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Federal Eye: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Thad Allen can finally retire

The "national incident commander" overseeing the federal response to the BP oil spill stepped down on Friday and will join the RAND Corporation,

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Federal workers to pay more for health care

Federal employees will see their health insurance premiums increase at a far higher rate than their pay next year, but less than many private sector workers.

By Joe Davidson  | October 1, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Health Care, Workplace Issues  
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How much do lawmakers earn? (Video)

How much do lawmakers earn and from where do they get health insurance? The Federal Eye's friends at Fox 5 D.C. wanted to know and asked him to answer those questions on Friday's "Fox 5 Morning News."

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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FCC boss struggles between roles of regulator, innovator

Call him what you want (many have garbled his name), but don't call Julius Genachowski an Internet regulator.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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Postal Service anticipates $6 billion year-end loss

The U.S. Postal Service is anticipating a $6 billion loss for the fiscal year that ended Thursday, as mail volume continued its precipitous decline.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Bills and laws for federal workers advance

Who says Congress doesn't do anything? Lawmakers this week approved several pieces of legislation related to government operations and the federal workforce.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Bill directing agencies to use 'plain' language advances

Uncle Sam can make things so convoluted that Congress has approved legislation requiring him to be plain spoken.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Lawmaker wants probe of federal life insurance program

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants the Government Accountability Office to examine the operation of the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Telework continues its Congressional tango

Teleworking for federal employees took a major step forward with legislation approved by the Senate Wednesday night.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Presidential transition bill to become law

For presidential candidates, "measuring the drapes" is now legal -- sort of.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Congress  
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Postal rate hike request denied

Postal regulators Thursday denied requests by the U.S. Postal Service to raise postage rates in January beyond the rate of inflation, ruling that the mail agency's recent financial woes were caused by a flawed business model and not the recent recession.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Federal workers on the morning commute

Heavy rainfall, flash floods and strong wind gusts Thursday made for a messy, and sometimes dangerous early morning commute across the Washington region.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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How many federal workers are there?

Congressional Republicans proposed freezing federal hires in order to cut back on government spending? The cuts would mean fewer workers receiving generous pay and benefits, they said. But opponents argued that the government can't afford to cut back and that most of the new federal jobs are in the national security and defense sectors where Republicans wouldn't cut anyway.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Mary Landrieu to keep her hold on Jack Lew's OMB nomination

A swift confirmation of President Obama's choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget appears unlikely as a Democratic senator said Tuesday she will maintain a hold on the nomination.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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Panel approves federal building security bill

Fed up with a rash of complaints about the Federal Protective Service, a Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation designed to strengthen the agency charged with protecting 9,000 federal buildings.

By Joe Davidson  | September 29, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Bird hit man loves his human-life-saving job

Michael J. Begier is a mild-mannered government official who loves his job. The Agriculture Department employees basically makes troublesome birds go away.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post  
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Majority favor gays in the military, new poll says

Updated 2:14 p.m. ET Two-thirds of Americans support allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Sixty seven percent of respondents to a new CNN survey favor permitting openly gay or...

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Military  
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What if the Postal Service runs out of money?

We've said it before, but we'll say it again: The U.S. Postal Service is teetering on the brink of financial collapse and is very close to running out of money.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Watchdog report on Postal Service (Video)

Yours truly on Monday's Capital Insider on TBD TV discussing a watchdog report on employment contracts at the U.S. Postal Service.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
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The Census data dump begins

Americans will be barraged in the coming weeks with different statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau, an ongoing data dump likely to confuse Americans waiting for decennial population statistics that help redraw Congressional districts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census  
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Senators want quarterly performance updates

Here's a big open secret: Lawmakers don't read many of the progress reports prepared for them each year by federal agencies.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress  
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Congressional gridlock? Not for post offices!

Gridlock? What gridlock? The House and Senate can't seem to get their act together on spending bills, tax cuts or much of anything else. Ah, but they can take a few minutes to rename post offices before heading home to run reelection campaigns.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Postal Service  
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GOP responds to Holder's judicial confirmation op-ed

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. warns that "The confirmation process is so twisted in knots that we are losing ground," as he implores the Senate to confirm federal judges before breaking for the November elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Administration, Confirmation Hearings, From The Pages of The Post  
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Pentagon urging troops to get absentee ballots

Election Day is exactly six weeks away and the Pentagon this week is reminding troops and their families stationed overseas to request absentee ballots as soon as possible.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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IRS to stop mailing income tax forms

The Internal Revenue Service plans to stop mailing out instructions, schedules and paper forms for annual income tax returns, saving the agency millions of dollars as more Americans are filing online.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Justice Department lawyer commits suicide

Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, was one of several Justice lawyers under investigation by a special prosecutor for possible legal improprieties that last year led a judge to vacate former Sen. Ted Stevens's conviction in a corruption case.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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FBI cheating confirmed by Justice Department

"A significant number of FBI employees engaged in some form of improper conduct or cheating" on an exam and suggested the scandal may eventually spread far beyond the four field offices it investigated.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Op-ed on GOP's proposed federal hiring freeze

A leading proponent of the federal workforce struck out at Republican proposals to freeze the federal workforce in an op-ed published in Saturday's Washington Post.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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Eye Opener: Obama's green czar leaving? Defense contractors regroup, Filipino flag flap

Happy Monday! Is Obama's green czar leaving? More TS agents get security clearances and the U.S. inadvertently inverts a flag.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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