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Federal Eye: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Tracking Unemployment Statistics

Amid Friday's new unemployment figures, here's a video refresher on the government tracks the data....

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: Postal Employees Honored

THE EYE'S WEDDING COUNTDOWN: 8 Days! Happy Friday! So you thought your letter carrier just delivered the mail? Think again! The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents most of the folks who walk the streets and drive the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Follow-Up on 'Reading Rainbow'

"Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton and some former cast members. The PBS classic stopped airing last week. Never in The Eye's wildest dreams did he anticipate the response generated by news of the demise of "Reading Rainbow." As this...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 3, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cabinet Going Back to School Too

Various Cabinet secretaries will be roaming the halls of American schools next week. Updated 5:10 p.m. ET As if coordinated appearances to celebrate 200 days of the economic stimulus weren't enough, Cabinet secretaries are now headed back to school...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 3, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Cabinet Marks 200 Days of Stimulus

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Vice President Joseph Biden, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Education Secretary Arne Duncan all speak about the stimulus on Thursday. Happy Thursday! Vice President Biden delivers his latest defense of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Fewer Post Offices Targeted for Closure

It may soon get tougher to mail these boxes from your neighborhood post office, if it's on the list of sites to be considered for possible closure or consolidation. Updated 1:10 p.m. ET The Postal Service has cut more...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 2, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Eye Opener: Obama's Hispanic Nominees

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion Jr. are three of dozens of Hispanics working in the Obama administration. Updated 10:11 a.m. ET Happy Wednesday! Flacks at the Democratic National Committee circulated...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NTSB, Union Still at Odds Over Hudson River Crash

An exclusive Fox News image of the mid-air collision between a small plane and tourist helicopter over New York's Hudson River on Aug. 8. (Photo courtesy of Fox News) Updated Sept. 1 6:16 p.m. ET The National Transportation Safety...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Turf War, Workplace Issues  
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'Sesame Street' Frequently Tapped for Gov't. Outreach

The cast of "Sesame Street" has frequently partnered with the federal government for various causes. The federal government has once again recruited the fuzzy residents of Sesame Street for a series of public service announcements, this time asking Elmo...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Obama Caps Pay Raises at 2 Percent

Happy Tuesday! ... or maybe not, for civilian federal employees. President Obama has decided to reduce pay increases for civilian federal workers from 2.4 percent to 2 percent, citing the economic downturn and the ballooning federal budget as reasons...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Park Service Gets Land Deals for Flight 93 Memorial

Family members of a United Flight 93 victim visit a makeshift memorial at the site where the plane crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo by Reuters) Updated 4:30 p.m. The National Park Service will pay about $9.5 million to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eye Opener: Obama Administration and Katrina

It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Happy Monday! Four years ago today New Orleans "resembled a warzone" as it continued the cleanup and evacuations following Hurricane Katrina. This past weekend,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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