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Federal Eye: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

New White House Military Office Director Announced

Photos including this one led to a change in leadership at the White House Military Office. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force) Career Defense Department employee George D. Mulligan Jr. will serve as the new director of the White House...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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VA Launches Mobile Gravesite Locator

Here's another great example of the federal government (slowly?) embracing new technologies: The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a mobile gravesite locator that allows users to quickly locate a burial location if, presumably, they're in the middle of a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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A List of Obama's Judicial Nominees

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is one of just three of President Obama's judicial nominees confirmed by the Senate. Liberal activists are beginning to blame the Obama administration for moving too tentatively on the nomination and confirmation of federal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Citizenship and the Census

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah) want the Census Bureau to ask about citizenship status next year. Happy Friday! Should the 2010 Census account for a person's citizenship status? At least two Republican lawmakers think so, arguing...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Census, Eye Opener  
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Walking with Peter Orszag

Peter Orszag may run every day (sometimes to or from work), but he's only the 49th most-active walker at the Office of Management and Budget. As you'll see in the video above, the administration's self-described "supernerd" agreed to a...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 15, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill

Updated 6:29 p.m. ET Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government cool again? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 15, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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New Hire at Partnership for Public Service

Veteran nonprofit fundraiser Christine Carroll has joined the Partnership for Public Service as vice president for development. She succeeds Vince Micone, who recently returned to the federal government as chief of staff to the chief human capital officer at the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 15, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Federal Retirees to Get $250?

The Obama administration wants Congress to approve emergency payments to Social Security recipients that will not receive a cost of living adjustment next year. Happy Thursday! Federal employees ineligible to receive Social Security benefits would still get a one-time...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 15, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Diversity a Struggle at Homeland Security Dept.

Could behavior like David Letterman's be to blame for the lack of diversity at the Department of Homeland Security? A Republican lawmaker noted Wednesday that the talk show host’s recent admission of pre-martial affairs with young women who worked for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 14, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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Mrs. Obama Resumes Federal Agency Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama with Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at department headquarters on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brand) After a self-described "summer break," First Lady Michelle Obama resumed her tour of federal agencies on Tuesday...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 14, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Eye Opener: Workers Get Say on High Health Costs

Lawmakers will consider whether promotional brochures like the one above misled current and former federal employees into thinking their long-term care premiums would not increase. (Courtesy Senate Special Committee on Aging) Happy Wednesday! (And Happy Birthday to Mrs. Eye!)...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 14, 2009; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Census Chief Disputes Estimate on Hires With Criminal Pasts

The Post's Carol Morello reports: The head of the Census Bureau said Tuesday that the number of convicted criminals who were hired to check home addresses this summer is probably fewer than the 200 estimated by the Government Accountability Office....

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Obama Officials Travel the Blue State Express

Vice President Biden greets parade-goers at a Labor Day parade outside the Mellon Arena Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh, one of several trips he's made to the Keystone State this year. Kudos to Ben Feller and his colleagues at the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, FY-Eye  
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How Janet Napolitano Runs 23 Agencies

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cJanet Napolitano Pt. 1www.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRon Paul Interview Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared on Monday's "Daily Show" to discuss H1N1 flu preparations, and admitted her most difficult task...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Chat With The Eye!

The Eye fielded several queries during Tuesday's Post Politics Hour about health care, Fox News, the Nobel Peace Prize, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and pay-for-performance programs. Highlights appear below: Baltimore: Did Congress shoot down the idea of pay for performance...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Regulatory Agencies Lead the Nomination Race

A handful of Obama appointees have been quietly exercising their power over the trappings of daily life, The Post's Lyndsey Layton reports in Tuesday's editions. "They are awakening a vast regulatory apparatus with authority over nearly every U.S. workplace, 15,000...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Census Problems in Big Cities?

The City of Brotherly Love is not ready for the 2010 Census, according to a new study. Happy Tuesday! As if the murder of a Census employee and associations with ACORN weren't enough, the Census Bureau now faces big...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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New Names and Job Descriptions at NOAA

How often does a new boss come into your agency and change job titles and job descriptions? About every four to eight years, right? It's happening at NOAA, where Administrator Jane Lubchenco is redrawing the current org chart and renaming,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 12, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Do We Need Columbus Day?

Should the U.S. still celebrate Christopher Columbus with a holiday? Happy Monday! Most federal employees will spend Monday away from the office, celebrating the seventh of ten federal holidays they enjoy each year. But Conor Dougherty and Sudeep Reddy...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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As Pressure Grows, Obama Addresses Gay Rights Group

The Eye, and colleagues Michael D. Shear and Anne E. Kornblut report: President Obama, struggling to keep promises he made during last year's campaign, renewed his pledge to end the military's ban on openly gay service members as he appeared...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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