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Federal Eye: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

FY-Eye: Inside the Bureaucratic Jungle

A new study reveals that 90 percent of college students working with career counselors have expressed an interest in federal careers or internships, a jump thanks in part to the election of President Obama. Permit The Eye to recommend a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 1, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gold Star: Dr. Richard Besser

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser (center) briefing reporters earlier this week at the White House. (Photo by Bloomberg) This week's "attaboy" goes to Dr. Richard Besser, the acting director of the Centers for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gold Star  
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DHS Issues 'Interim' Swine Flu Guidelines

A Customs and Border Protection agent wears a protective mask while interviewing the driver of vehicle entering the United States at the San Ysidro Border Crossing in San Diego on Monday. (Photo by AP) Updated 12:31 p.m. ET The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 1, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Flooding the Swine Flu Zone

Happy Friday! The Obama administration seems to have ably "flooded the zone" this week as virtually every federal agency has found away to get in on the swine/H1N1 flu action. Indeed the administration has drawn on almost every cabinet...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 1, 2009; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Senate Bill Targets Administrative Costs

Two senators have introduced legislation today that targets the growing administrative and overhead costs at federal agencies. The measure would require federal agencies to start listing administrative and overhead costs with budget requests and calls for an 11 percent cut...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 30, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Tammy Duckworth Gets to Work

VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth speaks Tuesday at George Washington University. (Photo courtesy of VA) It's Day 101 for President Obama, but it's only day four for Tammy Duckworth, one of the administration's most visible faces on veterans issues....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 30, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Eye Opener: Earl Devaney Speaks Out

Happy Thursday! The Eye got a rare look inside the new offices of the Recovery Act and Transparency Board on Wednesday, visiting newly acquired digs for Earl Devaney and his growing staff. He has $84 million at his disposal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 30, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Stimulus Oversight Chief Wants Your Ideas

A vocal cross-section of technology experts, academics, good government groups and federal employees weighed in this week on the future of Recovery.gov, the Obama administration’s Web site that officials promise will eventually track every single dollar of the federal stimulus....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 29, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Oversight  
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'Facebook for Feds' Hits 10,000 Members

GovLoop.com, the social networking site for public sector employees crossed the 10,000-member milestone this week, less than a year from its launch. The site lags far, far, far behind social media superstars Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, but it serves as...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 29, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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Eye Opener: Thank You Google

Happy Wednesday! The Eye is ecstatic today that Google has launched a new search tool designed to help Web users more easily find public data often buried in hard-to-navigate government Web sites. "The tool, called Google Public Data, is...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 29, 2009; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NASA Shuttle Retirement Postponed ... Maybe

NASA's Congressional supporters appear to have bought some time in their efforts to ease the Space Shuttle program's hard retirement date, as the House and Senate conference agreement on the budget resolution reached this week would fund Shuttle missions beyond...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 28, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ex-Census Director Prewitt Coming Back After All

Updated 5:07 p.m. ET Former Census director Ken Prewitt will soon join the Commerce Department as an adviser to Secretary Gary Locke on census matters and as part of a team of experts that will deliver recommendations later this year...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Eye Opener: Swine Flu Guide for Federal Workers

Women wearing surgical masks to avoid swine flu pray in the Zocalo Plaza in Mexico City on Sunday. (Photo by AP) Happy Tuesday! The concern and intrigue surrounding a potential swine flu pandemic continues around the world and here...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 28, 2009; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gender Pay Gap in Federal Workforce Narrows

The pay gap between male and female federal government employees has closed significantly in the last 20 years as workers have become more alike in education, experience, and the occupations they hold, according to a report to be released today...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 28, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Recovery.gov Ideas Forum Launches

The Obama administration launched a seven-day "high tech roundtable" today to solicit ideas from IT professionals, government contractors, federal employees and other concerned citizens with ideas on how to build and operate Recovery.gov, the economic stimulus-tracking Web site. TheNationalDialogue.org...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What Would You Do?  
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Census 2010: Bureau Briefly Locked Down

By The Post's Keith L. Alexander: Security officers at the U.S. Census Bureau's office on Silver Hill Road in Suitland placed the facility on lockdown for about an hour this morning after a carjacking suspect allegedly jumped a security fence...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Swine Flu Exposes HHS Vacancies

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Richard Besser, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs brief reporters on Swine Flu preparations on Sunday....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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FY-Eye: Golden Years With the Peace Corps

"Triumph and Hope: Golden Years With the Peace Corps in Honduras" by Barbara E. Joe (Courtesy of Barbara E. Joe) Applications to the nation's various service corps have climbed in the last year, thanks in part to the economic...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Stuffing Obama's Suggestion Box

President Obama enjoyed a round of golf Sunday at a golf course near Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He played with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty) Happy Monday! Recovery.gov...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Post Politics Program: LaHood, Bradlee, Woodward

Another jam-packed episode of "The Post Politics Program" aired this weekend: Clips of Lois Romano's newsmaking interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward's reflections on the first 100 days of the Kennedy, Nixon and Ford...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Politics Program  
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