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Federal Eye: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

The Making of a Secret Service Agent

A Secret Service trainee improves his aim at the agency's James J. Rowley Training Center in Maryland. (Paul Morse/Post) "Being a Secret Service agent might be a stoic, macho job. It is also a little bit like being pregnant...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 24, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, FY-Eye, From The Pages of The Post  
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Eye Opener: Airport Security Union Fight Looms

A new Transportation Security Agency employee checks a flight attendant as she passes through a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport Aug. 6, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty) Happy Friday! The long-anticipated war between two leading federal workers unions...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Census Bureau Does More Than Count People

During his first visit to Census headquarters on Wednesday, The Eye was reminded that the bureau does much more than count U.S. residents every ten years. Thousands of bureau employees compile demographic and economic data for dozens of surveys, reports...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Census  
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Energy Dept. Facilities Wasting Energy

The Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. (Getty) You'd think the Energy Department would be good about saving on energy consumption, but a new internal audit suggests it has wasted millions of dollars on unnecessary energy costs that...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: No Firefox at Foggy Bottom

Happy Thursday! Just because a federal agency has embraced blogging, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube does not mean the rank-and-file employees have access to the latest tools at their desktop. Witness the State Department, where some employees desperately want access...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Should the Surgeon General be Slender?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget in our health blog, The Checkup: By all accounts, Regina Benjamin is a smart, accomplished person, a caring and skilled physician and a real go-getter. Yet, by all appearances, she also is overweight. Does that make...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, What Would You Do?  
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Groves Issues Warnings as He Starts Census Job

The Census Bureau's new director warned Wednesday of an impending recruitment crisis at his agency and said the world's statistical community needs to rethink how it takes surveys and polls. U.S. Census Director Robert M. Groves An estimated 45 percent...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Census  
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NASA's Charlie Bolden Gets Verklempt

Charlie Bolden likes to talk -- and he's also prone to choking up. Making his first major staff appearance as NASA administrator, Bolden spoke before agency employees Tuesday at Washington headquarters along with his deputy, Lori Garver. Over the course...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Eye Opener: IG Investigations Continue

Happy Wednesday! Investigations into the dismissals of inspectors general continue, as House investigators announced Tuesday they plan to launch a new probe into the firing of the watchdog at the International Trade Commission. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) said his...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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At State, Slow to Articulate the Message

By The Post's Glenn Kessler in our blog, On the Plane: BANGKOK -- Diplomacy is often about the message. Six months into Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure, the State Department sometimes still has trouble getting her message out....

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CTO Aneesh Chopra Seeks 'Quick Wins'

The Obama administration's top tech man told a crowd of web gurus on Tuesday that he's seeking "quick wins" that demonstrate a "big impact," aiming to aggressively expand the government's online presence by launching tech-friendly fixes in the next six...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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Eye Opener: Driven to Distraction

Happy Tuesday! Back in 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers -- in part, officials say, because of concerns about...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CDC, NASA, FBI Earn Top Polling Scores

NASA, the CDC and FBI scored best in a recent poll of government agencies' performance. Only three federal agencies -- the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NASA -- were rated positively by a majority of Americans...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fired IG Gerald Walpin Files Suit

Updated 6:17 p.m. ET The inspector general fired last month by President Obama has filed suit in federal court seeking reinstatement to his job as top watchdog at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Former Corporation for National and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration, Oversight  
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USDA Responds to Drudge Item on Stimulus

A screengrab of the Drudge Report's links to Agriculture Department economic stimulus expenditures (Courtesy Drudgereport.com) Earl Devaney's dream has come true: A journalist woke up this morning, logged on to Recovery.gov and discovered something fishy. Or meaty, in this...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: Too Much Oversight of Homeland Security?

The chart above visually demonstrates the Congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. (Courtesy of the Center for Public Integrity) Happy Monday! Traveling back from his bachelor party weekend through airports, The Eye recalled a Center for Public...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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