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Federal Eye: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Fewer people sending holiday cards in 2009

Lots of Washington area residents report that this season is shaping up as a ho-ho-hum year for holiday cards, at least the kind you can collect in a little red basket.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 19, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Republicans revive the Walpin IG case

Congressional Republicans raised new concerns this week about the Obama administration's firing of Gerald Walpin, who served as inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Former Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin GOP...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Congress, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: Holiday gift giving at federal offices

Happy Friday! Most offices start winding down for the year on Friday ahead of the weekend's anticipated snowstorm and the Christmas and New Year's weeks. Amid all the parties, long lunches and other holiday cheer, some feds may wonder:...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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GAO to probe ACORN's use of federal funds

Government auditors will investigate the use of federal funding by ACORN, the embattled liberal political organizing group long a target of conservative critics who accuse the group of voter fraud and other illegal activities.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Latest figures on Afghanistan war contracts

The U.S. has spent more than $23 billion through contracts in Afghanistan since 2002 and has spent at least almost $1 billion on wasteful or questionable agreements.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Contracting  
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Spotted: First veterans council meeting

Obama administration officials recently held the first meeting of the Interagency Council on Veterans Employment, the task force established by the White House to help identify more federal government employment opportunities for military veterans.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Spotted  
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White House chef preps and plugs winter garden

White House assistant chef Sam Kass has taken the first step to small screen stardom. And by small screen, I mean YouTube.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawmaker wants the Postal Service fleet to go green

The USPS fleet consumed 121 million gallons of fuel in 2008, costing the agency about $1.3 billion. (Nikki Kahn/the Washington Post) The U.S. Postal Service operates about 220,000 vehicles -- the largest civilian fleet in the world. But most...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Eye Opener: Could tax-skirting feds get fired?

A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce legislation allowing Uncle Sam to deduct money from the paychecks of federal employees who fail to pay taxes.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Ray LaHood on 'The Daily Show'

Ray LaHood suggests alternative travel options for banking executives who missed their meeting with President Obama, explains why a Republican would serve in a Democratic administration and makes his economic stimulus sales pitch.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama meets with smaller agency chiefs

Updated 9:45 p.m. ET The heads of smaller, but highly visible federal agencies get some face time with President Obama on Wednesday as the commander in chief holds his first formal meetings with them. Obama held a standard meet and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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A cost-saving cake for Orszag's birthday

By Ed O'Keefe in The Post's 44 blog: The youngest member of President Obama's Cabinet, Peter R. Orszag, celebrates his 41st birthday on Wednesday. Senior staffers greeted the director of the Office of Management and Budget early this morning with...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate panel approves domestic benefits bill

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8 to 1 on Wednesday to approve a bill that grants full domestic benefits to the partners of gay federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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GAO: $478B in federal funds based on Census data

Need even more reason to fill out your census forms next year? Try this: The federal government's ten largest assistance programs used Census data to distribute an estimated $478.3 billion this year, according to a Government Accountability Office report released...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Census  
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Bernanke, other officials among TIME's top people

TIME Magazine named Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke its "Person of the Year" on Wednesday, capping a remarkable year for the nation's top banker.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Eye Opener: New help for feds serving in the military

The federal government is reminding agencies to pay workers the difference between their military and civilian pay when they get called for National Guard or Reserve duty.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Voinovich places hold on DHS nominee

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has placed a hold on the Obama administration's nominee for the number three job at the Department of Homeland Security.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door  
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Hillary Clinton will head to Copenhagen

Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to attend the climate conference, according to sources with non-governmental organizations at the conference.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jesus posters promoting Census raise ire

A poster showing Mary and Joseph heading to Bethlehem for a census and the birth of Christ is raising eyebrows among some evangelicals who consider it an inappropriate use of Christian symbolism.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Stimulus mistakes will be corrected faster

The Obama administration says that recipients of economic stimulus funds will be able to correct mistakes on their quarterly reports at any time.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tracking the Stimulus  
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An inside look at the Cabinet

The latest White House video production shares behind-the-scenes details about President Obama's Cabinet.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Dec. 15, 2009

Happy Tuesday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter, submit your news tips here and leave your thoughts on the day's news in the comments section below. • Very Cool Link: The post.com geniuses have whipped up "Key Obama Speeches,"...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Federal employees owe $3 billion in taxes

The IRS says federal workers owed more than $3 billion in income taxes in 2008, and the U.S. Postal Service had the greatest number of tax delinquents.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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The busiest day of the Postal year

Monday marks the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, when it anticipates processing 839 million pieces of mail for the holiday season.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Census 'Fed' case inspires 'Law & Order'

A "Law and Order" used the mysterious death of Census Bureau worker Bill Sparkman as inspiration for an episode that aired Friday night.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Feds get 1/2 day on Christmas Eve

Federal workers get an early Christmas present from President Obama when he orders an extra half-day of vacation starting at midday on Christmas Eve.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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