Eye Opener: Open Government Plan announced
Updated 7:42 a.m. ET
Happy Tuesday! The Eye is feeling MUCH better after flu-like symptoms over the weekend (thanks for asking). Send good vibes towards Mrs. Eye, who's still recuperating at home.
The Obama administration launches its Open Government Plan today at 11 a.m. ET. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra roll out the details at 11 a.m. ET on WhiteHouse.gov/Live. (Their announcement comes one day after government FOIA officers met to discuss open government efforts in a closed-press setting.)
In other news...
• More Obama Nominees Announced: On Monday the president tapped David T. Matsuda for administrator of the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration; and Michael P. Huerta as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Track all of Obama's nominees with The Post's Head Count.
• Cabinet and Staff News: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer are among those to be deployed Tuesday to discuss Obama's economy and jobs speech. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. make an announcement this morning at the Interior Department about American Indian trust management issues. Ex-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld attacks Obama. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke remains optimistic on 2010's economic outlook. A. Thomas McLellan, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, hates Washington, but took the job after the loss of his younger son.
COMMERCE DEPARTMENT:• Obama admin will speed reviews of 'green' patents: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will expedite the examination of applications for "green" technologies, ranging from building-integrated photovoltaic materials to electric vehicle batteries.
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:• Bidding war for Air Force tanker contract heats up: At stake is a $35 billion contract that could be worth up to $100 billion over time.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:• Obama administration formally declares danger of carbon emissions: The move comes as the largest climate change conference in history gets underway in Copenhagen.
GOVERNMENT WORK/LIFE:• BRAC hits traffic right in the Beltway: As the Base Realignment and Closure process picks up speed, paying to build, maintain and repair the roads and bridges is about to become a huge issue.
LABOR DEPARTMENT:• Labor Department eyes revising disclosure rules in 2010: The department's new legislative agenda includes regulations that would require employers to disclose agreements and arrangements made with labor consultants.
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT:• Proposal to beef up OPM role in health care met with skepticism: Some feared that expanding OPM's portfolio could adversely affect federal employees' coverage.
STATE DEPARTMENT:• GAO report rips State Department's Diplomatic Security Bureau: State's bureau in charge of protecting its personnel is already stretched thin and the Afghanistan surge could only exacerbate its administrative and strategic shortfalls, according to a soon-to-be-released GAO report.
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