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Federal Eye: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Daughter of U.S. ambassador dies in a high-rise fall

Nicole John, daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John, died early Friday morning after falling out of a high-rise Manhattan apartment building, according to local news reports.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Hillary Clinton's longer hairdo earns kudos

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as further proof that women do not have to kowtow to expectations, rules of thumb or other quietly bullying cultural assumptions, The Post's fashion guru Robin Givhan opines today.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration  
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New statistics on disabled workers

As the Obama administration pledges to hire more people with disabilities, some new numbers suggest the percentage of disabled American workers employed in the public sector is on par with the percentage of workers who are not disabled.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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FEMA's Craig Fugate on the Katrina's 5th anniversary

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate answered reader questions about how the agency has changed since Hurricane Katrina.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wanda Sykes on government contracting

What exactly is a government procurement specialist? Comedian Wanda Sykes provided a good answer on Wednesday night during an interview on "Larry King Live."

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Contracting  
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How to host a rally on the Mall

So you want to host an event on the National Mall? Plan ahead and budget at least $50.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Nuts and Bolts  
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Pentagon to meet with gay partners of some troops

Members of a Pentagon working group reviewing a potential repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy will meet next month with the gay and lesbian partners of some troops.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Military  
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Why are Democrats scared of government reform?

Big government has become the big issue on the campaign trail as Republicans look for ways of tying the sluggish economy to the Democrats, longtime government observer Paul Light says.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Oversight  
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FEMA's Michael Brown, five years later

Most Americans first learned of Michael D. Brown about five years ago when George W. Bush declared, "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job." But the former FEMA administrator was out of a job within days.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Craig Fugate refocusing a chastened FEMA

By The Federal Eye in Thursday's Post: W. Craig Fugate's corner office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sparse: a few family photos, a couple of blue and orange mementos from his beloved University of Florida Gators, and not...

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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Kermit the Frog heads to the Smithsonian

The Eye's favorite Muppet has a permanent home here in Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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10 things I learned about Craig Fugate

Here are some interesting facts about FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A 'top secret' job fair in D.C. area (Video)

There's been a major increase in government jobs and contractor positions that require secret clearances since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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Dollars and visits to mark Katrina anniversary

The Obama administration is doling out millions in new reconstruction grants and deploying top officials as the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Eye Opener  
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Vilsack e-mails USDA staffers about Sherrod

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack e-mailed USDA staffers on Tuesday evening about his meeting earlier today with ousted official Shirley Sherrod. The message describe his meeting with her and the steps his office is taking to ensure a similarly embarrassing incident doesn't happen again:

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Shirley Sherrod declines USDA job

Ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod is scheduled to meet today with her former boss, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Military bands on Gates's chopping block?

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates frequently makes the point that Congress funds Defense Department personnel far more easily than it does State Department employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Budget, Military  
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Grand problems at Grand Canyon?

A series of man-made threats could cause serious problems for Grand Canyon National Park in the coming years, according to a new report by a conservation group.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 24, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to appear together at Shanksville memorial

In their first joint appearance of the Obama administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at a memorial service in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed, the White House said today.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration  
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Military surveys spouses on 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Pentagon wants to know whether spouses would urge their husbands or wives to leave the military if it repeals "don't ask, don't tell," and how they might behave at social functions if an openly gay couple attends.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military  
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