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Federal Eye: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Post Politics Program: Valerie Jarrett, Jeff Sessions

This week on "The Post Politics Program with Ed O'Keefe and Emily Kotecki": An interview with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who spoke this week with The Post's Philip Rucker. Finally: The Post's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 5, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Couple Charged With Spying for Cuba

Wow. As reported by The Post's Del Quentin Wilber and Mary Beth Sheridan: A former State Department official and his wife have been charged with spying for Cuba for nearly three decades, federal prosecutors said today. Prosecutors said Walter Kendall...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 5, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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GOP Holding Up Census Nominee

Robert M. Groves will have to wait a little longer to take the reins at the U.S. Census Bureau: Senate Republicans have placed a hold on his nomination, delaying his confirmation with less than six months before the 2010 Census...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 5, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Census, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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New Independence for Five Watchdogs?

The House is expected to vote next week on a proposal granting greater independence to watchdogs at the nation's five federal agencies managing financial and commodities markets. Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) introduced the bill, which would elevate the IG...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: Paid Parental Leave Clears the House

Happy Friday! Federal employees are one step closer to getting four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child as House lawmakers approved the long-sought measure last night mostly along party lines. "As the nation’s...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 5, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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More Storm Clouds for FAA and Weather Service?

FAA air traffic controllers may soon lose face-to-face contact with National Weather Service forecasters in an effort to update an arrangement that officials believe needs to be updated. Updated 8:51 p.m. ET By Ed O'Keefe and Steve Vogel The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 4, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Turf War  
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Grassley Complains of Library of Congress Interference

The inside of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress (Photo by Michaela McNichol/Post) Updated 2:25 p.m. ET Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) charged today that top officials at the Library of Congress have interfered with investigations conducted...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 4, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: Tweaks to Paid Parental Leave?

Happy Thursday! The House will vote either today or tomorrow on granting federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, but it won't happen without at least one more attempt to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Web Searches for National Parks Soar

Yesterday, The Eye reported the National Park Service plans to waive park entrance fees three weekends this summer. This move comes on the heels of growing interest in the system, according to the folks at Yahoo!, who send notice that...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Miscellaneous  
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Paid Parental Leave Gets Obama's Blessing

Updated 5:16 p.m. ET Supporters of paid parental leave for federal employees just picked up some big (though not unexpected) support from the White House. The Office of Management and Budget issued the following statement: Being able to spend time...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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FEMA Chief Wants Greater Public Role in Preparing for Disasters

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Tuesday that he will devote considerable efforts to boosting citizen participation in disaster preparedness, a shift from previous emergency management perceptions of the general public as a liability. Part of those efforts, he said, should...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: The Cabinet's Roadtrip Continues

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks with National Park employees at Cuyahoga National Park on Tuesday as part of the Obama administration's week-long tour of Midwestern communities hurt by the economic downturn. (AP) Happy Wednesday! The Cabinet's Excellent Midwest Adventures...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2009; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Livermore Lab Loses Laptops

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. (Photo by AP) The federal government has managed to (at least temporarily) misplace more laptops, according to the Energy Department's internal watchdogs. An inventory review at California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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National Park Service Waives Some Park Fees

There will be no entrance fees at national parks including Yellowstone National Park on three weekends this summer. (Post) Always wanted to visit Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon? This summer you can do so for free. The National Park...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video Explains Opposition to Paid Parental Leave

On the same day The Eye reports in The Post about a full plate of Congressional measures important to federal workers, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has released a web video explaining his opposition to The Federal Employees Paid Parental...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: The Cabinet's Midwest Road Trip

Secretaries Solis, Locke, Chu, Salazar and Vilsack visit Midwest states today to tout the goodness of the administration's economic recovery plan. (AP, Bloomberg, Getty, Post) Happy Tuesday! Eight cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials are slated to make a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Face Masks To Be Allowed for TSA?

TSA officers like this one (left) might soon don protective face masks at airport security checkpoints. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu / Post) Do not be alarmed if one day soon you see TSA officers wearing face masks at airport...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Breathe Easier: Anti-Anthrax Product Approved

A new anthrax pesticide may help avoid scenes like this one in the future. This should make federal employees breathe easier: the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first license for a pesticide product that can decontaminate buildings, vehicles and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Geithner Goes Back to College

Happy Monday! Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner went back to school today, visiting Peking University in Beijing as part of his tour of China. "I first came to China, and to Peking University, in the summer of 1981 as a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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