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Federal Eye: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

'Feds Get Fit' cookbook released

A few readers inquired about the recipes mentioned in a recent story about the "Feds Get Fit" cookoff at the Office of Personnel Management.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 14, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Obama smacks Minerals Management Service

In a somewhat angry appearance from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said the agency is partly responsible for systemic breakdowns surrounding the April BP oil spill.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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New order of succession at USDA

Because folks in Washington actually like and care about this stuff, here's a look at the new order of succession at the Agriculture Department, as approved Thursday by President Obama.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 14, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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A government agency heads for the clouds

The folks keeping tabs on the economic stimulus program took a big technological step recently by moving the government's popular stimulus-tracking Web site to "the cloud."

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 14, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Customs chief failed to file paperwork for household help

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn't know he's required by law to file paperwork verifying his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Administration, Confirmation Hearings  
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Video: The Federal Eye on federal hiring rules

President Obama's planned changes to the federal hiring process have provoked plenty of interest and comments, especially in the Washington area, where a majority of folks are federal workers. The Federal Eye appeared Wednesday on Washington's "Fox 5 Morning...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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Parachute? Check. Vomit bag? Check.

(Video by Anna Uhls/Post) As a preview to this weekend's big air show at Andrews Air Force Base The Washington Post's Anna Uhls endures the twists, inverts, and falls of an Extra-300L aircraft with the National Guard's Lt. Colonel...

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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White House, BP unprepared for relationship in wake of oil spill

Within hours of the massive April 20 explosion on Deepwater Horizon, the U.S. government launched an urgent and carefully managed response to demonstrate its control of the emerging disaster, sending Coast Guard ships to the site, keeping the president informed and posting projections of how an oil spill might affect travel.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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House panel approves military pay raise

Lawmakers disregarded Defense Secretary Robert Gates's calls for fiscal restraint on Thursday, approving a military pay raise higher than President Obama and the Pentagon requested.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Poll signals trouble for government oil spill response

There's an interesting nugget in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll regarding the BP oil spill: 45 percent of respondents think the government hasn't done enough in response to the spill, while 43 percent say it has done enough. The numbers are a bit worse for British Petroleum; 50 percent say the company has not done enough, versus 37 percent who think it has.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 13, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Neil Armstrong, Eugene A. Cernan oppose Obama's NASA plans

The first and last Americans to walk on the moon reiterated opposition to President Obama's plans for the future of human space flight on Wednesday, arguing the president's vision lacks specifics and proper review.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Lawmakers ponder 'potty parity'

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday morning on legislation designed to develop a more equitable sexual balance in the number of toilets in federal buildings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Postal Service official to resign

The U.S. Postal Service official responsible for the popular "If it fits, it ships" advertising campaign is resigning and plans to return to the private sector.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Federal News Radio announces changes

Only in Washington would you find a radio station devoted to the federal workforce and their favorite topics of discussion: IT, human resources, contracting and management.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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SEC porn scandal continues with lawsuit

A Denver lawyer is suing the Securities and Exchange Commission for the names of agency workers disciplined in the last five years for viewing pornography on government computers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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U.K. civil servants ease Brown-Cameron transition

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for highlighting the important work of British public servants in the last six days:

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Public Service  
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'Potty Parity' hearing set for today

Lawmakers will spend a few hours on Wednesday worrying about restrooms. Specifically, restrooms in federal buildings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Minerals Management Service to undergo radical overhaul

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would radically overhaul the obscure government agency that oversees offshore drilling operations, under scrutiny since the oil rig explosion in the gulf.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post  
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House unites to call for federal workers' safety

House lawmakers unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution that expressed lawmakers' continued support for the safety and security of federal workers. The measure also called on the government to continue seeking ways to improve their protection.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 11, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama orders government to change its hiring practices

President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Tuesday that orders federal agencies “to overhaul the way they recruit and hire” civilians. “The complexity and inefficiency of today’s federal hiring process deters many highly qualified individuals from seeking and obtaining jobs in the federal government,” the president said.

By Joe Davidson  | May 11, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Chat with The Eye: Obama's federal hiring reforms; Elena Kagan's nomination

Highlights of Tuesday's Post Politics Hour, which focused primarily on President Obama's new federal hiring reforms and the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan:

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 11, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama issues hiring reform memo

President Obama is ordering federal agencies to make changes to how they recruit and hire new employees, stating that the complexities and inefficiencies of the federal hiring process have deterred qualified applicants from joining the federal payroll.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 11, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Salazar to split MMS into two agencies

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce Tuesday afternoon that he is splitting the embattled Minerals Management Service into two parts, according to an Interior Department official who asked not to be identified.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 11, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama wants to make federal hiring process faster

The time it takes to apply for a job with the federal government is expected to be cut in half in the next six months as President Obama plans to instruct agencies on Tuesday to radically overhaul the federal hiring process.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 11, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More trouble for census workers

A 14-year old teenager faces carjacking and first-degree kidnapping charges for stealing the car of a 50-year old U.S. Census Bureau employee in Connecticut, while Houston Police are investigating the killing of a man by a suspect that identified himself as a Census worker.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 10, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Census, Workplace Issues  
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BRAC to cause more congested commutes

Thousands of local residents likely to be impacted as plan to move more than 19,000 defense workers to far-flung sites along Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia by fall 2011 are expected to add thousands of car commuters to the region's road network, further clogging an area with the nation's second-worst traffic.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 10, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Postmaster General speaks out

The way Postmaster General John E. Potter sees it, he has less than six months to convince Congress and the nation of the urgent need to retool the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 9, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Betty White's Census 'SNL' sketch (Video)

Betty White and Tina Fey acted out what some census takers might be enduring as they attempt to count everyone on last night's "Saturday Night Live."

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 9, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Census  
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