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Federal Eye: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Eye Opener: The Eye Shuts for the 4th

Happy Friday and Happy Fourth of July! The Eye lays low over the next three days, spending time with Almost Mrs. Eye and his parents, watching Tiger Woods at his golf tournament and doing one of his absolute favorite...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 3, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gerald Walpin Documents

Federal Eye readers and sources have asked to see all of the documents obtained by The Washington Post earlier this week in regards to the dismissal of Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin. The 33 documents...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Oversight  
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U.S. Postal Service Mourns Karl Malden

The U.S. Postal Service remembers the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor, who was a longtime adviser to the agency through the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Holder to Have Surgery for Cracked Tooth

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has canceled a scheduled appearance today at the Aspen Ideas Festival due to a cracked tooth, according to Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller. The attorney general was scheduled to appear at the forum today...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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Eye Opener: GOP to Bachmann: End Census Boycott

Happy Thursday! (Even better: Happy Getaway Day!) At some point last month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she would refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household on her Census questionnaire. She argued...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener  
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Post.com General Counsel Joining FCC

Washington Post Digital Vice President and General Counsel Sherrese Smith will join the FCC as legal adviser to chairman Julius Genachowski. Smith's last day with The Washington Post Company is tomorrow. The company announced her departure in an e-mail sent...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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NFFE President Richard Brown Dies

UPDATE: 2:14 p.m. ET: Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry has replied to an e-mail requesting comment on Brown's death. Berry wrote that, "Rick was a 'Salt of the earth' guy and a giant who always defended the best...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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The Cabinet's Road Trips Go Rural

Secretaries Tom Vilsack, Arne Duncan, Hilda Solis and Ken Salazar are some of several Cabinet secretaries making roadtrips this summer. (Photos by AP and Getty) Cabinet secretaries were first dispatched earlier this year to take the temperature of middle...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration  
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Eye Opener: Obama's Cabinet Golfing Partner

President Obama steers a golf cart with his golfing partner, Vice President Joe Biden, left, as they finish 18 holes at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club together on Father's Day, June 21. (AP) Happy Wednesday! As Americans prepare to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Documents Detail Case for Walpin's Dismissal

Documents delivered to lawmakers this week expose a frequently confrontational and petty relationship over the past several years between officials at the Corporation for National and Community Service and the group's inspector general, Gerald Walpin. President Obama fired the Bush...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Census Vets Tapped for New Advisory Board

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has tapped three Census Bureau veterans to serve as part-time advisers on operational, management and contracting issues while President Obama's nominee to serve as Census director awaits a full Senate confirmation vote. The trio includes Dr....

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Census  
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Eye Opener: House Joins Amtrak IG Probe

Congress is investigating the sudden retirement of Amtrak's inspector general. (Reuters) Updated 1 p.m. ET Happy Tuesday! House lawmakers have jumped on the bandwagon -- or perhaps the rail car -- by launching a probe into the sudden retirement...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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Gay Pride at the White House: The Guest List

President Obama at today's White House meeting with gay rights activists. (AP Photo) President Obama hosted hundreds of gay rights leaders and activists at the White House earlier today, marking the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 29, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration  
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Eye Opener: Apology for Frank Kameny

Happy Monday! President Obama meets with 250 gay rights activists today in the East Room of the White House to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of the gay rights movement. The Obama administration took another step to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 29, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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