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Federal Eye: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Census will test dropping 'Negro' from forms

The Census Bureau said Friday that it plans to test removing the term "Negro" from census questionnaires during this year's headcount. The previously scheduled test came to light this week, after the bureau came in a wave of criticism from those who call the term offensive.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Census  
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White House takes web questions about intel failure

Want an example of the Obama administration's Gov 2.0 and transparency efforts? Check out the 24-minute video debrief co-hosted by two White House officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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GOP reportedly holding up Homeland Security, Treasury picks

Republican concerns about Transportation Security Administration nominee Erroll Southers have drawn plenty of attention this week, but Republicans are also holding up votes on nominees for the Treasury and Homeland Security departments, according to multiple sources. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Congress  
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Aneesh Chopra at CES

White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra spent some time with Cecilia Kang (The Post's technology reporter and PostTech bloger) at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Watch video highlights above....

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: GSA official quits over lack of permanent boss

The government's purchasing and facilities management agency lost its chief of staff Wednesday amid frustrations that the Senate has yet to confirm a permanent administrator.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 8, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener, Revolving Door  
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Gay group to Letterman: Apologize to transgender Commerce official

A leading national gay rights group wants an apology from David Letterman and his CBS "Late Show" for a recent joke about a transgender Commerce Department official.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Census: D.C. black population still shrinking

By The Post's Census and demographics reporter Carol Morello in our blog, D.C. Wire: The District has continued to lose African American residents, according to new census estimates released Thursday, while the number of whites and every other census-tracked minority...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Salazar out in Colorado Governor's race

By Chris Cillizza in our politics blog, The Fix: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will not run for governor of Colorado and instead will endorse Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, according to two sources familiar with the decision. Salazar served as the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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Secret Service impersonator arrested for HHS security breach

A Baltimore man pretending to be a U.S. Secret Service agent slipped past security on Saturday at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington and was not stopped until he got to the sixth-floor suite of offices for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: More headaches for TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has confirmed cases of drug use among employees while airline passengers report inconsistent security procedures that in some cases have caused day-long delays.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  
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Report: IRS has 'unacceptable' customer service

The Post's David S. Hilzenrath reports: If you call the Internal Revenue Service for help this tax season and someone actually picks up the phone, consider yourself lucky. The agency has set a goal of answering only 71 percent of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Salazar dodges queries about Colo. governor run

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dodged four questions about a possible campaign for Colorado governor during a previously scheduled conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration  
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'Cash for Clunkers' has cost $77M to run

The Department of Transportation has spent $77 million on administrative costs to run the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program and plans to spend no more than $100 million, according to department sources. The sum amounts to less than 3 percent of the $3 billion allocated for the economic assistance program.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Eye Opener: More Clinton-era identity theft feared

The personal information of people who either worked for Bill Clinton or visited his top aides could be at risk. (Getty) Happy Wednesday! The National Archives has warned more than 150,000 people that their identities may have been compromised...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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OPM announces reorganization

The government's human resources agency is reorganizing as it carries out reforms promised at the start of the Obama administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Time for accountability at the White House

The Post's Sally Quinn opines: White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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Chat With The Eye!

Lots of great questions on several topics from Tuesday's Post Politics Hour, hosted by The Federal Eye.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About the Blog  
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GSA cuts mileage reimbursement for feds

Mileage reimbursement rates will drop for federal employees in 2010 and stay on par with rates for the rest of the country. Federal workers who use their own automobiles for official business will earn $.50 per mile when using...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Who's attending Obama's anti-terror review?

President Obama and Vice President Biden will meet with agency heads Tuesday afternoon to discuss the thwarted Christmas Day attack by the Nigerian underwear bomber.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Administration  
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Eye Opener: Las Vegas shooting revives building security concerns

Monday's shooting at a federal courthouse in Las Vegas quickly revived concerns about security at federal facilities.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Census Bureau launches 2010 headcount campaign

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Census Bureau began a national media blitz Monday for the 2010 count with a network morning show appearance by its leadership. Also on the itinerary: The Super...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 4, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Census  
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2010 Predictions: Federal work/life issues

As the first full workday of 2010 continues, let's make some federal workplace predictions. Vote in the polls below and then leave your extended thoughts in the comments section below:...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Erroll Southers on privacy, TSA's future and unions

President Obama's nominee to serve as head of the Transportation Security Administration says he supports the continued use of whole-body imaging machines as a secondary source of security and says passengers should have the right to request a different form of screening.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 4, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Revolving Door  
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Eye Opener: 2010 Predictions!

Happy Monday and Happy 2010! Since it's the first workday of 2010 let's make some predictions about what will happen this year in official Washington. We'll start this morning by making some guesses on what Washington loves best: Turf...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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