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Federal Eye: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

More on the Homeland Security Extremist Report

Following up on yesterday's post that noted many saying the Holocaust Museum shootings vindicate a Homeland Security intelligence analysis on right-wing extremism (pdf), let's review two recent thought-provoking analyses on the issue. (Make sure to also peruse the comments left...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 12, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Notice Anything Different?!

Thanks to The Post's hard-charging tech and programming staffs, we've made a few tweaks to The Federal Eye in the past few days. You may new links below the top banner to The Eye's biography, Twitter feed, Facebook profile and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About the Blog  
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Eye Opener: DTV Is Here!

Will these televisions work after today's digital television conversion? Happy Friday! It's DTV Day, when Grandma may finally kick that old television to the curb as it becomes technologically obsolete. Though it's an important day for the television industry,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 12, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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AFGE Endorses Creigh Deeds for Va. Governor

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Va.) gestures as he accepts the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor on June 9, 2009. (Photo by AP) The American Federation of Government Employees has endorsed Democrat R. Creigh Deeds for Virginia governor, providing...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Miscellaneous, Workplace Issues  
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Energy Dept. Employee Runs Up Hefty Phone Bill

An Energy Department employee and ten family members rung up approximately $19,000 in service charges on government-issued cellphones between March 2006 and August 2008, according to recent court filings. Alva Yelverton, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Senators Press State Dept. on Embassy Security

CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly reported that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) agreed with the State Department's decision to renew a contract with ArmorGroup North America to provide security services to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan despite reservations about the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2009; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Contracting, Oversight  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Tracking the Stimulus  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Contracting  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Census, Eye Opener  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2009; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About the Blog, Workplace Issues  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Tracking the Stimulus  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FY-Eye, Public Service  
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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 Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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