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Federal Eye: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Postage rates may still go up

The price of postage stamps and rates may still increase to 46 cents next year as the U.S. Postal Service plans to appeal a regulator's decision to deny permission to raise rates by 2 cents.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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U.S. Postal Service issues holiday stamps

The U.S. Postal Service started issuing its 2010 holiday stamps this week, issuing four Forever stamps and a single stamp featuring a musical angel.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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How many people sent back Census forms?

The absolute final numbers are in, and it turns out 74 percent of Americans households responded to the 2010 Census. Those results match the response rate from a decade ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. And since the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Census, Eye Opener  
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A passionate defense of federal workers

Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service cites the accomplishments of federal workers in an opinion piece.

By Lisa Rein  | October 21, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' back on; guidance revised

The "don't ask, don't tell" law and policy is back on the books, but only the military's three service secretaries will be able to discharge service members for violating it, the Pentagon said Thursday. The change in policy makes it tougher to remove service members who are gay and comes as the future of the law and policy remains in legal limbo.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Military  
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Eye Opener: 'Don't ask' back on, DOJ drops Blackwater prosecution and a pilot refuses TSA's full-body scan

The Federal Eye is on special assignment today in Gateway City so blogging will be lighter today. But here's a fast look at what's going on across the government:

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FBI's computer woes continue, auditors say

The FBI's effort to move from paper to electronic files took another hit Wednesday as Justice Department auditors issued their latest report on the long troubled Sentinel project.

By Jeff Stein  | October 20, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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OPM announces another overhaul of federal retiree system

In the latest attempt to fix a dysfunctional federal retiree program, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry announced Wednesday yet another overhaul of a system that now leaves retirees waiting months for their checks.

By Joe Davidson  | October 20, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Appeals court grants stay of 'don't ask' injunction

The Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to lift a moratorium on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" by the end of today, once again arguing that the injunction jeopardizes an ongoing Pentagon review of how to end the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Administration, Military  
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Hillary Clinton to gay teens: 'Tomorrow Will Be Better'

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks directly to gay and lesbian teenagers in a new video produced at the urging of State Department employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Feds reminded to keep politics out of the office

Federal workers, you've been warned: Don't do any politicking while on the clock.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Native Americans settle with USDA for $760 million

The Obama administration announced a $760 million settlement Tuesday to resolve charges by thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers who say that for decades the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs.

By Spencer S. Hsu and Krissah Thompson  | October 19, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Right to photograph federal buildings upheld

The federal agency responsible for protecting more than 9,000 federal facilities is reminding its security guards that the general public has the right to take photographs and shoot video outside the courthouses, office buildings and campuses they protect.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pentagon instructing recruiters to accept gay applicants

A federal judge indicated Monday that she's unlikely to lift her injunction on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Military  
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CIA files suit against former spy Ishmael Jones

The former CIA officer, who calls himself Ishmael Jones, says he's ready to defend against the spy agency's charges, reports The Post's Jeff Stein.

By Jeff Stein  | October 19, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Award-winning watchdogs to be honored

Politicians talk plenty about rooting waste, fraud and abuse, but on Tuesday some of the folks who actually find the corruption will enjoy a few moments in the limelight.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Unions, lawmakers react to Post federal worker poll

Some of the biggest defenders of federal workers admitted Monday they face the difficult task of reversing negative national perceptions about the federal sector.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 18, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Americans feel federal workers overpaid (Video)

Most Americans think federal workers are overpaid have generally negative opinions of them, according to a new Washington Post poll.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 18, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Video Report, Workplace Issues  
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'Don't ask' court hearing scheduled for today

The federal judge who ordered the military to stop enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" law will hear arguments Monday for and against lifting her injunction.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 18, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Military  
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Republicans have little love for federal workers

The big takeaways from our new poll on public perceptions of federal workers? A majority of Americans think they're overpaid, more than a third consider them less qualified than private sector workers -- and Republicans especially don't seem to like them.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 17, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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