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Federal Eye: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

2 NTSB Managers Investigated in Noose Incident

By Ashley Halsey III: Two top managers at the National Transportation Safety Board are under investigation after they left a noose behind when a senior staff meeting ended at the agency's Washington headquarters three weeks ago, an NTSB spokesman said....

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 21, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Albright to Lead Delegation to S. Korea Funeral

The White House will send a delegation of current and former government officials to the funeral of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung. Services will be held Sunday in Seoul. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung died Tuesday at age...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Abuses in VA Office of Technology

Happy Friday! A new inspector general report reveals that thousands of employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs' technology office received a total of $24 million in bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. The "scathing" internal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 21, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Stimulus Reports Could Cause Risk, Confusion

CORRECTION: An Aug. 21 Fed Page article incorrectly stated the process for registering and reporting federal stimulus spending and jobs data to FederalReporting.gov. On Monday, Aug. 17, the site began accepting registration from recipients of the funds. The site will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Tracking the Stimulus  
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HHS Building Evacuated After Minor Explosion

Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Getty) By Theola Labbé-DeBose and Ed O'Keefe A "small explosion" shook the Department of Health and Human Services building Thursday morning after a transformer malfunction, and authorities evacuated the building as...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Several Government Women 'Most Powerful'

Sheila Bair, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Mary Schapiro are four of the 100 "most powerful women." Who's more powerful than Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of England, Supreme Court justices, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? Sheila Bair. The chairwoman...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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Eye Opener: Postmaster General On Obama's Postal Comments

Happy Thursday! Postmaster General John Potter weighed in on President Obama's recent comments about the Postal Service on Wednesday afternoon, doing his best to boost morale amid the mail service's worsening financial condition. In his message to employees, Potter...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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New Report Calls for Improvements to Senior Executive Service

The Senior Executive Service is broken, mired in tired bureaucratic traditions and failing to attract top talent from outside government, according to a lengthy review of the ranks of the government's elite managers by two outside organizations. The report, from...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Buzz Aldrin to Accept an Emmy for NASA

NASA will be honored with an Emmy Award on Saturday, and Buzz Aldrin will accept. Buzz Aldrin may have been the second astronaut on the moon, but he'll be the first astronaut to accept an Emmy Award. Aldrin will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Broad Support for Federal Swine Flu Preparations

Some interesting tidbits in our newest Washington Post-ABC News poll suggest broad confidence in the federal government's ability to manage a possible H1N1/swine flu outbreak later this year. Most Americans are either "not too" or "not at all" worried about...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Aug. 19, 2009

Happy Wednesday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips, comments or events notices here or in the comments section below. • Cabinet and Staff News: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Justice Department Names Liaison to Gay and Lesbian Community

Updated 10:00 p.m. The Justice Department's civil rights division has hired a veteran Senate staffer as a senior counselor and liaison to the gay and lesbian community. The hire comes amid efforts by the Obama administration to mollify growing impatience...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Postal Union Responds to Obama's Comments

President Obama's recent comments about the Postal Service have one of the biggest postal unions upset. Updated 2:46 p.m. ET A union representing postal supervisors, managers and postmasters wants President Obama to reconsider his recent comments that compared the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Obama's Use of the Word 'Bureaucrat'

As the health care reform debate continues, some close observers have noticed President Obama's increased use of the word "bureaucrat" when assuring audiences that the government will not intervene in future health care decisions. In Sunday's New York Times, Obama...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: DOT Hires More to Process 'Clunkers'

Brandywine Motors in Crofton, Md. has about 50 clunkers, but hasn't destroyed them yet because the paperwork is moving slowly through the government. (Photo by Post) Happy Tuesday! The Obama administration will triple the number of workers processing cash-for-clunkers...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Targets Backlog Of Veterans' Claims

The Obama administration is calling once again on federal employees to submit ideas on improving government services. This time, it is targeting the amount of time and effort it takes to process veterans' disability benefits. The number of unresolved disability...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2009; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Can Obama Order Federal Furloughs?

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley wants President Obama and federal employees to take a 15-day furlough. (AP) Chicago shut down most city offices on Monday in an effort to save more than $8 million by year's end amid the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Eye Opener: Aug. 17, 2009

Happy Monday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and send your news tips and events notices here. • Cabinet and Staff News: Let there be no doubt: Cabinet secretaries report to Rahm Emanuel. Hillary Rodham Clinton ends her 11-day...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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