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Federal Eye: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Postal Service Plans to Update Its Closure List

The Postal Service will provide on Wednesday an updated list of facilities to be considered for possible closure, according to a letter sent Friday to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The list is sure to be scrutinized by impacted communities and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 28, 2009; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Did Education Dept.'s Shift Help Kill PBS's 'Reading Rainbow'?

The PBS reading show "Reading Rainbow" -- starring "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Roots" alum LeVar Burton -- ends its 26-year run on Friday. Its longevity was the third-longest for a public television children's show, beaten only by "Sesame...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 28, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Eye Opener: Aug. 28, 2009

Happy Friday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips and events notices here. • AFGE Elects Officers: At their convention in Reno, Nev., union members reelected John Gage to his third term as leader of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moran on Fed. Employee Health Care, Public Option

Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) defended the infamous "public option" during a live discussion on washingtonpost.com Thursday, following a raucous town hall meeting with constituents on Tuesday about health care. He entertained a few questions about...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: Kennedy's Impact on Federal Workers

Happy Thursday! Amid all the talk about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death, The Eye's colleague Joe Davidson notes that the Massachusetts Democrat was a great friend of federal employees. Labor leaders Wednesday most remembered his efforts to fight plans...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Complex Could Relocate 5,000 HHS Jobs

By The Post's Greg Gaudio: At least two developers are interested in building nearly 1 million square feet of office space for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services near a Metro stop in Prince George's County. If constructed,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Federal Sick Leave Proposals for Flu, War

Updated 4:22 p.m. ET The government may soon extend new leave policies to federal employees actively providing care to family members stricken by communicable diseases, including the H1N1 flu. Similar proposals call for extending, to up to 26 weeks, unpaid...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Administration Reactions to Kennedy Death

Updated 1:30 p.m. ET Various Obama administration issued statements on Wednesday regarding the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The full statements are posted below and others will be added when they are distributed: Click here to read the comments...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Aug. 26, 2009

Happy Wednesday! Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died last night at age 77, supported several key pieces of legislation that further expanded the size, scope and mission of the federal government (much of which can be seen on...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Chat With The Eye!

The Eye took questions earlier today during the daily Post Politics Hour. Highlights appear below: St. Paul, Minn.: Hi Ed -- Thanks for taking questions today. Here we are again, another presidential vacation, though this time with someone new in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Postal Service Offers Employees Buyouts to Quit

Updated 3:36 p.m. ET The Postal Service is offering up to $450 million to employees if they will agree to quit their jobs, it announced Tuesday, the latest effort by the financially struggling agency to reduce its costs amid a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Senator Asks Obama to Withdraw Labor Nominee

The ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has asked President Obama to drop his nominee for Department of Labor solicitor. Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.) suggests that M. Patricia Smith gave inconsistent testimony to the Senate...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NASA Delays Mission to Install Colbert Treadmill

UPDATED 6:04 p.m. ET NASA will not launch Shuttle Discovery early Wednesday morning due to a problem with a valve in its fuel tank. The mission was also postponed early Tuesday morning due to weather. Whenever it blasts off,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Eye Opener: A VA Scandal Scorecard

Happy Tuesday! It's been a rough few months for the Department of Veterans Affairs, which faces several scandals related to the medical care and benefits provided to veterans, the illegal behavior of former officials and headaches caused by policies...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Aaron Williams Sworn in as Peace Corps Director

The nearly 7,500 Peace Corps volunteers stationed around the world got a new boss Monday, as Aaron Williams took the oath of office as the agency's 18th director. “I am deeply honored to be the director of the Peace...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: A Meeting With the President

President Obama at a recent Cabinet meeting with Robert Gates, Gary Locke and Steven Chu (Bill O'Leary/Post) Happy Monday! Ever wondered who the president meets with on a regular basis and what he's working on? The Post's new POTUS...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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