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Federal Eye: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Fish and Wildlife Director Sam Hamilton dies unexpectedly

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam D. Hamilton died unexpectedly on Saturday during a ski trip in Colorado.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 20, 2010; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Friday Feedback: getting back into the groove after the snow

Some of this week's best reader comments from the most popular Federal Eye blog posts

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  About the Blog  
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Geithner sends note of support to IRS staffers

Updated 1:14 p.m. ET Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman expressed support for IRS employees in a message sent Thursday, following the plane crash at agency offices in Austin. IRS is a bureau of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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National Park gun ban ends on Monday

The federal government will lift long-standing restrictions on guns in national parks Monday, meaning that visitors with proper permits could pack heat along with camping and picnic gear to most of the 392 parks. The move concerns current and former employees of the National Park Service who are convinced that the move will damage the spirit of the nation's park system.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Attacks on IRS, employees are all too common

Attacks on the Internal Revenue Service and its employees similar to Thursday's small plane crash in Texas are common, according to federal records and investigations.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: The penny gets a makeover

Notice anything different about your pocket change? The nation's one-cent copper piece has a new backside.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  
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Wife of detained American government contractor in Cuba releases statement

Judy Gross is the wife of Alan P. Gross, a U.S. government contractor imprisoned in Havana for almost three months and accused by senior Cuban officials of being a spy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contracting, Video Report  
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Kathleen Sebelius on the bipartisan health-care meeting and H1N1

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks with The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart about the upcoming bipartisan health-care reform meeting, the H1N1 pandemic and more.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 18, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Health Care, Video Report  
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Austin plane crash: Basic details

A low-flying small plane crashed into an office building that houses the Internal Revenue Service in Austin on Thursday, in what appears to be an isolated incident committed by a lone individual.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 18, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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President Obama stars in new Census PSA

President Obama lends himself to a new public service announcement touting the decennial headcount, continuing a tradition started by his predecessors that also served at the start of a decade.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 18, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Census  
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How will you make up for last week?

As part of The Post's Federal Worker page, we ask a different question each week of our readers and plan to include the best responses in Friday's paper. You've still got time to participate this week. Here's the question: Will...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 18, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Eye Opener: Another look at fixing government

Happy Thursday! Just about everyone agrees that the federal government needs fixing, and a liberal think tank friendly with the Obama administration will start tackling that issue later today. The Center for American Progress -- a former employer of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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CPSC vows to crack down on defective cribs

Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, warned crib makers today that her agency is cracking down on defective equipment and will push through tougher federal requirements for cribs.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Census workers who did no work were paid

Thousands of workers hired last year for temporary positions by the U.S. Census Bureau were trained and paid but never worked for the agency, while others who fulfilled assignments overbilled for travel expenses, according to an audit released Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Census, From The Pages of The Post  
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What Gen. Petraeus learned from Rudy Giuliani

In the latest "On Leadership" video interview, Gen. David Petraeus tells The Post's David Ignatius what leadership lessons he's learned from Ulysses Grant, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch. "I remember...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Video Report  
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OPM to agency bosses: Patience please

As federal offices in the Washington region return to normal status on Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management has asked agency bosses for patience and understanding as workers balance tough commutes, kids in and out of school and backlogged workloads after the recent snowstorms.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Regulate this!

The Obama administration made it a little easier to track the federal rulemaking process on Tuesday with the launch of a new Web site.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Federal government open on Wednesday

In case there was any doubt, federal agencies in the Washington area will reopen as normal on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 4, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 16, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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The stimulus road tour continues

The Obama administration this week will dispatch 12 Cabinet secretaries, a handful of assistant and deputy secretaries and a few other agency administrators to more than 30 cities and towns in 18 states to mark the first anniversary of the economic stimulus plan.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 16, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Chat With The Eye!

Highlights of Tuesday's Post Politics Hour hosted by The Federal Eye, an hour devoted mostly about the retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 16, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Eye Opener: Another delayed start

Traffic backed up on Massachusetts Ave. NW last Friday night. (Deb Lindsey/Post) Happy Tuesday! The federal government will slowly ramp back up to full operating status today, but not before enduring another two hour delay and unscheduled leave for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Federal workers get delayed start Tuesday

Federal workers in the Washington area have two extra hours to get to work on Tuesday or may take unscheduled leave if necessary the Office of Personnel Management said Monday night.

By Post Editor  | February 15, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Eye Opener: Happy President's Day

Happy Monday and Happy Presidents Day! Enjoy the federal holiday and brush up on your presidential history by watching the video clip above. Blogging will be lighter today as The Federal Eye spends some quality time with Mrs. Eye...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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