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Federal Eye: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Bauer to assume ethics, transparency responsibilities

White House Counsel Robert Bauer will assume responsibilities for lobbying, transparency, government reform and a host of other government operations issues once White House ethics adviser Norman Eisen departs for his new role as ambassador to the Czech Republic, senior administration officials confirmed Friday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 6, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Contest for Peace Corps' 50th anniversary

By The Post's Lisa Rein The Peace Corps is turning 50, and an advocacy group, The National Peace Corps Association, is sponsoring an international video competition to honor the milestone: Contestants are asked to submit a one- to two-minute video...

By Lisa Rein  | August 6, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Grassley: National Science Foundation porn problem hasn't been solved

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has restarted his campaign against porn-watching at the National Science Foundation. Politico reports

By Rachel Weiner  | August 6, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Agencies and Departments  
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Postal commission gets 12,000 responses on five-day delivery

The Postal Regulatory Commission says it has received more than 12,000 letters,cards, e-mails and faxes so far in response to its request for public comment on possible five-day delivery

By Lisa Rein  | August 6, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Eye Opener  
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Postal Service lost $3.5 billion in third quarter

By The Post's Lisa Rein The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.5 billion in the third quarter of the year and may have trouble making payments for health benefits for future retirees, officials said Thursday. Losses for the quarter that ended...

By Lisa Rein  | August 5, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Postal Service announces $3.5 billion loss for third quarter

As expected, the U.S. Postal Service announced bad news today: They ended the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 (April 1 – June 30) with a net loss of $3.5 billion, compared with a net loss of $2.4 billion for the same quarter last year. Third-quarter mail volume totaled 40.9 billion pieces – down approximately 700 million pieces, or 1.7 percent, compared to a year ago.

By Rachel Weiner  | August 5, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Postal Service board to meet: larger deficit expected

By Lisa Rein The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce a larger deficit for the third quarter of 2010 than postal officials expected and discuss efforts to take costs out of the system. The Board of...

By Lisa Rein  | August 5, 2010; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Agriculture secretary announces broadband projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that federal stimulus money will pay to bring broadband service to rural residents in 38 states and Native American tribal areas. A total of 126 broadband projects will move forward, a government commitment of $1.2 billion, plus another $117 million in private investment.

By Lisa Rein  | August 4, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama orders freeze on bonuses, rewards for fed political appointees

Belt-tightening move outlined in presidential memo affects political appointees

By Lisa Rein  | August 4, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  
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GAO responds to criticism of Social Security audit

The Government Accountability Office is strongly defending its new audit of potentially improper or fraudulent Social Security benefits payments to thousands of federal workers and other individuals.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 4, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Oversight  
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Audit: Almost 1,500 feds received improper Social Security benefits

Almost 1,500 federal workers may have received improper or fraudulent Social Security payments in the last several years, according to a government audit disputed by the Social Security Administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 3, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama tells vets he is keeping promise on Iraq withdrawal

By The Post's Lisa Rein Obama tells vets that end of Iraq war is imminent. In other news, More than 18,000 federal workers have weighed in to the Office of Management and Budget with ideas for saving money and...

By Lisa Rein  | August 3, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget, Eye Opener  
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Postal Service starts hiring freeze for administrative jobs

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is freezing hiring and promotions for all administrative positions at post offices, field offices and its Washington headquarters until further notice as it tries to stave off further losses from slumping revenues and mail volume.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 2, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rand Paul: Government should not regulate mine industry

By The Post's Lisa Rein Rand Paul, the Republican Senate candidate in Kentucky, said in an interview that government should not regulate the mine industry. See his comments in Details's magazine http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/08/rand-paul-government-should-no.html...

By Lisa Rein  | August 2, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama to address vets on Iraq withdrawal

Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama's health care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare

By Lisa Rein  | August 2, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener  
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