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Federal Eye: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Senate panel plans hearings next week on 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold two days of hearings next week after the release of the Pentagon's report on how the military could end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 24, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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Postal Service, union to keep talking until Dec. 1

The U.S. Postal Service will continue negotiating until Dec. 1 with one of its largest unions about a new multi-year contract, officials said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 23, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Postal Service, Workplace Issues  
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Federal law enforcement officers back TSA screening

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association has weighed in on the controversy over air travel security, saying it supports the controversial body imaging and thorough pat-downs the Transportation Security Administration uses to screen airline passengers.

By Joe Davidson  | November 23, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Unions defending TSA workers from backlash

In an effort to keep the flying public from taking out their frustration on airport screeners, the two unions fighting to represent them are running dueling ads in Tuesday's USA Today and reaching out directly to some of the nation's frequent fliers. (Both unions chose to purchase ad space in the competition **ehem** because of its popularity at the nation's airports.)

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Federal courthouses, personnel could be at risk, report says

Federal judges and court personnel could be at risk because of poor training, questionable contracts and broken security equipment used by guards protecting the nation's federal courthouses, according to a new report by the Justice Department's inspector general.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 22, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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Who is exempt from airport security?

Increased scrutiny of airport security means public officials are being asked if they have or would be willing to endure airport security pat-downs.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 22, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Report: Nuclear weapon drivers drank on the job

Federal agents responsible for driving nuclear weapons and other sensitive materials sometimes got drunk and were detained by police while on the job, according to a new watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 22, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight  
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Chaffetz to stay with Oversight Committee

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a rising star among Congressional Republicans, plans to stay with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the new Congress begins in the new year. Chaffetz won his second term...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 22, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Pistole the latest official to send mixed messages

Obama administration officials spent the weekend sharing different comments on airport security, the latest example of the president and Cabinet secretaries sending mixed messages on policy or politics to the American public.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' to be released earlier than planned

Signaling the growing seriousness of the Obama administration's commitment to ending the military's ban on gays in the military this year, the Defense Department said Sunday that it will release a long-awaited report on how the military could end the ban earlier than planned in response to senators eager to vote on the matter.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 21, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Military  
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Postal Service fails to reach agreements with unions

The U.S. Postal Service failed to reach new agreements with two of its largest labor unions Saturday, agreeing to continue negotiations with one while reaching an impasse with the other.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Why are the Marines the military's biggest backers of 'don't ask, don't tell'?

After 17 years, "don't ask, don't tell" may finally be on its way out. Even if the Senate resists the latest efforts to end the policy, it appears that most members of the military - from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on down - support the law's repeal.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 21, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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