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Federal Eye: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 8, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 8, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 7, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Administration  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye On..., Video Report  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 7, 2009; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2009; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 4, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 4, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Public Service  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 4, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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