Eye Opener: Somebody's Getting Married...
Happy Wednesday! The Eye departs Washington tonight for Pennsylvania, where this weekend he plans to happily marry Almost Mrs. Eye. The happy couple will gather with hundreds of family members and friends for what promises to be a fun and memorable day.
The upcoming nuptials means a short break for The Federal Eye as the new couple enjoys the wedding weekend and European honeymoon. Though some Post colleagues may occasionally prepare a morning Eye Opener, The Federal Eye will not resume normal operations again until Sept. 24. In the meantime, make sure to check in regularly with Al, Joe, Walter and rest of The Fed Page crew.
The blog's traffic and participation continues to grow each week, and The Eye is deeply grateful for your continued participation. Whether you read the blog everyday, follow The Eye on Twitter, share your comments or submit news tips (and many of you do), you've helped make the blog a great success in its first 10 months. Thanks again, See you soon... and now to the day's news:
• WhoRunsGov's 'Moderated Wiki': The Post's sister site WhoRunsGov launches its "moderated wiki" Wednesday. Users can now contribute to the 700-plus in-depth profiles of the most influential Washington movers and shakers. The site's editors will review any user-generated content before it is published. Timed to coincide with the Gov 2.0 Summit, the site has also started a "Who Runs Gov 2.0" feature, in hopes of profiling those with an expertise in government and technology.
• Cabinet and Staff News: Defense Secretary Robert Gates reaffirms his commitment to Afghanistan. OPM Director John Berry says the White House supports pay parity for civilian employees and the military, after 2010. Columbia University professor Sarah Cleveland joins the State Department.
• NASA Needs More Money to Meet Space Goals: A committee headed by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine on Tuesday gave the White House and the Space agency the executive summary of its report, with the full report and more granular findings to come later this month.
• Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog: There are two sides to the military’s foray into the freewheeling world of the interactive Web. At the highest echelons, civilian officials and four-star generals are newly hailing the power of social networking to make members of the American military more empathetic, entice recruits and shape public opinion on the war.
• FDA Requires Faster Food Safety Reporting: The agency on Tuesday unveiled a new electronic database where manufacturers must notify the government if they believe one of their products is likely to cause sickness or death in people or animals.
• NTSB Restricts Employee Cell-Phone Use: The agency that investigates transportation accidents is banning texting and talking on cell phones by its employees while driving on government business.
• FCC Considers Collecting Outage Data From Internet Firms: The agency could seek expanded authority from Congress to obtain network outage information from cable companies and other Internet service providers during emergencies.
• A Helicopter Commute for Washington's VIPs: A rare tour of the operations of the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va., who fly some of the highest level military and government employees in and out of the Washington area.
| September 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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