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Federal Eye: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Taco Bell lobbies Federal Reserve for $2 bills

Taco Bell is pushing the Federal Reserve to start printing $2 bills once again, a half-serious effort also meant to promote the chain's $2 Meal Deal.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Friday Feedback: Obama's memos; Peter Orszag's war on computers; a 'Drudge Tax'; Postal boss out

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:

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Border Patrol union defends shooting that killed Mexican teen

The union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents is defending the actions of a colleague who shot and killed a Mexican teenager on Monday -- the second killing of a Mexican by U.S. agents in two weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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What about the other national cemeteries?

A watchdog report on a "dysfunctional" and chaotic management system at Arlington National Cemetery, with more than 100 (and maybe thousands more) unmarked graves confirms the worst fears of many who've monitored almost two years of award-winning reports about abuse at one of the nation's most important sites.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 11, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Washington region Postal Service boss out of a job after incident in Sterling

A top U.S. Postal Service official is out of a job following an incident last week in Sterling involving a female postal worker.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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TSA nominee Pistole pressed on labor issue by Republican senators

During a generally warm welcome at his confirmation hearing Thursday, two Republican senators pressed John S. Pistole, President Obama’s latest nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration, to reject collective bargaining rights for airport screeners.

By Joe Davidson  | June 10, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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The government's Gulf Coast oil spill Web sites

As Day 52 (!!) of the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster continues, take a gander at the Web efforts launched in the recent weeks to inform the public about the federal response:

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama orders cuts in federal building costs, could affect thousands of leases

By The Post's Ed O'Keefe and Jonathan O'Connell: It soon could be lights out at thousands of government buildings across the country with President Obama scheduled to sign a memo Thursday ordering federal agencies to cut $8 billion worth of...

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, Budget  
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Peter Orszag wants an upgrade

Let there be no doubt: Peter Orszag has declared war on the government's computers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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State eases rules for changing gender on passports

Under the new policy, which takes effect Thursday, a doctor must attest that the person is undergoing clinical treatment for gender transition, State said. Limited-validity passports will also be available to applicants in the process of gender transition, the department added.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2010; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Most Defense workers earned more from NSPS switch

Almost three-quarters of the Defense Department employees who have been moved from its ill-fated pay for performance system received a pay increase when they returned to the General Schedule pay system that covers most federal workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Postal Service, 'Toy Story 3' team up

Do not adjust your television: The U.S. Postal Service is co-starring with characters from the "Toy Story 3" movie in a new 30-second television commercial.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama issuing memos of all sorts

Take a look back at the last few weeks, and it seems the White House is issuing orders to federal agencies at a feverish pace.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation

A package of decorative eggs prompted a grenade scare and the evacuation of an Atlanta federal building on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Orszag: Government can improve efficiency with technology upgrade

Polls show that two-thirds of taxpayers are pretty sure the government is wasting their money. And White House budget director Peter Orszag thinks he knows why: decrepit systems and facilities compared with the private sector.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another look at federal workers' pay

The CATO Institute has released its latest in what has become a series of reports about "Overpaid Federal Workers," as the current installment is titled.

By Multiplatform Editor  | June 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pentagon once again nixes Navy name change

Citing costs and a potential impact on morale, the Defense Department has once again declined to support legislation that would change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Chat With The Eye: Super Duper Tuesday; Elena Kagan; John McCain, George W. Bush, Rand Paul and Brooks and Dunn

Tuesday's Post Politics Hour took a decidedly political bent as dozens of primaries are held on this Super Duper Tuesday. Read highlights of the chat below:

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Government workers care for whooping cranes

The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America, and an endangered species.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Poll: Little confidence in federal decisionmaking

Looks like the potential negative impact of the BP oil spill might be felt well beyond the White House, Interior Department and Minerals Management Service.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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An award-winning park ranger talks about National Park Service changes

The National Park Service will honor Ranger Scott Emmerich on Tuesday evening as the recipient of this year’s Harry Yount Award, the agency’s highest honor for park rangers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 7, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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FOIA requests dropped in 2009

Formal requests for federal data and information dropped by more than 47,000 in fiscal 2009 compared with the previous year, a drop the Obama administration ties to its decision to post more government data online.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 7, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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That painting over there? The GSA might want it.

Government watchdogs spend most of their time tracking allegations of waste, fraud and abuse, but some investigators pursue long-lost or stolen government art.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Greece's economic crisis strands National Mall's MLK Jr. Memorial

The Greeks' offer was a gracious one: The giant pieces of sculpture for Washington's new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial needed to be transported from China. Perhaps Greece, with its large shipping industry and admiration for the civil rights leader, could arrange for vessels to move the monument for free.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Miscellaneous  
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Is the government pushing a 'Drudge Tax'?

Contrary to recent suggestions, the Federal Trade Commission is not pushing for a new tax on online news stars like Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington... at least not yet.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Is federal job security a thing of the past? (Video)

Is federal job security a thing of the past thanks to Republican proposals to cut government jobs and freeze pay? Maybe not, but The Federal Eye appeared on Friday's "Fox 5 Morning News" to discuss several GOP cost-cutting proposals.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 6, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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