Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Federal Eye: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

The Federal Eye on the week in politics and the federal snow days

Is bipartisanship dead in Washington? And how much make up work will the federal government have after four snow days? Those were the topics du jour when The Federal Eye guested on Friday's "Top Line" show at ABCNews.com, co-hosted...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Video Report  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

OPM chief John Berry defends Friday work decision

Despite a difficult Friday commute for many federal workers, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry defended his decision to keep federal offices open Friday, saying safety and government operations are the only factors he considers when making such decisions.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

CDC: Swine flu made 57 million Americans ill

About 57 million Americans, or slightly over 18 percent of the population, have contracted pandemic H1N1 influenza since April, federal public health officials said Friday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Commandant: Coast Guard will reduce operations to overhaul its fleet

The U.S. Coast Guard will risk a drop in readiness to fulfill its top priority -- replacing obsolescent ships and planes -- within its slimmed-down 2011 budget proposed by President Obama, its commandant, Adm. Thad W. Allen, said Friday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

After four days away, federal workers report a frightful commute

Federal workers who attempted to get to the office on Friday faced poorly plowed roads, lengthy backups and then, most nerve-wracking of all, a Metro derailment in downtown Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The IRS as a TV star?

The Internal Revenue Service is set to appear as the backdrop for a new Fox television series produced by "Happy Days" alum Ron Howard, according to news reports.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Friday Feedback: Federal snow days, Scott Brown and the feds, nominees confirmed

Some of the best reader feedback from The Federal Eye's most popular week ever.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  About the Blog  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye Opener: Support for 'don't ask' repeal grows

Happy Friday! Americans are increasingly comfortable with gay men and lesbians openly serving in the U.S. military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Senate confirms 27 nominees after Obama threatens recess appointments

The Senate confirmed 27 executive branch nominees on Thursday night after President Obama threatened earlier in the day to use recess appointments for some of the long-stalled picks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 11, 2010; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Back to work for the feds on Friday

Washington area federal offices will open on Friday with a two-hour delayed arrival and with unscheduled leave policy in effect, following a week of record snow fall.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 11, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

OPM's John Berry: President's Day holiday not cancelled

Monday's President's Day federal holiday will not be cancel, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said Thursday during a washingtonpost.com live chat.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Administration  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye Opener: Talking telework

After four straight snow days, now seems as good a time as any to talk seriously about teleworking options for federal workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 11, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Federal government shutdown extends to Thursday

Federal agencies in Washington will close on Thursday for a fourth straight day -- taking the week-long shutdown of the government into uncharted territory.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

What should OPM do about Thursday?

Near white-out conditions at the U.S. Capitol as employees try to clear snow from stairs and walkways. (Linda Davidson/Post) We've only got a few hours left before the Office of Personnel Managment is likely to decide what to do...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

ACLU suit says TSA detained student over Arabic flashcards

A Pomona College student filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that he was abusively interrogated, handcuffed and detained for five hours at Philadelphia International Airport in August because he carried a set of English-Arabic flashcards as part of his college language studies.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Republicans mail another 'Census' form

The National Republican Congressional Committee again has sent supporters a mailer with the word "Census" featured prominently throughout the document.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Census, Congress  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Op-ed knocks Scott Brown's comments on federal workers

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) should consider federal workers a useful resource instead of a taxpayer expense, according to an op-ed published in today's Boston Globe.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Would you telework if you could?

As a blizzard bears down on the Washington region and the federal government remains closed for a third day, it's worth asking again: Does your federal office encourage telework? What would be the effect on the workforce and productivity if...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  What Would You Do?, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye Opener: Mail service suspended in D.C. area

A drop in holiday mail volume contributed to a $297 million net quarterly loss for the Postal Service in late 2009, officials said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye on the woman who signs your money

The Federal Eye relaunches the "Eye On..." series today with a video profile of Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye On..., Video Report  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Federal government closed on Wednesday

Federal offices will close on Wednesday for a third straight day, the longest run of snow days for Washington-area federal workers since 1996.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Craig Becker, nominated for NLRB, rejected by Senate

Craig Becker, one of President Obama's nominees to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, was rejected by the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

New GSA administrator answers the call -- literally

Talk about phoning it in! Newly minted General Services Administrator Martha N. Johnson was formally sworn into office on Sunday evening -- by telephone.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

OPM Web site crushed by high traffic

The OPM site had more than 6.1 million visits on Monday between 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra.The site earns approximately 500,000 hits on a normal day.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Postal Service plans normal Tuesday service

The U.S. Postal Service plans to deliver the mail as normal across the Washington region on Tuesday, despite the snowbanks, slushy roads and a perilous forecast.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye Opener: For the feds going to work today

A man rides his bicycle towards the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday. (Reuters) Updated 9:12 a.m. ET Happy Tuesday! And Happy Federal Snow Day 2.0! But many federal employees still have to show up for work today, despite...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 9, 2010; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Federal government closed on Tuesday

Victor Zabielski cross country skis past the White House on Monday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Here we go again: The federal government will close Tuesday, as the region continues to clean up after the weekend snowstorm and prepares for another round...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The Federal Eye makes a Tuesday prediction...

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Watch the video above as The Federal Eye predicts the federal government's operating status for Tuesday. Will D.C.-area offices close again? Or operate with unscheduled leave? Maybe an early dismissal? Watch above then leave your...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Video Report, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

NOAA reorganizes to provide more info on global warming

By The Post's environment reporter Juliet Eilperin: The Obama administration proposed a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Service on Monday, reorganizing the agency so it can provide Americans with predictions on how global warming will affect everything from...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

2011 Budget: Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon 'slow jam' the details

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams showed up on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday to, um, er.... "slow jam" details of President Obama's 2011 budget plan.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Poor reviews for Census Super Bowl ad

Updated 3:53 p.m. ET Media critics seem to agree: The U.S. Census Bureau should keep to counting people and stay out of the advertising business. The agency spent $2.5 million on a 30-second ad that aired during the third...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Census  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Eye Opener: Should the government close Tuesday?

Washington area federal offices are closed today, which means the region's largest employer will keep most workers away from the office.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Federal Government Closed on Monday

The federal government will be closed on Monday in the Washington area, according to the Office of Personnel Management, as the region continues to plow out of an historic snowstorm. OPM Director John Berry decides when to close federal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 7, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company