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Federal Eye: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Tiny agency gives Calif. wineries long-sought honor

Government officials brought an end to the six-year “Battle of Calistoga," establishing the wine-making area of Napa Valley as a designated American Viticultural Area.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As Tai Shan leaves, remember his keepers

The National Zoo's baby panda, Tai Shan, is headed back to China early next year. The widly popular bear is supported by dozens of veterinarians, zoo keepers, animal reproductive experts and volunteers based at the National Zoo in Northwest Washington and at the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 4, 2009

Happy Friday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. In the news... Worth a Click: The new site, ReportStolenValor.org, produced by AMVETS, helps track reports of fake military veterans accepting benefits. Also: DOL.gov/challenge/, the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reporters complain about FDA press access

More than two dozen health reporters complained this week to Food and Drug Administration officials about an agency policy requiring employees to obtain permission before speaking with reporters.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Controversial economist probing cost of proposed EPA air pollution rule

By The Post's Juliet Eilperin: A controversial economist working at the Office of Management and Budget has raised questions about whether a new air pollution rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would impose too high a cost on coal-fired...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Justice Dept.'s 2nd in command stepping aside

By The Post's Carrie Johnson: Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, the Justice Department's second in command, will step aside Feb. 10 to return to private law practice in Washington. The deputy AG post, one of the most critical in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Federal gov't. outlines plans for winter weather

Federal employees have a higher chance of snow days or early dismissals this Winter season as the Washington region gears up for a colder than normal winter and a better chance of a big winter storms.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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About that White House jobs summit

Cabinet secretaries and other top administration officials will host the five breakout sessions at Thursday's jobs summit. Check The Eye's brother blog, 44, for updates throughout the day from the summit. Here's the breakdown: Paving the Road for Small Business...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Immunity for gay service members?

Lawmakers want to give immunity to gay military service members that agree to testify at Congressional hearings about the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lawmakers want Census to hire the long unemployed

Lawmakers want the Census Bureau to hire long-term unemployed Americans when the agency starts hiring temporary workers for next year's decennial headcount.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing cans printer program

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has scrapped plans to distribute $75 gift cards to employees that agreed to return their government-owned desktop printers in favor of network printers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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If you e-mailed The Eye on Tuesday...

If you sent messages to The Eye on Tuesday, please e-mail again and provide contact information where you can be reached. Your anonymity is always assured, if necessary. Thanks!...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Stimulus tit-for-tat continues

The White House continues to defend the economic stimulus program against charges that it's fudging the number of jobs created by the federal spending program.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Postal Service anticipates mailing billions

It's the most wonderful time of the year at the Postal Service, which anticipates mailing billions of letters and cards this month for the holidays. Postal officials anticipate that sales and volume will be flat versus last year. Regardless...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Could poor morale ground FAA?

The Federal Aviation Administration ranks so low on government employee satisfaction surveys that the agency may struggle to retain and recruit employees in the next four years, according to a new government audit. Thirty-eight percent of FAA employees will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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About Obama's meeting with Nobel winners

President Obama's meeting on Tuesday afternoon with American recipients of the Nobel prizes is especially noteworthy since he's one of 11 countrymen receiving the global honor. Obama is scheduled to meet with recipients in the Oval Office this afternoon, along...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Eye Opener: GOP probes Bureau's printer program

Happy Tuesday! A top Republican lawmaker wants to know why the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is giving $75 gift cards to employees that turn over their government-owned individual office printers. As The Eye first reported on Monday, the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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House panel asks Desiree Rogers to join party-crasher hearing

By Ed O'Keefe and Scott Butterworth in The Post's 44 blog Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee have invited White House social secretary Desirée Rogers to testify Thursday, a committee aide said Monday night, about how a couple...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 10:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NOAA: Hurricane season quietest since 1997

The 2009 hurricane season ends today and no tropical storms or hurricanes hit the United States for the first time in three years -- making 2009 the quietest hurricane season in 12 years. The quieter season comes thanks to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paper jams at Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Angry employees at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing say the cash-strapped agency is giving taxpayer money to government employees to return government printers. At least 534 mostly senior bureau employees have individual printers to ensure that sensitive documents --...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Government folks among top global thinkers

Several government officials made this year's Foreign Policy Magazine 100 Global Thinkers List, which acknowledges the people with the big ideas of 2009. Agree or disagree with the names? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below: #1 Ben...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Nov. 30, 2009

Happy Monday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. In the news... • Cabinet and Staff News: How should Obama share his Nobel Prize money? Ben Bernanke opines on the future of the Federal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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