Archive: May 2009

It Pays (More) (Soon?) to Work on Sundays

Five part-time meteorologists with the National Weather Service should receive a premium rate of normal pay hours for working on Sundays, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled this week. The case boils down to the definition...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 29, 2009; 5:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cabinet Secretaries Visit Purple States Next Week

Continuing their dual roles as agency heads and loyal surrogates, several cabinet secretaries and senior officials next week will visit four Midwest states hit hard by the auto industry's collapse. But they're also visiting four states considered "purple" during last...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 28, 2009; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Intelligence Turf War

Happy Thursday! The Eye loves a good turf war and it appears there's a big one brewing in the intelligence community, coupled with big changes coming to the Homeland Security and anti-terror efforts that will likely cause ruffled feathers...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Stimulus Package Hits Close to Home. Literally.

View Larger Map How's this for "beyond the Beltway" experience: Skimming through the new White House 100-days progress report on the economic stimulus package, I noticed that the massive jobs and recovery project has directly impacted my hometown of Delmar,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 27, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cabinet Marks 100 Days of Stimulus

Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the 100 days of stimulus festivities in Denver yesterday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Following the reams of analysis and reflection on the first 100 days of the Obama administration, today the White House hopes...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 27, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: The Government Needs a Slogan

Happy Wednesday! The federal government must quickly address the impending brain drain stemming from anticipated retirements and should re-brand itself as the nation's premier employer, according to a new study (or sales pitch cloaked in academic jargon) set for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama National Service Pick Bows Out

By Dan Eggen in The Post's 44 blog: The White House pick to head the federal government's national service agency has withdrawn her nomination for unspecified health reasons, becoming the latest in a series of candidates to bow out of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 26, 2009; 5:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Interior Dept. Bungles Passport Records

The Interior Department’s inspector general has found widespread mishandling and tracking of highly valuable passports issued to department officials traveling overseas, alleging that in numerous instances employees violated federal privacy laws. Several expired passports could not be accounted for and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 26, 2009; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (6)

Congress Ponders a New Climate Agency

By Andrew Freedman of The Post's Capital Weather Gang: A significant shakeup may soon take place within the federal government's weather and climate programs, as the House Science and Technology Committee is scheduled to consider legislation on June 3 that...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 26, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Getting Out of Town

Happy Tuesday! The three-day weekend is over for most Americans, but Washington is set to experience one of those slower, mostly uneventful four-day weeks when it seems leaders, lawmakers and most of the news is everywhere else and everyone's...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 26, 2009; 5:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Geithner Dismisses GOP Socialism Charge as 'Ridiculous'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admits private investors are worried about investing in new government-backed commercial mortgage securities and dismisses as "ridiculous" a recent Republican National Committee resolution stating that Democratic policies bordered on socialism. "There's still a bit of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 24, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (93)

State Dept. Plan Would Extend Benefits to Same Sex Partners

By Glenn Kessler in The Post's 44 blog: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that the partners of gay U.S. diplomats are eligible for many benefits currently denied them and allowed to spouses of heterosexual diplomats, according...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 24, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Post Politics Program: Salazar, Vilsack, 'Best Places to Work'

This weekend on the Memorial Day Weekend of "The Post Politics Program": Lois Romano's recent interviews with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Plus: Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service explains this year's Best...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

National Parks Gun Law Takes Effect in February

A new law permitting concealed loaded firearms at National Parks will not take effect until February and the Interior Department will continue to enforce Reagan-era restrictions until then, a spokeswoman said today. "Under the current regulation, firearms are generally prohibited,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (40)

Spotted: Kathleen Sebelius and Elmo

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with Sesame Street character Elmo at HHS headquarters on Friday. The Obama administration has recruited yet another Sesame Street character to help push a policy initiative, this time new efforts to raise...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hubble Repair Mission Widens NASA Policy Rift

Here's another great example of the headquarters vs. regional office dynamic, as reported by The Post's Joel Achenbach: NASA's triumphant mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope this week has cracked open a policy rift within the space agency, with...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best Places to Work: HQ vs. Regional Offices

It's certainly true of journalists and in all types of other professions, but this week's Best Places to Work data definitely confirms that some federal employees much prefer toiling in the field rather than working at headquarters. Take EPA for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Maggie Simpson Wins Stamp Poll

The youngest member of the Simpson Family won the postage stamp popularity contest. (Courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service It's the Friday of a three-day holiday weekend, so what the heck: Maggie Simpson, the all-but mute member of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2009; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

NOAA Releases 2009 Hurricane Outlook

Government forecasters predict a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with one to three major storms reaching as high as category five strength and as many as 14 named tropical storms. Despite the predictions, administration officials warned Americans to prepare now...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 21, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (6)

Eye Opener: More Postal Woes

Happy Thursday! As if it wasn't bad enough for the U.S. Postal Service, rising gas prices could be its next big challenge. "Low fuel prices have been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise gloomy year for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 21, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eye On the Panda Staff

So far The Eye has profiled government meteorologists, Customs and Border Protection officers, the National Mall's grounds crew and one of the government's most skilled printers. Today we meet some of the National Zoo staffers who have spent the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 21, 2009; 5:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Spotted: Duckworth Formally Sworn In

VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth was sworn in Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Photo by VA Dept.) She's been on the job since late April, but Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth returned to an important spot...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2009; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

House Passes National Parks Gun Bill

The House voted today 279 to 147 in favor of a bill permitting visitors to carry concealed loaded firearms into National Parks and wildlife refuges. The Senate passed the same measures yesterday after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) attached the gun...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Orszag Warns Poor Performing Agencies

The Obama administration will keep close tabs on agencies that performed poorly in this year's Best Places to Work survey, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag warned today. Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag (Photo by...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmakers Tracking Loss of Clinton-Era Data

The acting director of the National Archives and Records Administration will not appear tomorrow before a House subcommittee to explain the possible theft of a hard drive with one terabyte's worth of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, according to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Eye Opener: Best Places to Work 2009

Happy Wednesday! The eagerly anticipated Best Places to Work 2009 survey has landed and for the second consecutive time, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency tops the list, closely followed by the Government Accountability Office, NASA and the State Department. Down...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2009; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Senate Votes to Allow Guns at National Parks

Updated 5:54 p.m. ET The Senate passed a measure today that would allow visitors to carry concealed loaded firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges, approving a bill that could restore a Bush-era policy rejected by a federal judge in...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 19, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (57)

Stimulus Assistance Bill Passes House

State and local governments may soon get some relief in tracking and distributing federal economic stimulus dollars now that the House has passed a bill granting permission to use more of the funding for oversight purposes. The proposal, sponsored by...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 19, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

DHS Rebuffed by NOAA on Hurricane Modification

Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina as it approaches the Gulf Coast on Aug. 28, 2005. Courtesy NOAA. By Steve Tracton of The Post's Capital Weather Gang blog: The field of hurricane modification research has been largely silent since 1983,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 19, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voices of Power: Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar and Barack Obama both arrived at the U.S. Senate in 2004, the only Democrats to win Senate elections that year. The two later lived in the same building and the Colorado Democrat now serves as Interior Secretary....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eye Opener: Stimulus Progress Reports Are In

Happy Tuesday! It's been 91 days since the economic stimulus package became law, which means each government department or agency receiving recovery act funding has submitted their first detailed report on what they plan to do with the money....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 19, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Postal Service Expects Steeper Declines

The U.S. Postal Service has cut 25,000 jobs this year and mail volume will continue to drop into 2010 as it struggles to break even and return to profitability, Postmaster General John E. Potter warned today. The bleak outlook comes...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 18, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (32)

Eye Opener: Geithner Needs Help!

Happy Monday! You saw this coming: The Post's David Cho reports today that "Government officials, inside the Treasury and out, say the unresolved issues are piling up in part because of vacancies in the department's top ranks. But some...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 18, 2009; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Post Politics Program: Obama's Commencement Addresses, Post's Connolly, Slevin and Hsu

This week on "The Post Politics Program": The Post's Peter Slevin on the controversial reception President Obama has received at commencement addresses. Ceci Connolly discusses the latest news in health care reform, and Spencer Hsu reports on the White...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 17, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spotted: Chu Marks Bike to Work Day

Energy Secretary Stephen Chu arrives on his bicycle to attend a 'Bike to Work Day' event at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on Friday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined other D.C.-area bikers in marking...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 15, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another Reason Teleworking Works

Administration officials regularly use buzzwords and talking points whenever they make public appearances, in an effort to drive home the message of the day or the president's priorities. These days, most Cabinet secretaries manage to reference the goodness of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 15, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nominee Promises Politics-Free Census

President Obama's nominee to serve as director of the U.S. Census Bureau ruled out the use of statistical adjustments in next year's Census and said he would resign in the face of potential political influence. Robert Groves, President Obama's nominee...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 15, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Eye Opener: Gates: 'I Don't Enjoy My Job'

Happy Friday! Defense Secretary Robert Gates demonstrates refreshing candor in a rare television interview airing on Sunday's "60 Minutes." Katie Couric joined the secretary on his recent travels to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan for what's billed as the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Lawmakers Blast DHS Swine Flu Policy

Lawmakers blasted the Department of Homeland Security today for not formalizing the use of protective face masks by employees working along the U.S.-Mexico border during the recent swine flu outbreak, suggesting the department has placed bureaucratic considerations ahead of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 14, 2009; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Old Faithful Incident Broadcasts Controversy

Two men are seen trespassing at Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park on May 4 in this image taken from a National Park Service Web cam. (Photo courtesy of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) The National Park Service...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 14, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Eye Opener: Clinton Now Believes in Change

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at New York University graduation ceremonies on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo by Mike Segar) Happy Thursday! One year ago tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the West Virginia primary and suggested her victory was a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 14, 2009; 5:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Spotted: LaHood Makes Waves in NYC

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaking Wednesday in New York City. (Courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Transportation) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made waves of all sorts in New York City today, presenting awards to volunteers that helped save passengers aboard...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Theater Boss Tapped for NEA

Nathan Lane, (left), and Matthew Broderick, (right), star in "The Producers," a Broadway production once backed by Obama's nominee to lead the National Endowment for the Arts. (Photo by WNET- Paul Kolnik) By The Post's Jacqueline Trescott: The White...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Senate GOP Blocks Obama Interior Nominee

By Paul Kane in Capitol Briefing: Updated, 1:10 p.m. ET: At a press conference after the vote, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) vowed to bring the nomination back to the floor next week when all Democrats would be...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

OMB Issues New Stimulus Guidelines for States

Updated 3:18 p.m. ET The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will allow states to use a small fraction of the economic stimulus funding they receive for oversight or auditing purposes, a decision sought by several states facing serious financial...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cabinet Commences Commencement Addresses

President Obama will make his first of three commencement addresses today at Arizona State University, with a (controversial) appearance scheduled for Sunday at Notre Dame University and another speech at the Naval Academy on May 22. Several Cabinet secretaries,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Federal Spending Saves D.C.

Happy Wednesday! The Post 200 hits newsstands and the Web today, our annual review of the Washington region's business climate. And (shocker!) it turns out that federal spending has once again saved the economy of our Federal City: "The...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 13, 2009; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Wants Healthier Federal Employees

It might be time for more federal employees to take up basketball like the exerciser-in-chief has been known to do. (AP File Photo by Jae C. Hong) Updated 1:03 p.m. ET You know the saying that if you want...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 12, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (9)

Vitter Lifts Objections to FEMA Nominee

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has lifted his hold on the nomination of Craig Fugate to serve as the next FEMA director, ending a holdup criticized by the White House, Senate Democrats and some of Vitter's Republican colleagues as an unnecessary...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 12, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (6)

NASA's Mission to Repair Hubble

The Washington Post's NASA reporter Joel Achenbach reports this week from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. "Almost overlooked in the hoopla over Monday's launch of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 12, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Mid-Level Nominees Get Hearings

Happy Tuesday! If you need proof that the presidential transition is nowhere near over, consider today's Senate committee schedule, which is packed with confirmation hearings for mid-level political appointees: Veterans Affairs votes on the assistant secretary nominations of Roger...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video Attacks David Vitter for FEMA Holdup

The FEMA flareup between Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Democrats continues today as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a Web-only video attacking the lawmaker's continued opposition to Craig Fugate, President Obama's nominee to serve as director of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 11, 2009; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Census Nominee Would Resign to Avoid Politics

President Obama's nominee to serve as Census director said he would rather resign than permit politics to interfere with the census, according to written responses to questions submitted by lawmakers in advance of his confirmation hearing. Asked about potential political...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 11, 2009; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Census Nominee's Hearing Moved Yet Again

Maybe the third time's a charm. Senators have once again postponed the confirmation hearing for Robert Groves, President Obama's choice to serve as Census Bureau director. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had originally scheduled the hearing for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 11, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: May 11, 2009

You know, it's been a whirlwind of activity these first hundred days. We've enacted a major economic recovery package, we passed a budget, we forged a new path in Iraq, and no President in history has ever named three Commerce...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Census Hiring Slows Job Losses, Kind of

The unemployment figures released today show 539,000 jobs lost in April, slightly less than the 600,000 expected by analysts. As The Post's Annys Shin and Scott Wilson report, the private sector loss was offset somewhat by the addition of 72,000...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 8, 2009; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Statue of Liberty Crown to Reopen July 4th

Visitors can get inside the Statue of Liberty's head starting July 4. (Photo by Reuters) Updated 4:20 p.m. ET The Statue of Liberty's crown will reopen to the general public on July 4, the first time since before the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 8, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (11)

Eye Opener: May 8, 2009

Happy Friday! Official Washington today continues to digest President Obama's proposed budget and it seems almost no one is impressed by the $17 billion in savings. As Dan Balz writes today, "By themselves, the proposals are too small to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama's Budget: What's Getting Cut?

By Ed O'Keefe and Steve Vogel President Obama first introduced his budget outlines in February, at which time we assessed the early winners and losers. Today we take a deeper look at some of the terminations, reductions and other cost...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 7, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (15)

Eye On the Government Printing Office

The latest "Eye On..." video profile of a federal employee comes from the Government Printing Office, which is a busy place today as it distributes and sells copies of President Obama's detailed Fiscal Year 2010 budget. The Eye recently...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Budget Day!

Happy Thursday! The president's detailed FY 2010 budget gets released today and hundreds of government programs appear headed for the chopping block. "White House budget director Peter Orszag and his deputy, Rob Nabors, laid out 121 programs Mr. Obama...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 7, 2009; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pentagon Plans 20,000 New Jobs

From Reuters: President Barack Obama's Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new government jobs to help revamp the way it buys more than $100 billion of weapons each year, the Pentagon's No. 2 official told Congress. The Pentagon also plans...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 6, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Postal Service Delivers $1.9 B Quarterly Loss

The U.S. Postal Service ended its second quarter with a $1.9 billion net loss thanks to the national economic contraction and increased use of faster, cheaper alternatives to traditional mail. Despite deep cuts in costs and work hours, the service...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 6, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Eye Opener: Paid Parental Leave Considered

Happy Wednesday! The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled today to consider the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, a measure that would allow federal employees to take up to four weeks of paid leave for the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Big Federal Job Fair Thursday

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) will host a job fair this week in Ashburn, Va. At least 53 federal agencies and departments plan to send recruiters to speak with potential job applicants, who can apply for positions ranging from blue collar...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ranking Agency Transparency

In an age when transparency is all the rage, a new report should catch some attention: George Mason University's Mercatus Center today released the findings of its 10th annual evaluation of the strategic plans and annual performance reports that federal...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Fills CPSC Posts

President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission today and announced plans to expand the size of the safety panel from three commissioners to five later this summer. The president also asked Congress for $107 million for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Ex-Journalists Now Working for Obama

Updated 3:05 p.m. ET CNN Senior Producer Sasha Johnson announced Monday she's leaving journalism to serve as press secretary at the Department of Transportation, meaning yet another member of the Fourth Estate has left to join the Obama administration. Former...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Eye Opener: May 5, 2009

Happy Tuesday! The Eye is still recovering from witnessing last night's Washington Capitals victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in person. And Alex Ovechkin's first playoff hat trick. More in The Post's Capitals Insider blog or at the HomerMcFanBoy blog,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2009; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ex-Contractor Gets 18 Mos. for GAO Theft

By The Post's Del Quentin Wilber: A former contract worker was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for stealing at least 89 laptop computers and other equipment worth about $175,000 from the Government Accountability Office, prosecutors said. U.S....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 4, 2009; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrating Public Service

Today is the start of Public Service Recognition Week, a seven-day "thank you" to local, state and federal employees. Public servants use this week to educate the general public about their work and possibly joining the public sector. This week's...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 4, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Eye Opener: Surgeon General Dr. Gupta After All?

Happy Monday! Today marks the start of Public Service Recognition Week, seven days of recognition for local, state and federal government employees. The main events, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, take place on the National Mall. Look...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 4, 2009; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | May 1, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | May 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | May 1, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (8)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | May 1, 2009; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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