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Eye Opener: Nominate your favorite Fed

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Wednesday! Know of a government worker that deserves recognition? Nominate your favorite Fed for a Service to America Medal by the end of January and they might win up to $10,000.

The Partnership for Public Service collects the nominations, selects the winners and then distributes eight "Sammies" at a big ceremony in September. There's the prestigious Federal Employee of the Year Medal, and seven other categories: Homeland Security; Career Achievement; Call to Service; Citizen Services; National Security and International Affairs; Justice and Law Enforcement; and Environment, Science and Technology.

The Partnership picks the winners based on three criteria: the impact of the nominee's work on meeting the needs of the nation, their on-the-job innovation, and their commitment to public service.

Any and all career civilian federal employees are eligible, and anyone can submit a nomination at servicetoamericamedals.org through January 29, 2010.

Know of an award-worthy worker? Nominate them then leave your choice in the comments section below

Big Government Story of the Day: TSA training manual accidentally posted online. A document posted online inadvertently revealed a variety of closely guarded secrets about airport passenger screening practices.

Cabinet and Staff News: Obama administration asks an appeals court to dismiss the case against Bush administration lawyer John Yoo. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke speaks to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Conference in Paris from the National Press Club in Washington. Two top aides show unity on Obama's Afghanistan strategy. Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales enjoying his teaching job at Texas Tech.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:
Smaller pay raises to come for thousands of DoD employees: About 4,000 Pentagon employees now under the soon-to-be-canceled National Security Personnel System could see their future pay raises halved as they are transferred back to the General Schedule system.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION:
FBI to assess actions before Hood shooting: The agency tapped former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster to conduct the review, which will examine the agency's policies, practices and actions before the Nov. 5 shooting.

Head of FBI's D.C. office retires amid allegations of rules violation: Celebrated official had been under scrutiny over exam he took.

GOVERNMENT WORK/LIFE:
Federal employees earn 2% pay raise: Government workers will get a 1.5 percent nationwide increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent average increase in locality pay. The final agreement goes against the wishes of Obama, who called for a flat 2 percent jump and no locality increase.

Union leaders step up fight against excise tax: Federal employee union leaders threw the second of a one-two punch at a Senate plan to tax health insurance premiums on Tuesday, saying it would mean significant benefit cuts and higher health costs for workers.

HOMELAND SECURITY:
Homeland Security to boost security around Liberty Bell: It's part of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program that includes national icons.

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT:
U.S. agrees to $3 billion deal in Indian suit: The tentative agreement, reached late Monday, would resolve a 13-year-old lawsuit over hundreds of thousands of land trust accounts that date to the 19th century.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION:
SBA braces for flood of feedback: About 200 people are expected to attend a two-day meeting in Washington this week to offer comments on proposed rule changes to the agency's 8(a) Business Development program.

STATE DEPARTMENT:
Controversial firm loses Kabul contract: The State Department will not renew the contract of the private security firm that guards the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, followING allegations of sexual misconduct by the company's guards and potential weapons shortages.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:
White House moves to raise transit-safety standards: The proposal would authorize the Transportation Department to for the first time set minimum safety standards for transit agencies.

VETERANS AFFAIRS:
VA mulling fate of e-learning project, one of 45 it suspended: Department personnel who worked on an e-learning project that top agency officials suspended this summer say the project should be terminated and officials are contemplating removing the contractor.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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