Eye Opener: Oct. 23, 2009
• Czar trouble: Dana Milbank Sketches a Senate hearing on the fate of the Obama administration's czars, who now number more than all the Romanov czars who ruled Russia for three centuries.
• Gettysburg superintendent being reassigned: John A. Latschar, said he is being reassigned to an unspecified desk job in the National Parks Service after public disclosure that he viewed more than 3,400 "sexually-explicit" images on his federal computer over two years.
• On the fence and running out of time: Officials on Thursday painted a picture of potentially weak borders resulting from a shortage of Customs and Border Protection officers. That can lead to longer waits to cross the border, and worse, laxity in the fight against terrorism and narcotics trafficking.
• Cabinet and Staff News: First Lady Michelle Obama is more popular than the president. Hill(ary Rodham Clinton) returns to the Hill and cites challenges with the Mideast peace process. Richard Holbrooke (who insists he's very busy and involved) hires Mia Farrow's son. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) hold a children's health care event Friday in Newark. Obama hasn't quite ended ambassadorial cronyism. A profile of White House Chef Sam Kass.
• New protections for consumers clear panel vote: By a vote of 39 to 29, the House Financial Services Committee approved a measure that would create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency to monitor mortgages, credit cards and other consumer financial products.
• Obama signs law ending budget delays for veterans care: The legislation fixes a situation where money for veterans care is delayed because of budget fights in Washington.
• Report: US needs rebate for Baghdad embassy work: The State Department's watchdog says a Kuwait company should be required to pay back roughly a quarter of the $470 million it was awarded to build the compound.
• Changes due at TSA?: A look at some of the proposed changes, as provided by a labor union that wants to represent airport security workers.
• OPM extends window for long-term insurance changes: Federal employees enrolled in the Long-Term Care Insurance Program get two extra months to make changes to their coverage.
• GAO gives thumbs down to West Point outsourcing: It recommends the Pentagon stop outsourcing of nearly 400 public works positions at West Point Military Academy.
• EPA aims to widen rules on lead paint: The agency proposed expanding requirements on how contractors must deal with lead-based paint to older homes.
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