Archive: June 2009

Eye Opener: Does Holocaust Shooting Validate Homeland Security Report?

A security guard cries outside the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday following a deadly shooting. (Post) Happy Thursday! Did that controversial Homeland Security report on right-wing extremists (pdf) get it right? Several bloggers, commentators and news reports suggest it...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 11, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (34)

Senators Press State Dept. on Embassy Security

Lawmakers grilled representatives of the State Department and a private security firm today on the details and administration of a contract to provide protective services at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, suggesting that the company’s deficiencies in the past...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 10, 2009; 9:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Zients Gives the Public Sector Some Love

Addressing concerns that he lacks familiarity with the public sector, President Obama's nominee to serve as the nation's first chief performance officer acknowledged today that his business background has not blessed him with all the solutions necessary to tweak government...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 10, 2009; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Many Obama Donor$ Headed to U.S. Emba$$ie$

Fresh from a European vacation, Al Kamen is back at it today with a column on the fact that President Obama has been naming campaign donors to desirable ambassadorships in some of the most important and sensitive overseas posts. "Despite...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 10, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Speed Bumps for Govt's Hybrid Vehicle Buys?

Hybrid vehicles similar to this Toyota may soon find their way to the parking lots of federal agencies. (Getty Images) Updated 12:42 p.m. ET The General Services Administration this week ordered roughly 14,100 fuel-efficient vehicles from the (big?) three U.S....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 10, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Different Recovery Web Sites

Updated 12:47 p.m. ET Happy Wednesday! Earlier this week the White House launched WhiteHouse.gov/recovery earlier this week, not to be confused with Recovery.gov, Recovery.org, StimulusWatch.org or any other stimulus-tracking site. The big difference between the White House page and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 10, 2009; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Contracting Abuse at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan?

A Senate panel will hold a hearing tomorrow to review allegations of contracting abuse by a firm hired in 2007 to provide security at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lawmakers are expected to focus on several concerns, including the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 9, 2009; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Smithsonian Helps With Bird Strike Investigation

As the National Transportation Safety Board holds a hearing today to discuss an aircraft's ability to withstand bird strikes, they received some crucial information from the fair-feathered investigators at the Smithsonian National Zoo. NTSB officials will discuss how to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 9, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: More Census Woes

Happy Tuesday! In the words of the New York Times editorial board today, "Welcome once again to the one-step forward, two-steps backward world of the 2010 census." It hasn't been a very good few days for the folks charged...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 9, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

House Clears New IG Independence Bill

House lawmakers have approved a measure granting greater independence to watchdogs at five federal agencies managing financial and commodities markets. The bill affects inspectors general at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 8, 2009; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Talking Paid Parental Leave...

The Eye called into KPCC's "AirTalk" program earlier today to discuss the House's passage of Paid Parental Leave legislation. Listen here. "AirTalk" airs late mornings on the Los Angeles NPR affiliate....

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 8, 2009; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cabinet's Stimulus To-Do List

President Obama and Vice President Biden issued new marching orders to Cabinet secretaries earlier today as part of the administration's kickoff to the next 100 days of the economic stimulus program. As our colleague Michael A. Fletcher reports, during the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 8, 2009; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

FY-Eye: The Flow-Chart Fallacy

Partnership for Public Service CEO Max Stier writes on the op-ed pages of The Post today in response to the news that the Obama administration is considering a reorganization of the government's financial regulatory and food safety agencies. Mighty Max...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eye Opener: Tension for Obama's Economic Team

Happy Monday! It seems Larry Summers has shepherded in an era of awkward feelings among the president's economic advisers. The best turf war stories always begin with an anecdote, don't they? Today's example comes courtesy of Jackie Calmes at...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 8, 2009; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2009; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (4)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2009; 6:02 AM ET | Comments (11)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 4, 2009; 5:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 4, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (9)

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

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 3, 2009; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 3, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 3, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 2, 2009; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 2, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 2, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 1, 2009; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

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 washingtonpost.com Editors | June 1, 2009; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

 
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