMU Airs Audio of VA Incident

Washington public radio station WAMU this morning aired audio of an exchange that took place last Tuesday night between one of its reporters and a VA Hospital public affairs officer that resulted in the confiscation of the reporter's recording equipment....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Eye Opener: The Case for Waste

Happy Monday! Here's hoping your holiday weekend went well. It continues for many today at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will read to youngsters from the Storytime Stage, while musicians Fergie, Ziggy Marley,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VA's Shinseki Orders 'Top to Bottom' Review Following Incident With Radio Reporter

The Department of Veterans Affairs tomorrow will begin a "top to bottom" review of last week's incident involving a WAMU radio reporter and staffers at the VA Hospital in Washington. Officials will investigate the actions taken by security guards and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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