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Federal Eye: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Chat with The Eye!

What? You missed The Eye's politics and government chat on Thursday? Well, here are the highlights: Thanks WaPo for Matthew Hoh story: Mr. O'Keefe, Thanks to WaPo for the Matthew Hoh story, do you think he will meet with President...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The plain language revolution

The Eye's close contacts and government sources know how much he detests bureaucratic speak, especially the verbal variety, so he's thrilled to learn that the Center for Plain Language is hosting a forum Friday afternoon at the National Press Club...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, FY-Eye  
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Lieberman lays out his cyber security plan

He's earned headlines, praise and criticism this week for his stance on health care reform, but Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) shifts gears Friday to focus on another long-brewing issue: cyber security. The Connecticut lawmaker will publicly state for the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Eye Opener: The Halloween edition

Al and Tipper Gore dressed as Beauty and the Beast for Halloween 1995. Happy Friday! It's Halloween Eve, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will dress up as a rancher. The Agriculture Department will close its annual farmers market season...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Florida town goes coco-crazy for local post office

Officials from Palm Beach County and several small Southeast Florida communities rallied Oct. 21 at the Lantana, Fla., Post Office to mail coconuts to U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Michael Bornstein When a small...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Interior Dept. gives final OK for MLK Memorial

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the permit allowing construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Mall Thursday. The official sign-off means the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation can start building the memorial, which will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GreenGov Challenge concludes Saturday

A friendly reminder that federal employees have until Saturday to submit their ideas for the White House GreenGov Challenge, a chance for rank and file folks to share their ideas on how to improve the government's environmental sustainability. More than...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New stimulus reports to correct early errors

Updated 10:38 a.m. ET An Associated Press investigation published Thursday finds that several recipients of economic stimulus money overstated the number of jobs created or saved with the federal funding. But the mistakes come as no surprise to close observers...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Eye Opener: Selling government service

Happy Thursday! (Unless you're the Yankees?) About 40 Obama administration officials, lawmakers, Hill staffers, employee organization heads, private sector leaders, good government types and academics met Wednesday in Washington to have a frank, off-the-record conversation about the federal government's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lawmakers skeptical of OMB contracting plans

Lawmakers tepidly responded to the Obama administration’s new contracting guidelines Wednesday, arguing that the Office of Management and Budget did not provide enough guidance to federal agencies and departments on how to cut their contract spending. Agencies and departments have...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Contracting, Oversight  
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Beliefnet founder leaves for FCC

Beliefnet.com founder and editor in chief Steven Waldman will resign to join the Federal Communications Commission as a senior adviser to Chairman Julius Genachowski. Waldman and magazine publisher Robert Nylen created the popular religion news and debate Web site in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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VA seeks contractor help for Post 9/11 GI Bill

Problems with the Post 9/11 GI Bill persist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is now seeking a contractor to help process payments for the program. The department's request for outside help comes as the Obama administration rolls out...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama tech adviser Susan Crawford leaving

The Post's Cecilia Kang reports in her Post Tech blog: White House technology policy adviser, Susan Crawford will leave her position in January to return to the University of Michigan Law School where she is a tenured professor, according to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Postal Service's 'get well' plan? Greeting cards.

A customer checks the greeting card options at the U.S. Postal Service's flagship post office at its L'Enfant Plaza headquarters in Washington. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service) Next time you visit the post office for stamps, you...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Eye Opener: The government's greener wheels

Fuel-efficient vehicles similar to this Chevrolet sedan will soon occupy government parking lots. Happy Wednesday! The government's recent big purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles is almost complete and has significantly improved its fuel consumption. The resale value of trade-in vehicles...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New contracting guidelines mean more gov't hires

The size of the federal workforce will grow even more next year, as agencies and departments will need to increase the number of contracting officers by at least 5 percent, according to new guidelines issued Tuesday by the Office of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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DEA identifies 3 agents killed in Afghanistan

The Drug Enforcement Administration has identified the three special agents killed on Monday in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash. The agents are: Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, 37, of Woodbridge, Va. Special Agent Chad L. Michael, 30, of Quantico, Va....

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where will NASA's next giant step take us?

The Post's Joel Achenbach reports: It emerged just after midnight seven days ago, bolted down and gleaming under the floodlights. This was the biggest debut since King Kong, joked the aerospace folks. The Ares I-X is the world's tallest rocket,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Cutting the government's paperwork

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. -- Happy Tuesday! The government is seeking ideas on how to cut the red tape -- specifically, the paperwork the government asks you to fill out or other documents required when applying for government services. The number...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Census trash will benefit baby feds

What will the government do with the millions of 2010 Census questionnaires once it's done counting them next year? Shred them, sell the recyclable scraps and then give the money to federal childcare facilities, according to Census Director Robert Groves....

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Headed to Williamsburg...

Updated 7:20 p.m. ET After driving I-95 North this weekend to visit his sister in New York City, The Eye will now endure I-95 South to Williamsburg, where he hosts a panel discussion Tuesday at the 19th annual Executive Leadership...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ACORN affiliate still eligible for CFC, despite concerns

Updated 1:24 p.m. ET Federal employees can continue to make charitable contributions to a nonprofit affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now through the government's annual workplace charity campaign despite the concerns of a Republican lawmaker. As...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Eye Opener: Oct. 26, 2009

Happy Monday! (Unless you're Steve Phillips?) Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips or events notices here. In the news... • Veterans' Mental health in focus: As part of the Obama administration's continued focus on...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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