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Federal Eye: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Eye Opener: More Obama Nominees Named

Happy Friday! The Senate will likely finally confirm Robert Groves as Census director on Monday, according to Senate sources. Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to ask the Senate for cloture today, then schedule a formal vote on Monday....

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 10, 2009; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Adm. Mike Mullen on Wartime Leadership

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently spoke with one of The Post's Pentagon reporter Ann Scott Tyson for our recurring On Leadership video series. In the clip above, Mullen discusses how wartime leadership...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 9, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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FY-Eye: When to Quit Government Work

Former defense secretary Robert McNamara and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) "The Dean" David Broder writes today about the recent death of former defense secretary Robert McNamara and Sarah Palin's surprise resignation. He uses both departures to discuss when...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 9, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FY-Eye, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: TSA Collective Bargaining Rights

Transportation security officers could soon earn collective bargaining rights if Congress approves pending legislation. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images) Happy Thursday! House lawmakers begin consideration of a bill today that gives Transportation Security Administration employees the same collective bargaining...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 9, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GAO: Federal Protective Service 'In Crisis'

Government investigators said today it cost roughly $150 and took only four minutes to construct small bombs from materials they carried into high-security federal buildings that house major agencies with national security or law enforcement responsibilities. Preliminary findings of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 8, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: Economic Stimulus Progress Report

The most visible sign of the economic stimulus progress? Road signs. (Photo by Post) Happy Wednesday! It appears that a good chunk of economic stimulus funding is going right into the nation's roads, according to a GAO update set...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 8, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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GAO: Major Security Flaws at Federal Buildings

The police agency in charge of protecting thousands of federal buildings nationwide has failed to keep bomb-making materials out of several high-security facilities in the past year, according to Congressional testimony provided by Senate aides. In the past year, investigators...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Administration Urged to Boost Food Safety Efforts

The Obama administration today received recommendations for improving food safety that emphasize prevention, enforcement and improving the government's response time to food safety outbreaks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Authority for Food Safety Shared Among Agencies

Updated 3:22 p.m. ET The Obama administration unveiled new food safety standards today, aimed at reducing recent outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli and other foodborne diseases. Currently 15 federal agencies and departments claim at least some responsibility for food safety...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Obama Taps More Nominees

Happy Tuesday! President Obama has tapped several more people to serve in various government roles at the departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, Interior, Labor, Transportation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Obama named John Fernandez his assistant secretary of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Revolving Door  
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Rising to Honor Federal Employees

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) was appointed to replace Vice President Biden in the U.S. Senate, having once served as chief of staff to Delaware's former senior senator. A veteran federal employee himself, Kaufman has decided to give Senate floor...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 6, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Cabinet Today, Tomorrow and Next Week

Secretaries Napolitano, Sebelius, Locke and Chu -- all making news today, tomorrow and next week. (Photos by AP, Bloomberg, Reuters) A few developments from the Obama Cabinet, while the big boss is overseas in Russia: TODAY: • Homeland Security...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 6, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: July 6, 2009

Happy Monday! Inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies are objecting to legislation that would elevate their positions to the presidential-appointment level, arguing that the move would compromise their ability to conduct independent investigations, The Eye reports in today's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 6, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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