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Federal Eye: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Postal Service suspends shipments from Yemen

The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily suspending acceptance of inbound mail from Yemen in response to potential terror threats from the country.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2010; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Panel to consider federal pay raises

The government could fire its latest shot in the bitter, election-year debate over federal salaries when a panel tasked with recommending pay raises meets today.

By Lisa Rein and Eric Yoder  | October 29, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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'Deadly' report details federal waste

Just in time for Halloween, a new Republican study finds the federal government has paid nearly $1 billion to at least 250,000 dead people since 2000.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 29, 2010; 4:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Congress, Eye Opener, Oversight  
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'Don't ask' survey: Majority OK serving with openly gay troops, sources say

A Defense Department survey of military service members finds that a majority of them would not object to serving alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2010; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Military  
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Agents raid home of ex-National Archives official

Federal agents raided the home of a former National Archives and Records Administration employee Thursday after watchdogs said the agency is leaving itself vulnerable to significant security breaches by failing to properly safeguard sensitive information.

By Ed O'Keefe and Spencer S. Hsu  | October 28, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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GAO: Public records mishandled by National Archives

As the federal government shifts its records from paper to computers, the National Archives, the nation's recordkeeper, has left itself vulnerable to significant security breaches by failing to properly safeguard reams of sensitive information, government auditors said Wednesday.

By Lisa Rein  | October 28, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post, Oversight  
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Peace Corps volunteer totals reach 40-year high

More people are volunteering with the Peace Corps than at any point since 1970, the agency said Thursday as it touted a 13 percent year-to-year increase in headcount.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Restoration of JFK gravesite set to begin

Workers plan to begin restoration work on Thursday of walls near John F. Kennedy's gravesite where words from his 1961 inaugural address are inscribed.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Mullen warns of strain on armed forces

The nation's top military officer told an Army audience Wednesday that the United States is only beginning to confront the strain that a decade of war has placed on its armed forces, warning that post-traumatic stress, suicides and unemployment are likely to persist among veterans for years to come.

By Craig Whitlock  | October 27, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Military  
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Printing Office book blog takes honors

The book blog of the Government Printing Office won an award.

By Lisa Rein  | October 27, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Justice Dept. touts overseas ballot law enforcement

The Justice Department is ramping up efforts to ensure that troops, government workers and other Americans can vote from overseas in the midterm elections, taking enforcement actions that officials on Wednesday said are unprecedented.

By Jerry Markon  | October 27, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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OMB Watch founder leaving

Among The Federal Eye's loyal readers are folks working in the think tank/"good government"/public policy world, so it's always news when one of its leaders move on. To wit: Gary Bass, founder and executive director of the watchdog organization OMB...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Public Service, Revolving Door  
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Cuts in federal building costs under review

President Obama wants to trim $3 billion in federal building costs in the next two years and early signs suggest mixed success at consolidating or selling extra office buildings, courthouses and data centers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Budget, Eye Opener  
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Obama joins gay rights groups to discuss 'don't ask, don't tell'

President Obama met briefly on Tuesday with gay rights groups pushing to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, according to people familiar with the White House meeting.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2010; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Military  
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Axelrod: 'Don't ask' appeal was 'custom'

During a live video chat from the White House, senior adviser David Axelrod was asked why the Obama administration opted to appeal a federal judge's injunction to stop the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while the president maintains that he wants to end the ban.

By Matt DeLong and Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Administration, Military  
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Postmaster general talks about retirement, successor

Age -- not declining mail volume, sinking profits or an uncooperative Congress triggered John E. Potter>'s decision to step down as postmaster general after nine and half years, he said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Who is the new postmaster general?

The U.S. Postal Service is set for its first major management shakeup in nine years as Postmaster General John E. Potter plans to step down in early December to make way for his deputy, Patrick R. Donahoe.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service  
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Postmaster General John E. Potter stepping down

Postmaster General John E. Potter is set to formally announce his retirement after nine years at the helm of the mail agency, according to multiple sources familiar with the move. A formal announcement from USPS is expected later this evening.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' appeals process continues

Legal wrangling over the future of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law and policy continued Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Military  
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Social Security workers getting an extra day off

It's an aggravating fact of life for many federal workers: The day after Thanksgiving isn't officially a holiday, so federal workers either use a vacation day or go to work.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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What if Nobel Prize winners ran the country?

Colleague Zachary A. Goldfarb has penned a thoughtful Sunday Outlook essay, sketching out what an Obama administration stacked with Nobel prize winners might look like. His conclusions: Its members would be fairly old, and probably prone to disagreements. So who would do what?

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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Two feds win prestigious American University prize

American University's School of Public Affairs will honor two senior federal employees on Monday evening for their leadership at the Energy Department and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Public Service  
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'Government Doesn't Suck' march planned

Amid growing dissatisfaction with federal employees, a group of younger, web-savvy feds plan are planning to march on Saturday in defense of their coworkers on the sidelines of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity."

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (277)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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