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Eye Opener: Kennedy's Impact on Federal Workers

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

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 the George W. Bush administration to have outside contractors do government work.

"He believed first and foremost that the work of the federal government could best be done by federal employees and [they] needed to be supported in the work they were trying to do. So, his work against privatization of federal work, I would say his fingerprints are all over that," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley.

Kelley cited some examples of his work for federal employees:

-- His call for Department of Homeland Security staffers to have full collective bargaining rights.
-- His demand for a return of collective bargaining rights to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees.
-- His effort to save jobs at an Internal Revenue Service facility in Andover, Mass.
-- His push to end the IRS's use of private tax collectors.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Cabinet and Staff News: Rocco Landesman went from Broadway to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Hillary Clinton's finance chairman released on bail. HUD's Shaun Donovan visiting New Orleans Thursday.

New HHS Complex Could Relocate 5,000 Jobs: At least two developers are interested in building nearly 1 million square feet of office space near a Metro stop in Prince George's County.

CIA Releases Instructions For Breaking a Detainee's Will: The agency has provided the first detailed description of the step-by-step procedures used to systematically crush a detainee's will to resist by eliciting stress, exhaustion and fear.

Expanded Sick Leave Would Cover Swine Flu Caretakers: A proposed regulation would allow federal employees to use accrued or accumulated sick leave if a doctor or other health official determined that a caretaker's presence in the workplace might jeopardize the health of co-workers.

'Clunkers' Generates 690,000 Sales: Car buyers in the District, Maryland and Virginia were responsible for $174 million of the total sum, with the vast majority from Maryland and Virginia.

Feds Feed Families Exceeds Food Donation Goal: The contest was part of a nation-wide, government-wide effort led by OPM and in partnership with the Chief Human Capital Officers Council to fill the shelves at food banks.

For Intelligence Officers, A Wiki Way to Connect Dots: Intellipedia is a collaborative online intelligence repository, and it runs counter to traditional reluctance in the intelligence community to the sharing of classified information.

Students' Take-Home Assignment: Census Kits: The government has launched Census in Schools, an all-out campaign targeting superintendents, principals, teachers, students and, indirectly, parents, as schools open across the nation this month and next.

Contractor Reports of Violations Flowing Into Defense IG's Office: Specifically, the contractor disclosure program has received 56 reports of violations, the majority of which have been resolved through administrative action such as contract and billing adjustments. Fewer than 10 have been referred to investigative agencies.

Defense Officials Prepare for H1N1 Flu: Officials will likely get vaccine in October to give to service members.

Energy Awards Stimulus Grants for 542 Alternative Fuel Stations: The refueling stations will be built through a government-industry partnership called Clean Cities, which is sponsored by Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

VA Ends Gulf War Illness Research Contract: It was a $75 million, five-year research contract with a Texas medical center. The department says the research remains a priority.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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Options to the Obamacare Health Plan being presented at present to make the current problems with the bill go away....Just choose one.

Option #1

All Government workers sign on to the Obamacare Health Plan that all citizens will be signing on to if this bill ever passes.

Option #2

All citizens of the United States be allowed to sign on to the Government Health Plan that the Government workers are on now at the same cost that they pay and either most of the problems with the bill that is being shoved at us at this point will go away.

All the powers that be in Washington have to do is agree to either Option and all will be equal across the board. Is this possible???

Posted by: joecarrsr | August 27, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@ joecarrsr

No! Because there are more issues to this than just cost of a plan... Don't you have a brain? Try using it occasionally.

Posted by: darbyohara | August 28, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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