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Federal Eye: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Panel: Lovelorn NASA astronaut should go

The NASA astronaut who drove from Houston to Orlando to confront her rival in a love triangle should be separated from the Navy with a less-than-honorable discharge, a panel recommended on Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Military, Workplace Issues  
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Original Magna Carta and replica get a cleaning

An elaborate gilded presentation case atop a sandstone pedestal, the Magna Carta display has resided in the Rotunda since 1976, when it was given as a gift to Congress by the British Parliament as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Nuts and Bolts  
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Library of Congress pays $250K in sex suit

Officials with the Library of Congress have agreed to pay $250,000 to an employee who sued over alleged sexual harassment by the former top law librarian.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Gov't repaying more student loans for employees

Critics of the federal government's generous pay and benefits programs have been handed some helpful fodder: 36 federal agencies provided 8,454 federal workers with more than $61.8 million in student loan repayments in 2009, according to government statistics released Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Kudos to federal workers helping a deaf colleague

An e-mail forwarded to The Federal Eye this week demonstrates the lengths to which some federal workers are willing to go to recruit and retain qualified colleagues who also happen to be disabled.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Alberto Gonzales on the 14th Amendment

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales writes in this Sunday's Washington Post about his opposition to conservative proposals to amend the 14th Amendment.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post  
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Obama makes four recess appointments

President Obama made four recess appointments on Thursday for nominees that have waited an average of 303 days for confirmation, the White House said.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Officials investigating threat against American Airlines flight

Federal officials are investigating a telephone threat made earlier today against an American Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport bound for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Issa: 'I will be able to take on everybody'

Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, doesn't mince words in a new National Review interview, promising to take full advantage of his Congressional subpoena power if the GOP wins a House majority in November.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Are .gov sites pushing propaganda?

Are government Web sites providing factual non-biased information or pushing the Obama administration's propaganda?

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Tom Vilsack says he'll meet with Shirley Sherrod

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes to meet soon with ousted department official Shirley Sherrod, but he's not quite sure when it will happen.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration  
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Federal pay critics keep the debate alive

Critics of the federal government's pay and benefits structure are keeping the debate alive, arguing that the Obama administration's defense of public sector wages is misguided and fails to address other issues.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Sebelius gives Trinity freshmen some tips

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopped by freshmen orientation at Trinity Washington University in D.C. on Tuesday to talk with the Class of 2014.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration  
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CIA creates new counter-proliferation center

The CIA announced plans Wednesday to create a counter-proliferation center that would combine analysts and operatives in an effort to bolster the agency's work against the spread of dangerous weapons technology.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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OPM responds to new HR survey

A new survey of the government's top human resource officials reveals some concerns they have with the Office of Personnel Management, which handles federal HR issues.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Personnel officials identify obstacles to federal hiring reforms

President Obama's ambitious plans to reform the federal hiring process are in danger of being stalled by a corps of personnel staffers who are not equipped to do the job.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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The Obama administration is headed to the fair

Wonder why no one's Washington this month? Because they're all playing hooky at the fair.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Eye Opener  
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State Dept., USAID urge Pakistan flood aid

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are once again encouraging Americans to donate money to a natural disaster beyond U.S. borders, this time seeking financial assistance for the survivors of Pakistan's historic floods.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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White House easing travel restrictions to Cuba?

The White House is preparing a package of measures that would expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba and send money there, congressional and Obama administration officials said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The private vs. public pay debate (Video)

The Federal Eye joined Tuesday's "Fox 5 Morning News" to discuss the ongoing debate about studies suggesting federal workers earn more than double their private sector counterparts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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The Federal Eye on Pentagon pollution and the Postal Service (Video)

The Federal Eye discusses the Pentagon's base cleanup efforts and plans to sell Postal Service products at Office Depot.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
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New diversity plan for the Interior Department

The Interior Department is implementing new workplace rules for diversity and inclusion amid years of reports that it hasn't done a good job hiring and promoting minorities.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Big chunk of economic stimulus still unspent

As Americans puzzle over why the economic stimulus package enacted more than a year ago has failed to restore vigorous job growth, one explanation has emerged from new reports: A lot of the money is not yet out the door.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Who gets discharged under 'don't ask, don't tell'?

The military threw out hundreds of service members in 2009 for violating its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, including disproportionate numbers of women and minorities and dozens of service members in "mission critical" positions, according to a new analysis.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Military  
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Gates retiring? Don't bet on it.

For a man who came into his post reluctantly and as a purported short-timer, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is turning into more and more of a fixture at the Pentagon.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Revolving Door  
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Office Depot to sell Postal Service products

Despite widespread opposition to closing post offices, the U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to move its retail footprint beyond the post office, announcing a deal Monday with Office Depot.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Robert Gates to retire in 2011

The Defense Secretary tells Foreign Policy Magazine that he'll leave before the 2012 elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Military, Revolving Door  
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Officials defending federal pay levels

Election season and a bad economy are making roadkill out of federal workers’ salaries. Some newspapers, Republicans and conservative think tanks are inveighing against feds they say are making a killing compared with their counterparts in the private sector.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Pentagon slow to clean up bases, report says

After more than 20 years of disagreements the Defense Department is still resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military, Turf War  
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