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Federal Eye: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Census created 411,000 jobs in May

The U.S. Census Bureau created 411,000 jobs in the month of May -- an overwhelming majority of the jobs created last month.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 4, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Census  
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Enjoy your weekend!

The Federal Eye is taking Friday off, but will blog if news of great significance breaks out. In the meantime, enjoy your Friday and your weekend and blogging will resume as normal on Monday. Track The Post's federal government...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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NSA chief: U.S. carefully monitoring military computer networks for sabotage

The U.S. government is seeing "hints" that adversaries are targeting military networks for "remote" sabotage, the head of the Pentagon's recently launched Cyber Command said Tuesday in his first public remarks since being confirmed last month.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Military  
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FBI worker pleads guilty to child porn possession

An FBI information technology employee pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal district court in Virginia to possessing child pornography, authorities said Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Another GOP bill calls for government job cuts

Yet another Republican lawmaker is trying to trim fat off the federal payrolls. This time it's Rep. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), one of several Republican members of the House Budget Committee pushing a package of government spending cuts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Study: Telework worked during snowstorms

Obama administration officials want Congress to approve more telework options for federal workers, arguing that the government could save millions of dollars in lost productivity during bad weather if employees could work from home in between shoveling snow and entertaining cabin fevered children.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Obama extends more benefits to gay federal workers

President Obama extended on Wednesday a wider range of benefits to the same-sex partners of eligible federal workers, including access to medical treatment, relocation assistance, credit unions and fitness centers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Labor Dept. awards $15M grant to help displaced space workers

The Labor Department issued a $15 million grant on Tuesday for about 3,200 contractors slated to lose their jobs later this year when work ends on NASA's Space shuttle program.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Study: Defense Dept. pay-for-performance system 'flawed'

The pay and personnel system for Defense Department intelligence units demonstrates the difference between theory and practice.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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OPM extends long-term care to same-sex partners

The same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers can start applying for long term health care insurance starting July 1, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Audit: Justice Department clueless on WMD attack

The FBI looks ready for a chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attack, but the rest of the Justice Department “is not prepared,” according to a blistering audit released Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Census Bureau's Detroit boss replaced

The longtime regional Census Bureau director in Detroit has been replaced, but census officials are declining to discuss the reasons behind the unusual move, which comes in the middle of census season.

By Carol Morello  | June 1, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Census  
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Conservative activist James O'Keefe alleges fraud by Census Bureau

Conservative muckraker James O'Keefe (no relation to this blogger) is raising questions about hiring and payment policies at the U.S. Census Bureau, saying he was hired in late April and overpaid for completing training courses.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
Categories:  Census  
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Hill staffer Bhalotra to White House cyber team

By The Post's Ellen Nakashima in 44: Sameer Bhalotra, an expert among Congressional aides on all things cyber - from protecting computer systems from attack to oversight of spy agencies that break into enemy networks - is heading to the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Orszag: Be empirical and resilient

The Obama administration's self-professed top geek traveled north to The Federal Eye's home region over the weekend to deliver remarks at the 204th commencement at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York's Capital Region.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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Gulf Coast oil spill: Day 43 update

President Obama meets Tuesday with the co-chairs of his BP Oil Spill Commission at the White House before making a statement about the ongoing federal response to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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The man in charge of U.S. military cemeteries

The Eye spoke last week with Steve Muro, who serves as acting undersecretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, putting him in charge of 131 national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 31, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration  
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