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Eye Opener: Aug. 19, 2009

By Ed O'Keefe

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Cabinet and Staff News: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reveal new federal guidelines on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET to help businesses get ready for the upcoming flu season. They'll be joined by CDC officials. Vice President Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan travel to Orlando to talk about the economic stimulus program. FBI's John Miller (the former ABC newsman) headed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to lead a team devoted to "analytic transformation." Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on Bill Clinton's North Korea trip.

Hugs in the Cubicles: Next Wednesday, the Interior Dept. holds a lecture called, "It's All About the People: How Compassionate Work Relationships Create Greater Productivity."

Justice Dept. Adds Liaison to Gay Community: Matt Nosanchuk once worked for the Justice Department's Office of Policy Development and handled judiciary and civil rights issues for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). He also advised Barack Obama's presidential campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Car Dealers Report an Extended Wait for Clunker Cash: The National Automobile Dealers Association estimates that dealers have hundreds -- and in some cases thousands -- of applications pending that are "worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars."

FBI Agents’ Role Is Transformed by Terror Fight: As part of the larger debate about the transformation of the agency, some counterterrorism specialists question the value of threat squads -- which are also in Washington, New York and a few other cities.

Fugitive Still Licensed to Fly by the FAA: The pilot was indicted with 10 other people in January 2006, in Eugene, Ore., on charges that they committed arson, destroyed an electric tower and other acts of domestic terrorism.

More VA Errors: Six more cases have been found in which cancer patients received incorrect radiation doses at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Defense Contractors Brace for Life Without Supplemental Bills: In the convoluted world of defense spending, the Pentagon's budget in recent years has shown little resemblance to what the department actually spends. The White House wants to change that, and defense contractors are bracing for the fallout.

Calls for Change in Human Resources Workforce and Mission: Federal HR offices must attract employees with a wider variety of skills and change the processes they rely on so they can devote more time and energy to strategic efforts, a panel of experts said on Tuesday.

HHS: Grassroots Efforts to Fight Medicare Fraud Paying Off: The program has saved taxpayers $100 million during the last 12 years.

Upcoming Migration to Windows 7 Could be a Headache for Agencies: As few as 15 percent of agencies installed Vista, which was released in January 2007. Most agencies run Windows XP, first released in October 2001.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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