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Federal Eye: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Friday Personnel Moves

Amid the day's other big developments, a few other personnel moves announced Friday by Team Obama: • The president tapped Cassandra Q. Butts to serve as senior adviser and CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She's currently White House deputy...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 6, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ft. Hood hero cop's union weighs in

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET Fort Hood Sgt. Kimberly Munley has been credited with stopping Thursday's deadly rampage at Fort Hood by shooting the alleged gunman four times and taking wounds of her own. Munley is a civilian police officer at...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 6, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Duckworth recalls Obama at Walter Reed

President Obama will make his first visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as commander in chief on Friday, but one administration official recalls seeing him there several times as a senator. "He visited my hospital bed in the middle...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 6, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Growing efforts to help service members

Happy Friday! The Ft. Hood shooting rampage comes amid growing cooperation between the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs to address the stresses faced by current and former service members. The Ft. Hood base "has been hard hit by...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Michelle Obama visits Energy Dept.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu lead a practice session for young people competing in the National Science Bowl at the Energy Department on Thursday. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty) First Lady Michelle Obama made her thirteenth visit to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swine flu follies at Social Security Administration

Updated 5:06 p.m. ET The union representing thousands of Social Security Administration employees has reacted angrily to an official's recent assertion that H1N1 flu is not a serious communicable disease. Celine Wilson, SSA's chief negotiator with the National Council of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Health Care, Workplace Issues  
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Obama dodges question on gov't contracting

Very few people really understand the complexities of government contracting, so perhaps it's no surprise that President Obama dodged a very specific question Thursday morning about the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program. As The Eye has reported before,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Contracting  
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Amtrak appoints new inspector general

Roughly five months since the departure of its previous watchdog, Amtrak has hired a veteran government auditor to serve as its next inspector general. The quasi-governmental rail agency announced Thursday that Ted Alves will lead its office of inspector general....

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Senate kills census citizenship amendment

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah) wanted the Census Bureau to ask about citizenship status next year. Updated 2:28 p.m. ET The Senate voted Thursday to block a Republican attempt to require the Census Bureau to ask...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Census, Congress  
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Hillary Clinton, cover girl

The secretary of state gets the TIME Magazine cover treatment this week, as correspondent Joe Klein traveled with Hillary Clinton during her recent overseas tour. Klein's report includes some interesting insights on the roles of the nation's top diplomat:...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Nov. 5, 2009

Happy Thursday! (Unless you're a Phillies fan.) Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. • Cabinet and Staff News: Tough talk, but few results on Hillary Rodham Clinton's latest overseas swing. Obama's national security...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 5, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Obama's personnel moves and politics

Happy Wednesday! Bill Owens (D) won New York's traditionally Republican 23rd Congressional District early Wednesday morning, giving Democrats one net victory among the political positions once held by Obama administration officials. But it gets much harder for the president's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 4, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VA pledges $3.2 billion for homeless vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs laid out an ambitious five-year goal of curbing the number of homeless veterans on Tuesday, pledging $3.2 billion to an issue whose impact has been felt more rapidly by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bye-bye Arne: Why we don't need an education secretary

By The Post's Jay Mathews in his Class Struggle blog: Arne Duncan is the latest in a splendid crop of U.S. education secretaries over the last few decades. The ones I have known best include, in alphabetical order: Bill Bennett,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fees waived at national parks on Veterans Day

The government will not charge entrance fees next Wednesday at national parks, refuges and forests in honor of Veterans Day, the fourth time this year the government has opened up the areas for free. “The sacrifices and achievements of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Really digging a White House gig

By Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger in The Post's Reliable Source blog: Whoops! There's a new White House florist, and she scooped her employer by announcing the news ... on Facebook. "Laura Dowling is excited and honored to be named...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: A focus on homeless vets

Happy Tuesday! (Unless you're Jay Leno begging for his old job.) Government and military officials will meet for the next three days with state, local, religious and other community leaders for the biggest-ever government-sponsored summit on homeless veterans. One-third...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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List of Obama officials mentoring young women

First Lady Michelle Obama launched a year-long mentoring program for young women on Monday, matching the participants with two dozen top government officials who will tutor them on everything from careers, financial literacy college preparation and health and fitness. "The...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 2, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Jessica Parker join arts panel

Sarah Jessica Parker, Forest Whitaker, Yo-Yo Ma and Teresa Heinz will serve on a presidential arts board. Updated 8:28 p.m. ET Several stars of stage, screen and fashion runways will join the President's Committee on the Arts and the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 2, 2009; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Berry lays out merit and pay proposals

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry spoke Monday at the Maxwell School of public affairs at Syracuse University about the future of public service and shared his ideas on the type of merit pay and performance system the federal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 2, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: The cybersecurity debate intensifies

Happy Monday! (Unless you're the New York Giants.) Congressional debate over how the government should ward off future cybersecurity attacks continues Monday, as a leading Republican lawmaker will propose giving the Homeland Security Department the lead on the government's...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 2, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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