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Federal Eye: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Senate confirms several Obama nominees

If passing health-care reform was the Senate's Christmas present to President Obama, then the confirmation of more than 30 of his nominees might as well serve as stocking stuffers or a year-end treat. The Senate confirmed the nominees after voting...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 24, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door  
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Christmas Eve Eve personnel moves

President Obama on Wednesday tapped seven individuals to serve on the Intelligence Advisory Board, a nonpartisan panel that provides advice on U.S. intelligence matters. Obama picked Roel Campos, Lee Hamilton, Rita Hauser, Paul Kaminski, Ellen Laipson, Les Lyles and Jami...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 23, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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GAO releases report on accidental posting of nuclear info

Updated 3:43 p.m. ET Five government agencies, the National Security Council and two Congressional offices share the blame for the inadvertent publication of sensitive information regarding hundreds of civilian nuclear sites, government watchdogs conclude in a report released Wednesday. Though...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 23, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Federal government open on Wednesday

Washington-area federal government offices will be open as normal on Wednesday, according to sources at the Office of Personnel Management.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 22, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Will Obama draft an austerity budget?

Will President Obama mandate across-the-board cuts at federal agencies and departments next year in an effort to cut the federal deficit?

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 22, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Obama names Howard Schmidt cybersecurity coordinator

By The Post's Ellen Nakashima and Debbi Wilgoren: Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House on Tuesday tapped a former Bush administration official for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 22, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: Holiday slowdown

Happy Tuesday! The Eye decamps later today to points north to celebrate the holidays and recharge ahead of a busy new year. Readers can anticipate sporadic updates over the next two weeks as we assess the impact of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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'Liberal Leave' for Federal Government on Tuesday

Snow blankets the U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington on Monday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Washington-area federal government offices will operate on an unscheduled leave or "liberal leave" status on Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The decision means employees...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 21, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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OPM expects Tuesday decision by end of Monday

The Office of Personnel Management hopes to make a decision about the federal government’s Tuesday operating status in the Washington region by the end of the day, OPM Director John Berry said in an e-mail Monday afternoon. Berry did not...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 21, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama hails cuts in wasteful contracts

President Obama announced Monday that the federal government is halfway to meeting his goal of cutting wasteful government contracts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 21, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Administration  
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Eye Opener: Postal Service snow tips

Happy Monday! Federal government offices in the Washington region are closed on Monday due to the weekend blizzard. Nonessential federal workers do not need to report for work. Playing in the snow with the kids today? Walking around and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Agencies have cut $19 billion in contracting costs

Federal agencies are almost halfway toward reaching a two-year goal set by President Obama this year with plans to save roughly $19 billion in government contracting costs during the fiscal year that began in October, according to an Office of Management and Budget report set for release Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 20, 2009; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contracting  
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Federal Government Closed on Monday

Federal government offices in the Washington region will be closed on Monday. Nonessential government workers will be granted excused absences.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 20, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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