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Federal Eye: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Post Politics Program: Balz, Kessler, Romano

On this weekend's "Post Politics Program": Dan Balz on the political fallout from Gov. Mark Sanford's (R-S.C.) extramarital affair. Glenn Kessler evaluates President Obama's sharpened tone on Iran Lois Romano on Michelle Obama's expanding role. "The Post Politics Program"...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Politics Program  
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NTSB Chair Nominee Gets High-Profile Tryout

National Transportation Safety Board Member Debbie Hersman. National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman had some high-profile exposure this week ahead of an anticipated Senate confirmation hearing on her nomination to head the agency. As the NTSB board member...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 26, 2009; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Gold Star  
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Eye Opener: June 26, 2009

Happy Friday! The Eye is driving home to Upstate New York today for the annual O'Keefe Family Picnic (and a small wedding shower for Almost Mrs. Eye). Our drive will be serenaded of course with the tunes of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 26, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Eye 'Unplugged'

Watch CBS Videos Online The Eye was a guest on CBSNews.com's "Washington Unplugged" webcast earlier today, along with host Nancy Cordes and fellow guest Andy Barr of Politico. We discussed the political fallout of Gov. Mark Sanford's (R-S.C.) admitted extramarital...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 25, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
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Bush Administration Got Some Sweet Foreign Swag

President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received most of the gifts given to U.S. officials by foreign dignitaries last year. What's a traditional brown farwa or a bottle of 1977 Chardonnay amongst friends? President Bush and other...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 25, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Eye Opener: Your Government is Twittering

Happy Thursday! The folks at NextGov.com have put together a great list (or what they call "The Feed") of the Twitter feeds of government agencies. The page is broken down into several categories, including business and finance, defense and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 25, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Grassley Presses Obama on Watchdogs

Updated 7:38 a.m. ET Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) this week suggested that the Obama administration is attempting to interfere with investigations conducted by government watchdogs and said he will continue to press the White House for information regarding the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 25, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Longest-Serving GPO Employee Dies

Virginia Saunders, 82, the Government Printing Office's longest-serving employee, died last Friday in her sleep, according to the agency. The 63-year agency veteran first arrived in the District to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1945 and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 24, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Dept. of Navy Name Change Soon?

Happy Wednesday! A proposal to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of Navy and Marine Corps now has 300 cosponsors in the House, a feat rarely achieved by any piece of legislation. Less than ten of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Video: Show and Tell With New U.S. Border Czar

By Travis Fox and William Booth in The Post's new blog Mexico at War: NOGALES, Arizona -- The newly appointed border czar Alan Bersin landed at the Mariposa Port of Entry here in a Black Hawk helicopter owned by...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report  
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OMB Updates Stimulus Reporting Guidelines

Recipients of federal economic stimulus aid will soon have to start reporting all the details to a federal Web site. (Photo by Post) The White House has launched a new Web site designed to assure that state governments and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Video: Bringing Down the Schoolhouse

Just wanted to make sure you saw this neat video of workers dismantling the (almost iconic?) red schoolhouse outside Department of Education headquarters in Washington. As The Post's education reporter Maria Glod reports today, "The Obama administration has made...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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After Metro Crash, OPM Encourages Teleworking

The deadly Metro crash will make today's Washington-are commute a challenge. (Photo by Hans Charles/Post) The Office of Personnel Management has strongly urged federal managers to allow employees to telework from home today to avoid delays on Metro following...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Smaller vs. Bigger Gov't

Happy Tuesday! The new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests Americans still have a generally favorable opinion of President Obama even as confidence slips in his economic stimulus plans. They also still want a smaller government. Barely half of Americans are...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  
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A Request for Rail Safety

Updated 7:26 p.m. As Washington-area emergency officials respond to this afternoon's Metro crash in Northeast Washington, an e-mail calling attention to train safety issues arrived a short time ago in The Eye's inbox: "CHAIRMAN ROCKEFELLER AND SENATOR BOXER REQUEST RAIL...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 22, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress  
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United They Serve

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki spent part of his Monday driving veterans to their appointments at VA medical centers. (Photo courtesy Dept. of Veterans Affairs The White House today is once again dispatching Cabinet secretaries and other senior...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 22, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Public Service  
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Eye Opener: The IG Saga Continues...

Happy Monday! Sen. Charles E. Grassley's recent inquiries into possible interference with the investigations of government watchdogs spread from the bookshelves to the rails, as he asked the new acting inspector general of Amtrak on late Friday to follow...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 22, 2009; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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