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Federal Eye: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Susan Brita to serve as GSA's deputy administrator

Susan Brita, a 26-year veteran of Capitol Hill and the General Services Administration, will return to the agency as deputy administrator, officials announced Friday. Brita served as GSA chief of staff from 1985 to 1988 and has most recently served...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 22, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door, Workplace Issues  
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Could you be struck by a meteorite?

What are the chances of someone getting struck by a meteorite? It almost happened on Monday to Dr. Frank Ciampi at his office building in Lorton, Va. Geologists and meteorite scientists Linda Welzenbach and Cari Corrigan of the Smithsonian National...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NASA live tweeting from space

You can't get a good WiFi connection around most of Washington, but apparently you can get one in Outer Space.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-TSA nominee Erroll Southers speaks out

Updated 12:12 p.m. ET The former nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration lashed out at Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in an interview on Thursday, saying his hands were tied on whether or not he would ever extend collective bargaining...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Eye Opener: Salazar says bipartisanship key to climate bill

The White House will need to foster a more bipartisan atmosphere than it did on health-care reform if it wants to get serious about climate change and energy reform, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener, Health Care  
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Michelle Obama visits the Commerce Dept.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke got quite a birthday present on Thursday: A visit from the boss' wife.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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OMB investigation into OPM accusations continues

The Office of Management and Budget continues to investigate allegations that a career civil servant made threatening remarks against the Office of Personnel Management's budget office, director Peter R. Orszag said Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight  
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Clinton blasts China, others for Internet blocks

By The Post's technology correspondent Cecilia Kang: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for unfettered access to the Internet around the globe after several incidents of online censorship and cyber attacks have presented new questions for the role...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VA reminds vets about spring school payments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has paid more than $1.3 billion in education benefits to more than 170,000 students eligible for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, the department said Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: One year of 'open government'

Happy Thursday! One year ago today, good government groups and transparency advocates cheered as President Obama issued his first executive orders mandating the government "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act requests and requiring that agencies...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 6:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Latinos, youth say they're unfamiliar with the Census

Roughly a third of Hispanics and the same proportion of the nation's young people are unfamiliar with the U.S. Census, and less than half of Hispanics say they will definitely fill out their forms later this year, researchers reported Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Census  
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Obama targets tax delinquent contractors

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced plans to crack down on federal contractors that fail to pay their taxes, part of the White House's continuing efforts to save taxpayer dollars by cutting wasteful government contracts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Contracting  
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FBI agents seeking phone records used 'startling' methods

By The Post's Justice Department correspondent Carrie Johnson: FBI agents seeking telephone records demanded information from phone companies in a variety of "startling" and illicit methods, including e-mail and post-it notes, in an "egregious breakdown" of safeguards and oversight, the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Experts: Southers exit signals several mistakes

Despite substantive concerns about his nomination, Erroll Southers's decision to withdraw from consideration to lead the Transportation Security Administration raises questions about the Obama administration's vetting process and the potential politicization of the presidential transition process, according to Homeland Security and presidential transition experts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Reaction to Erroll Southers's decision to withdraw

Reaction to Erroll Southers' decision to withdraw as President Obama's nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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TSA nominee Erroll Southers withdraws

Erroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration, has withdrawn his name from consideration, a Senate aide confirmed Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Eye Opener: Jan. 20, 2010

Happy Wednesday! And Happy one year anniversary to the Obama administration. Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. • More Obama Nominees Announced: On Tuesday the president tapped Jeffrey R. Moreland to serve as...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who attended Tuesday's White House Haiti meeting?

National Security Adviser James Jones will chair a principal's meeting Tuesday afternoon about the situation in Haiti. Here's a list of attendees, as provided by the White House:

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Brownie' critiques news coverage of Haiti quake

Michael D. Brown, the Katrina-era head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, panned news reports critical of the pace of response and recovery to last week's Haitian earthquake, urging patience as officials safely deploy teams across the country and arguing...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gates discusses terrorism with Indian leaders

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised India for showing "statesmanlike" behavior by not retaliating against Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai hotel attacks but said the United States was not directly involved in trying to broker peace between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chat With The Eye!

Highlights of Tuesday's Post Politics Hour, where virtually all of the queries focused on Tuesday's Massachusetts Senate race: Boston: Heading off to vote right now. Reading some of the comments and seeing some televised interviews of voters, I wonder what...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: Poll: Smaller gov't still preferred

Americans still favor less government in their everyday lives, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll released over the weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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FBI establishes toll free Haiti fraud line

Americans concerned with suspected Haitian earthquake fraud can now call a toll-free number or e-mail their concerns to federal officials. Concerned individuals with allegations of fraud may call (866) 720-5721, fax (225) 334-4707 or e-mail disaster@leo.gov. The phone number and...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 18, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where did Obama administration officials volunteer on MLK Day?

President Obama shakes hands with people before giving out meals at the So Others Might Eat dining room in Washington on Monday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) In addition to President and Mrs. Obama's visit to Washington's So Others Might Eat, several...

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 18, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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