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Federal Eye: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Postal Service Trims List of Possible Closure Sites

Updated 3:40 p.m. ET Nine postal facilities in the District and three in suburban Maryland are still under consideration for possible closure or consolidation with other nearby facilities, according to an updated list of sites released Friday by the U.S....

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 9, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eye Opener: Nobel Yes, But What About Basketball?

The b-baller-in-chief hosted some Cabinet colleagues for a game Thursday night. Here he plays with members of the UNC Tar Heels during the presidential campaign. Happy Friday! President Obama might have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but did he...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Potter: Post Office Closures Small Piece of the Pie

Postmaster General John E. Potter at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday. The U.S. Postal Service lost billions of dollars in revenue during the last fiscal year while mail volume plunged. Lawmakers may one day soon consider...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Should Minerals Management Split From Interior Dept.?

The scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service should be separated from the Interior Department and established as an independent agency, according to a bill proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) The ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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FY-Eye: 'Much Good is Done by Government Workers'

Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, has an op-ed appearing in several newspapers across the country Thursday that defends federal employees against the recent of anti-government feelings. Writes Stier: These feelings of distrust and resentment, seen in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GAO: Census Likely Hired Criminals

Updated 1:54 p.m. ET Things are going relatively smoothly ahead of the 2010 Census, according to the latest review by government auditors and Census officials. But here are a few concerns expressed Wednesday at a Senate hearing on 2010 Census...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DCIPS Suspended Pending Review

Updated and Corrected 12:31 p.m. ET The Eye received several queries from concerned readers this morning, wondering if the deal announced Wednesday also repeals the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System, or the intelligence community's version of the National Security Personnel...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Eye Opener: Big Victories for Federal Employees

Observers credit Sens. Levin, McCain, and Reps. Skelton and Lynch -- among others -- for helping secure big changes for federal employees. (Photos by Post, Getty and Bloomberg News) Happy Thursday! Federal employees, their unions and sympathetic lawmakers won...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS

Federal employees and their unions should remember Oct. 7, 2009: It's the day they got to cross several items off their wish list. The conference committee working on a compromise version of the Defense authorization bill (pdf) delivered several long-sought...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Signs of Post Office Closures

News has started to leak out about the impending closure or consolidation of postal facilities across the country. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver an updated list of potential facility closures or consolidations to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Friday,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Labor Nominee Still Faces GOP Hold

Though most of President Obama’s nominees win easy approval from Congress, a handful have to wait around much longer for final vote. M. Patricia Smith, tapped to serve as the Labor Department’s solicitor of labor, is one of those nominees....

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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U.S. Census Gets 'Telenovela' Role

The Post's David Montgomery reports: In just a matter of months, lovely, dark-eyed Perla Beltrán has suffered the usual trials of a telenovela babe -- pole-dancing in a dive bar, falling in love with a hunky gangster, learning of said...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Banks Hold Up Some Veterans Funds

Happy Wednesday! The Department of Veterans Affairs still can't seem to get ahead of some of the problems plaguing the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the program providing veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents money for college tuition, textbooks and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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OMB Wants More Data on Government's Performance

The Office of Management and Budget will release new performance guidelines Wednesday to collect deeper evaluations of federal offices and programs. The new Program Evaluation Initiative is voluntary but will help agencies make “evidence-based policy decisions” about what’s working and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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EEOC Employees Can Now Breathe Easy

The headquarters of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Northeast Washington. EEOC employees and visitors to agency headquarters can breathe easy. Their air is safe, according to recent test results. Roughly 500 employees and contractors complained of headaches, dizziness,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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USDA Responds to E. Coli Report

If you're looking for the next big issue that could land on the desk of the already burdened Obama administration, look no further than concerns about the nation's food safety. It's the kind of problem that inspires sleepless nights, just...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eye Opener: Latinos in the Federal Government

Happy Tuesday! We've kind of written about this before, but it's worth exploring once more: "Latino Americans may be the nation's fastest-growing minority group, but they're also the most underrepresented among civilian federal employees," yours truly writes in Tuesday's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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New Site Proposes Big Spending Cuts

A new site launched in recent days merits a look, regardless of your opinions on the size and scope of the federal government. The Cato Institute -- never a fan of big government -- has launched DownsizingGovernment.org, billed as a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Andy Rooney On the Postal Service

Watch CBS News Videos Online The Eye has said it before and will say it again: His Sunday is incomplete without "60 Minutes." Last night's episode did not disappoint, especially when resident curmudgeon Andy Rooney weighed in on the plight...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: The Federal Register Relaunches

The Federal Register is available in print, left, but thanks to new XML capabilities, it's now also available in easier-to-digest format like word clouds, right (Images courtesy of the White House) Happy Monday! It's an important day for lawyers,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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