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Federal Eye: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Labor Secretary address workers on eve of Labor Day

"Many of you have told me you want an America that produces things again"-Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.

By Lisa Rein  | September 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

The massive fundraising campaign for federal workers kicks off this week.

By Lisa Rein  | September 2, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener, Public Service  
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The Federal Eye breaks, briefly

Your trusty blogger is taking a nine-day vacation to recharge the batteries (or rest his Eyes?) before a busy fall begins. He'll retrain his sights on the federal government starting Sept. 13. Colleague Lisa Rein will reprise her role as...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Negotiations start for Postal Service and top unions

By Ed O'Keefe and Lisa Rein The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service heads to the bargaining table this afternoon with its largest labor union as both sides anticipate a difficult round of negotiations that could last up to a year. USPS,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Hurricane Earl prompts early delivery of Social Security checks

Hurricane Earl is prompting the U.S. Postal Service to deliver monthly Social Security benefits checks a bit earlier.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gary Locke is saving country music ...

The commerce secretary this week visited with several country music musicians in Nashville to talk about what the Obama administration is doing to stop music piracy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Administration  
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Best Places to Work 2010: Most/least improved

Results of the 2010 "Best Places to Work" survey of federal employees are out today -- and we're posting interesting tidbits of information throughout the day. Read our full write-up in Wednesday's Post and take a look below at the most and least improved agencies:

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Best Places to Work 2010: How FLRA got its groove back

The 2010 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings are out today and colleague Joe Davidson profiles the agency that climbed the most year-to-year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Best Places to Work 2010: Senior leaders vs. middle managers

The Washington Post's On Leadership team is asking its panel of experts about one of the survey's key findings: that worker satisfaction is more profoundly affected by perceptions of top management than by their immediate supervisor. What lessons can top leaders in the public and private sector glean from this?

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Best Places to Work 2010: Best/worst agencies

The fifth "Best Places to Work" rankings are out today -- a compilation of data sure to catch the attention of federal workers, agency bosses and potential federal job applicants. Read our thorough review of the results in Wednesday's Post and check the blog throughout the day for interesting data. Let's start with a look at the best and worst agencies, per the survey data:

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FEMA gets ahead of a (potential political) storm

With Hurricane Earl now fast approaching, here's a good example of how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is getting out in front of storms -- physical and political:

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Best Places to Work 2010 results released

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission, a critical player in this battered economy, and the Office of Management and Budget, the agency responsible for implementing President Obama's government reforms - hit the skids in the fifth "Best Places to Work" rankings, a closely watched report of federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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Defense Secretary Gates hails shift in focus to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday called on a war-weary American public for patience in Afghanistan, arguing that after years of neglect the U.S. had finally devoted the necessary resources to a conflict that was long been overshadowed by the Iraq war.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Military  
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Lawmakers probe MetLife's insurance for feds

Two members of Congress who are central to federal workforce issues are questioning the practices of the insurance company that provides life insurance for federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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FEMA preparing for Hurricane Earl

With Hurricane Earl barreling up the East Coast this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying teams from the Carolinas to Maine in anticipation of storm surges, high winds and flooding.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Traveling feds to get lower reimbursements

The federal government will shell out less money to employees traveling to Washington and most metropolitan areas on official business starting in October, according to new figures.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 31, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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FAA: 45+ close calls in D.C.-area skies this year

On-board systems intended to keep airliners from colliding in midair have been triggered more than 45 times this year in the skies over the Washington as the air traffic controllers who guide planes to and from the region's airports have made dangerous mistakes at a record-setting pace.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 30, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VA details changes for Agent Orange claims

More than 150,000 Vietnam War veterans may apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs in the next 18 months thanks to new regulations making it easier to compensate for health problems caused by exposure to the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 30, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Military, Workplace Issues  
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New report details loss of Bush-era e-mails

Top aides to President George W. Bush seemed unconcerned amid multiple warnings as early as 2002 that the White House risked losing millions of e-mails that federal law required them to preserve, according to an extensive review of records set for release on Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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