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Federal Eye: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Biden to visit National Parks next week

The Obama administration seems to have a new found love for National Parks: Vice President Biden will head to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon next week to check on stimulus-funded projects that are putting more than 1,000 people to work, the White House said.

By Lisa Rein  | July 23, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Administration, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Navy women reach new heights

The submarine school in Groton, Conn., will include 19 women this year, the first group since the Navy lifted its ban on women serving on submarines.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Military  
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Pentagon workers tied to child porn

The Boston Globe reports that federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors who used their government computers to purchase and download child porn.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Military  
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'Don't ask' critic Dan Choi honorably discharged

One of the most vocal critics of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy has been honorably discharged in violation of the policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military  
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Republicans fail to subpoena White House official

A House subcommittee hearing on the government's open government and social media policy was briefly delayed Thursday after Republicans demanded the panel subpoena a White House official to answer questions about a White House official's use of a private e-mail accounts to conduct official business.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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President Obama calls Shirley Sherrod

Fired U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod wants to hear directly from President Obama that he and his administration are fully committed to fighting discrimination against Black farmers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Administration  
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Tests of vets potentially infected with HIV continues

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to test more than 1,800 military veterans potentially infected with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Obama signs improper payments law

With financial regulatory reform in the bag, President Obama briefly turns his attention to government spending reform on Thursday when he signs a bill requiring federal agencies and departments to crack down on improper payments.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Contracting, Eye Opener  
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Shirley Sherrod receives apologies from White House, Vilsack

Ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was portrayed as a racist in a selectively excerpted Internet video, on Wednesday achieved something almost unheard of in overheated Washington: swift and utter vindication.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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CIA names new head of clandestine service

John D. Bennett, a CIA veteran who served as station chief in Pakistan until 2009 and who has had numerous other overseas postings, has been appointed head of the agency's National Clandestine Service, Director Leon E. Panetta announced Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Statue of Liberty evacuated, reopened

Visitors evacuated the Statue of Liberty Wednesday afternoon due to smoke caused by an elevator motor, according to the National Park Service.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Adapting 'Old Spice' success to government

If you haven't watched the Old Spice TV/Internet ads, you're missing one of the most successful viral campaigns in history.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  What Would You Do?, Workplace Issues  
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Starving artist? Paint Mike Mullen's portrait!

Can you paint a pretty picture? Get your bids in now! The Pentagon is seeking an eager, willing and capable artist to paint Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen's official portrait.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Contracting, Military  
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Tom Vilsack, USDA and civil rights

To understand why Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack so quickly called on Shirley Sherrod to resign, let's go back to February 2009.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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Shirley Sherrod's situation, considered (Audio)

The Federal Eye joined Michele Norris on NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss Shirley Sherrod's resignation from the U.S. Agriculture Department following the release of a clip of a speech she gave in March to an NAACP local chapter. Listen...

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Video Report  
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Clapper grilled on plans for intelligence community

President Obama's nominee to oversee the nation's intelligence community faces tough questioning during his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on the expansion of top-secret agencies and contracts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings  
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Obama urges federal workers to commute less

President Obama wants federal workers to take a bike, bus or subway to work more often and is ordering agencies to make their offices a safer place to work.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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BP oil spill winners and losers (Video)

The Federal Eye joined Steve Chenevey on Tuesday's "Fox 5 Morning News" to discuss the winners and losers from the federal government's response to the BP oil spill. Agree or disagree with the picks? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
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Watchdogs criticize sentence for Scott J. Bloch

Watchdog groups are criticizing a probation sentence for the former head of a whistleblower protection office who withheld information from Congress about files he ordered be erased from office computers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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NAACP, White House respond to ouster of USDA worker Shirley Sherrod

A U.S. Agriculture Department official from Georgia resigned late Monday after she was caught on tape admitting that she had not helped a farmer as much as she could have because he was white.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (535)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Postal worker delivers mail, saves lives (Video)

Keith McVey's friends joke the humble mailman should wear a cape. During more than two decades of delivering mail in northeast Ohio, he has helped save the lives of three people. Watch his story above.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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Obama orders federal workplace safety improvements

President Obama on Monday ordered federal agencies to make changes to their workplace safety policies, laying the groundwork for a four-year effort.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Long pants for most park rangers, heat or no heat

If you happen to run into a National Park Service park ranger this week, you might want to buy them a cold drink. Though most Washingtonians are suffering through the summer heat, at least you don't have to do so in long wool pants.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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FEMA launches new mobile site

A tornado rips through your neighborhood and destroys your house. Or maybe a hurricane floods it. Chances are you're unable to sit down at your computer to file claims for federal disaster assistance, right?

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 19, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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The Federal Eye on 'Top Line' (Video)

The Federal Eye appeared Monday on ABC's "Top Line" to discuss The Washington Post's ">Top Secret America" project and the lingering items on the Congressional to-do list with Rick Klein and Jonathan Karl.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 19, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget  
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Reminder: SAVE Awards ideas due Thursday

Federal workers have until Thursday to compete in the second annual SAVE Award, the Obama administration’s effort to solicit rank and file suggestions on how the government can improve operations and trim its bottom line.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 19, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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BP oil spill: Winners and losers

Just as The Federal Eye finalized his list of the winners and losers from the federal government's response to the BP oil spill, oil once again started seeping near the capped well on Sunday. So while any discussion of potential winners and losers may come a bit early, the sense of hopelessness along the Gulf Coast is easing -- and Washington loves talking about who's up and down.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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ICE's whistle-blower 'witch hunt' must stop, union says

The union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers is accusing the agency of unfairly targeting an agent investigators apparently suspect of leaking information about controversial arrest quotas to the media.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 18, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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