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Eye Opener: Your Government is Twittering

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

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 diplomacy, law enforcement, government at work and the White House.

Recent activity includes a warning from National Terror Alert Response Center that reports the U.S. embassy in Sudan reports of terror threats. The Food Safety Information Center notes that learning about food safety might be easier through a musical parody. A press release twittered by the U.S. Army's Twitter account reports that a new emphasis on safety has reduced accidental deaths in recent years.

Though many government twitter feeds merely pass on links to press releases or new web features, this page is a definite bookmark for anyone interested in tracking government affairs in real time. Kudos to NextGov to devoting the resources to such a list, which is sure to grow as more and more agencies and employees embrace the technology.

You can also follow The Eye on Twitter: Sign up to follow edatpost, which provides updates throughout the day on government, Congressional and political news, and personal musings about life and news developments.

Worth a read: Up early this morning, The Eye reports on comments made by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) about President Obama's handling of the inspectors general firings.

In other federal news...

53 Indicted in Medicare Fraud Sting: It's the latest step in a wide-ranging effort to prevent fraud that costs the federally funded health program billions of dollars each year.

Coal is Here to Stay, Says Obama’s Chief Environmental Adviser: Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, also tells Grist.org that the administration can’t promise a slowdown in mountaintop-removal mining. (Link to YouTube video of the interview.)

Groups Urge VA to Reform Disability Claim Procedures: The number of unprocessed disability claims has grown by nearly 100,000 since the beginning of the year and totaled 916,625 as of Saturday, a rise driven in part by increasing numbers of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Homeland Security's Budget Passes House: By a vote of 389 to 37. The $44 billion spending bill awards the department a 7 percent budget increase, with money for more border patrol agents and for anti-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.

Pay Parity Supporters Push for 3.4 % Civilian Raise: They're asking the House Appropriations Committee to give civilian federal workers the same annual pay raise a separate panel approved for the military.

House Resuscitates FERS Sick Leave Fix: Lawmakers are reviving reforms that were stripped out of the newly enacted tobacco legislation.

Federal College Aid Form to be Streamlined: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the goal is to boost college enrollment among low- and middle-income students.

Commuter-Plane Rules Loom: The FAA says it will convene a panel to draft recommendations by Sept. 1 on new rules aimed at alleviating fatigue among pilots working for such carriers.

FDA Approves Generic Version of Plan B: For now, the generic version, made by a unit of Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., is available by prescription only for women 17 years old and younger.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 25, 2009; 6:15 AM ET
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Comments

Hey Ed, if you think "The Feed" is neat, you should check out http://GovTwit.com which is the definitive directory of Government (and the business of government) on Twitter, including live tweetstreams, ability to follow IDs, search, stats and more.

Posted by: dslunceford | July 1, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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