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Federal Eye: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Friday Feedback: The Postal Service; NHTSA and GOP; the presidential transition; diversity on Capitol Hill

A sampling of some of the comments from this week's most popular Federal Eye items. The thoughts expressed below do not represent the views of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post: Regarding a new GAO report on the Postal...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  About the Blog  
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Last day to mail your Census form

This is it: Unless you want some stranger to visit your home, today is the last day to mail your 2010 Census form back in the mail.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Census  | Tags:  Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, Executive Branch, Government, Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Census Bureau, United States, United States Census Bureau  
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Congress repays furloughed DOT workers

Last night's vote to extend jobless benefits until June also provided compensation for the almost 2,000 Transportation Department workers furloughed last month amid disagreements about how to pay for the bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Workplace Issues  | Tags:  Ray LaHood, Tom Coburn, Transportation Department, Unemployment benefits, United States, United States Congress, United States Department of Transportation  
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Eye Opener: Obama administration and gay rights

Happy Friday! President Obama decision to mandate visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians adds to a growing list of actions -- big, small and ceremonial -- taken by the federal government at the behest of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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Postal Service chief seeks congressional support for changes to mail service

The Postmaster General appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to defend his call for greater flexibility to cut Saturday mail deliveries, raise postage rates and potentially close or consolidate thousands of post offices. The plans also call for cutting tens of thousands of jobs through attrition and layoffs.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Obama calls for tougher enforcement of mine-safety laws

President Obama faulted federal regulators and a major coal-mining company Thursday for lapses that led to last week's West Virginia mine explosion, which killed 29 miners. He pledged to investigate its causes and strengthen laws and federal oversight of the nation's mines.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Post offices open late tonight for tax filing

Five post offices in the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia are open later tonight for Americans looking to get tax returns in the mail by the end of the day.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Video: The Federal Eye talks mine safety on PBS

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) asked all underground coal mines in his state to halt production for one day, so that workers can review safety issues in the wake of the April 5 explosion.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: 2010 Tax Day highlights, freebies

It's a big day for the Internal Revenue Service, which will inevitably process more than 224 million tax returns and north of $2 trillion in revenue. Interestingly, the agency said it spends about 44 cents for each $100 collected.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  | Tags:  April 15, Tax Day, Tax Day freebies 2010  
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Senators want presidential transition to start sooner

A bipartisan quartet on Wednesday introduced the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act, designed to remove the stigma of presumptuousness or inevitability surrounding transition efforts undertaken during the heat of a presidential campaign, they said, adding that national security and economic concerns also justify their efforts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Administration, Congress  
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Tammy Duckworth on 'mommy platoon leader'

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. In our latest installment of the "On Leadership" video interview series, Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth explains why women are "already leading" in combat: I think the biggest lesson I learned as a leader...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report  
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Eye Opener: House establishes diversity task force

Happy Wednesday! Following a recent study that found a serious lack of minorities on Capitol Hill, House Democratic and Republican leaders plan to tackle rank and file concerns with a series of moves. On Tuesday leaders established a diversity...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  | Tags:  Coal mining, Democratic, Government Agencies, Harry Reid, Labor Department, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Nancy Pelosi, National Football League, Services, United States, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, Workers' compensation  
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Mine safety agency faulted on choice to lead probe into explosion

By The Post's Steven Mufson and David Fahrenthold: After a coal mine explosion that killed five people in 2006, an internal review by the Mine Safety and Health Administration sharply criticized its own inspection process. It said many safety flaws...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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The Muppets take the Pentagon

"Sesame Street" stars Jesse, Elmo and Rosita stopped by the Pentagon on Tuesday for a special screening of their special, "When Families Grieve," which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Applicants with criminal records challenge census job-screening practices

By The Post's Carol Morello: Two job applicants with minor criminal records have gone to court to challenge the way the Census Bureau screens applicants for work as census takers. In a class action suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  | Tags:  African American, Bronx, Census, Census Bureau, Native Americans in the United States, New York, United States, United States Census Bureau  
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Eye Opener: NHTSA won't give GOP Toyota docs

Happy Tuesday! A top House Republican is accusing the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration of withholding documents regarding what Toyota knew about mechanical problems with its vehicles before the issue became an international embarrassment for the company. Rep....

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener, Oversight  | Tags:  Darrell Issa, Edolphus Towns, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota, United States, United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, White House  
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2010 census response rates lag in cities, rural areas

Residents of big cities and rural areas are lagging in returning their census questionnaires, but at least two states and hundreds of smaller jurisdictions have already surpassed the rate they achieved in 2000, Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves said Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  | Tags:  Census, Kentucky, Mail, North Carolina, Percentage point, Robert Groves, South Carolina, United States  
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Video: 'SNL' mocks Obama and the Census

The real President Obama filled out his 2010 census form a few weeks ago, but "Saturday Night Live" joked about the process over the weekend. The questions answered above are what some Americans fear are on the form, for...

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Census  
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List of Obama's Friday departures grows

Did you hear about Dawn Johnsen? President Obama's pick to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel bowed out of consideration on Friday afternoon, in the shadow of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's decision to announce his retirement.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Revolving Door  
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Drivers say Washington traffic gone from bad to worse

This story in Monday's Post surely will get the federal government's telework advocates talking

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  | Tags:  Business, Federal government of the United States, Telecommuting, Traffic congestion, Transportation and Logistics, United States, Washington Post, Work, telecommute  
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GAO: Postal Service business 'not viable'

The U.S. Postal Service's current business model "is not viable" and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (231)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  | Tags:  Congress, Government, Gulf War, John E. Potter, Persian Gulf War, Postal Service, Tom Carper, United States, United States Congress, United States Postal Service  
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