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Federal Eye: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 29, 2009; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 28, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 27, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tracking the Stimulus  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 27, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 26, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Public Service, Revolving Door  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 26, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 26, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 26, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 24, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | May 24, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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