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Federal Eye: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Repairs begin at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

One of the National Mall's most popular and somber memorials is in the midst of a facelift, as The Post's Anna Uhls reports in the video above. The memorial's repair work and landscaping is now handled by the private...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 23, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Big changes soon for federal employees

All that's missing is President Obama's signature before long-sought workplace changes affecting current and former federal employees take effect. The Defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Thursday night included alternations to benefits and practices first announced and celebrated roughly...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 23, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Oct. 23, 2009

Happy Friday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. In the news... • Czar trouble: Dana Milbank Sketches a Senate hearing on the fate of the Obama administration's czars, who now number more than...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate creates new government performance panel

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will chair a new Senate Budget Committee task force on government performance, established to help lawmakers assess the viability of the government's performance management systems. The new working group springs to life as the Office of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Panel: Give NASA money or forget human spaceflight

The Post's Joel Achenbach reports: Put more money into NASA's human space flight program or forget about going anywhere new and interesting with astronauts, a blue-ribbon panel told the White House on Thursday. In its final, 154-page report -- "Seeking...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Obama administration's gay outreach continues

Happy Thursday! (Unless you're White House Counsel Gregory Craig?) The gay rights community scored two more small victories on Tuesday, courtesy of the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services. HHS will establish the nation’s...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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Census vows to fix fingerprinting process

Updated 6:24 p.m. ET The Census Bureau, having just introduced fingerprinting of its employees for next year's Census, is now reviewing those procedures with the FBI, the agency's director said Wednesday. A recent Government Accountability Office report estimated that the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Census, Congress  
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Head of Justice Dept. public integrity unit leaving

The Post's Carrie Johnson reports: William M. Welch II, head of the Justice Department's public integrity unit, will step aside and return to Massachusetts, where he spent the bulk of his career exposing corruption in state government, according to two...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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What happened to Kathleen Sebelius's eye?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday with a bandage on her forehead and a puffy eye. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Considering the name of this blog, we took great concern with the left...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
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Inside 'Team Auto'

Embedded video from CNNMoney.com Video Fortune Magazine has the good... fortune of publishing a first-person account from Steven Rattner about his leadership of the Obama administration's bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. The essay is seeped in economic and business...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Feds (allegedly) behaving badly

Updated 4:20 p.m. ET Happy Wednesday! (Unless maybe you live in Rio.) Perhaps it's just unfortunate coincidence, but there are at least four cases of former federal employees in trouble with the law this week for allegedly committing acts...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Michelle Obama visits Veterans Affairs Dept.

Michelle Obama speaks to staff members of the Department of Veteran's in Washington on Tuesday. (Photo by Reuters) First Lady Michelle Obama traveled just two blocks Tuesday as she made the 12th stop on her tour of federal agencies...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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FAA investigating 'balloon boy' incident

Richard Heene, wife Mayumi and sons Bradford, Falcon and Ryo are pictured here with a home-made helium balloon in the background in this undated publicity photograph from the ABC reality series "Wife Swap." (Photo by ABC via Reuters) The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Feds and their food options

Since The Eye plans to eat lunch Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Building's food court, an Atlantic Food Channel blog entry caught his attention. Helene York, director of strategic initiatives for Bon Appetit Management Company, writes about some of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FY-Eye, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: What to watch with the stimulus

Updated 10:18 a.m. ET Happy Tuesday! (Unless you're Gannett.) The economic stimulus data continues to drip out in small bits, as the Obama administration starts to hear criticism from economists, Republicans and "good government" groups about the merits of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Tracking the Stimulus  
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No planned increase for stamp prices

Americans will continue to pay 44 cents for first-class stamps in 2010 and the price to mail catalogs and magazines will also stay the same, according to an internal Postal Service memo. "Simply stated, there will not be a price...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Feds Get Fit' Starting Next Week

The details above say it all......

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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White House seeking green ideas from Feds

Updated 12:32 p.m. ET As if soliciting their cost-savings ideas wasn't enough, the White House now wants federal employees to pitch proposals on how to make the federal government more environmentally sustainable. The GreenGov Challenge starts Monday and continues...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: DOJ's guidelines on medical marijuana

Happy Monday! (Unless you're Jason Campbell or Balloon Boy's dad?) "The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws," according to new policy guidelines to be sent...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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