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Federal Eye: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Political, legal wrangling continues over 'don't ask, don't tell' (Video)

On Friday's "PBS NewsHour," correspondent Margaret Warner reported on the continued legislative and legal wrangling over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Yours truly is featured in the report.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 13, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Military, Video Report  
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TSA employees can vote on union representation, labor board rules

In a significant victory for federal employee unions, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decided Friday that Transportation Security Administration staffers will be allowed to vote on union representation.

By Joe Davidson  | November 12, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Deficit proposal would increase one federal workforce -- at the expense of military jobs

With calls for freezing their pay and reducing the government's workforce, federal employees can find lots to worry about in recommendations made this week by the co-chairmen of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

By Joe Davidson  | November 12, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Military  
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Supreme Court declines to end 'don't ask, don't tell'

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to stop enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy after a Republican gay rights group asked the high court to stop the ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Military, Supreme Court  
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Postal Service posts $8.5 billion loss

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service delivered more bad news Friday, announcing it lost $8.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended in September. Without Congressional action to change its obligations, officials said, the Postal Service likely will go broke at the end of fiscal 2011.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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ACLU suing Pentagon over separation pay for gays

The Pentagon is facing a new legal challenge over its policy on gays serving in uniform. This time it's the American Civil Liberties Union, suing to change the military's policy on the amount of separation pay given to service members discharged for being gay.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Don't ask, don't tell: Reaction to leaked report

A Pentagon study group concludes that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Military  
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The Federal Eye turns 2!

Thursday marks the 2nd anniversary of The Federal Eye's launch. (Trust me, it feels like it's been four!)

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In military cemeteries, the work serves to honor fallen comrades

The National Cemetery Administration is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and most of its 1,700 workers are military veterans. Landscapers, grave diggers, family representatives and cemetery directors must attend training courses in St. Louis that, depending on the job, last from four days to a year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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The federal pay debate begins anew

Reporters and fiscally conservative think tanks are at it again, raising concerns about federal pay and benefits.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war

A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar with a draft of the report, which is due to President Obama on Dec. 1.

By By Ed O'Keefe and Greg Jaffe  | November 10, 2010; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Military  
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Obama appoints members to Federal Salary Council

The nine-member council meets at least twice a year to determine locality pay and recommend raises for federal workers.

By The Post's Lisa Rein  | November 10, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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Log Cabin Republicans' leader fights 'don't ask, don't tell'

R. Clarke Cooper is watching the clock on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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The Obama administration's Veterans Day plans

The Obama administration considers the health and future of the nation's active duty troops, veterans and their families an important priority and plans to mark Veterans Day with more than a dozen events across the country and around the world.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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Fire alarm closes USDA headquarters

Part of the U.S. Agriculture Department's headquarters closed at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday due to issues with the fire alarm system, according to an e-mail sent to workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Watchdog report targets New Jersey governor

Tough-talking, budget-busting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a new nickname: "Attorney C."

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo

The U.S. tightened security on cargo shipments flown from abroad Monday, banning "high-risk" cargo from flying on passenger planes after last month's discovery of a plot that originated in Yemen to send bombs in shipped packages.

By Derek Kravitz and Ashley Halsey III  | November 8, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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CIA Director Panetta warns employees on leaks

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta reminded the spy agency's employees Monday that unauthorized disclosures of classified information "cannot be tolerated."

By Jeff Stein  | November 8, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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GSA workers informed of personal data breach

The personal information of thousands of federal workers is at risk after a General Services Administration worker mistakenly sent the names and Social Security numbers of all of the agency's 12,000 workers to a private e-mail account.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 8, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lights out at the Commerce Department

The power is out in parts of the Commerce Department's massive headquarters building in Washington, according to a spokeswoman.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 8, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Are hopes dimming on repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'?

Efforts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy this year could be in jeopardy as top senators are discussing removing language repealing the ban from the annual Defense authorization bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 8, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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Federal worker cost-cutting finalists announced

As the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans prepare to debate a series of government cost-cutting proposals in the coming months, the White House on Monday will tout four money saving ideas proposed by federal workers that would help make small cuts in the federal deficit and lead to more losses for the already cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service and newspaper industry.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Budget, Eye Opener  
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