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Federal Eye: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

OMB: WikiLeaks off-limits to federal workers without clearance

The Obama administration is instructing federal workers and contractors not authorized to view classified information to steer clear of WikiLeaks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2010; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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Congressional calendar endangers repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

This was supposed to be the year that the law banning gays from serving openly in the military would be repealed. President Obama and the top Pentagon brass made clear their distaste for "don't ask, don't tell." Polling suggests the nation has moved past it. The Democrats who control Congress, as well as some Republicans, are ready to overturn it. And last week a final potential obstacle was removed when an exhaustive Pentagon study found little risk in undoing the law.

By Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe  | December 4, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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Obama: No military pay freeze

Let there be no doubt: President Obama will not freeze the pay of military service members.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Administration, Military, Workplace Issues  
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'Don't ask, don't tell': At hearing, service chiefs say change would be difficult

The Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, the chiefs of staff of the Army, Navy and Air Force and the commandants of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard will testify before the Armed Services Committee on Friday. All are expected to present less sanguine opinions of ending the ban on gays in the military. Their views provide arguments likely to be seized upon by Republican lawmakers and social conservatives who back keeping the military's gay ban. They also have the potential to keep enough moderate lawmakers from endorsing plans to end the ban in the coming week.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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Eye Opener: Obama on LeBron; EPA boss takes on the GOP; more bad graves at Arlington; FCC wants cell phone bill fixes

Obama on LeBron; EPA boss takes on the GOP; more bad graves at Arlington; FCC wants cell phone bill fixes

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Don't ask, don't tell' dismissed by McCain

The Pentagon's top leadership and co-authors of a study on how to end enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" meet Thursday with the Senate Armed Services Committee as the fate of legislation to end the ban on gays in the military remains uncertain.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (300)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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New Postal chief pushes Saturday delivery cuts

Patrick R. Donahoe began his first congressional hearing as postmaster master general-designate on a sunny note. "Despite recent headlines, the Postal Service remains a very strong and motivated organization," he told a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee on Thursday. Motivated for sure. But moments after Donahoe's brief bit of optimism, he described an organization that is financially very weak. "Our total loss for the [fiscal 2010] year was $8.5 billion," said Donahoe, who officially becomes postmaster general on Saturday. "This is a stunning number in many aspects and it is unsustainable."

By Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist  | December 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Congress, Postal Service  
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Obama administration begins publishing names of federal subcontractors on Web

The U.S. government is giving the public new details about how it is spending taxpayer money on government business.

By Carol D. Leonnig  | December 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contracting, From The Pages of The Post  
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GSA to use Google cloud-based system for e-mail

The General Services Administration announced Wednesday that it will be the first federal agency to move e-mail to a cloud-based system, reflecting the government's push for adoption of Web-based computing.

By Capitol Business's Marjorie Censer  | December 2, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Contracting  
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Inmates get fraudulent tax refunds behind bars, report says

Jail cells might keep inmates from escaping, but don't appear to stop some from filing fraudulent tax returns.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight  
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Postal Service, union contract talks go past deadline

The U.S. Postal Service and one if its top unions continue to negotiate on a new multi-year contract, postal and union officials said Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Presidential panel offers 2nd proposal on federal pay freeze

Federal employees would take a hit, along with many other parts of the government, under a plan released Wednesday by a presidential commission charged with getting the nation's finances in order. The plan would freeze pay for federal workers for three years and cut the workforce.

By Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist  | December 1, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Transcript: Interview with 'don't ask, don't tell' report co-authors

The co-authors of the Pentagon's long-awaited report on the impact of ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy have worked closely together in the past nine months and did not speak publicly until this week about their work.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Military  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' report: Little risk to enlisting gays

The Pentagon's long-awaited report on gays in the military concludes that repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law would present only a low risk to the armed forces' ability to carry out their mission and that 70 percent of service members believe it would have little or no effect on their units, according to sources briefed on the report's findings.

By Ed O'Keefe and Craig Whitlock  | November 30, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
Categories:  Military  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' report authors speak out

The two co-authors of the Pentagon's long-awaited report on the impact of ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy have worked closely together in the past nine months. But neither man knows - or wants to know - what the other thinks personally about the ban.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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Biden, Issa to discuss stimulus oversight

The lead cheerleader for the economic stimulus program is scheduled to meet today with one of its top critics.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Congress, Tracking the Stimulus  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' report set for release

Groups for and against ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" are eagerly awaiting Tuesday's anticipated release of the Pentagon's report on how ending the ban on gays in the military might impact troop readiness and morale. The comprehensive review -- expected to number several hundred pages -- will be closely scrutinized by members of the military, and lawmakers eager to determine whether they should end the ban.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Federal pay freeze: Reaction

Assorted reaction President Obama's decision to freeze the salaries of federal employees for two years.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 29, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Obama announces 2-year pay freeze for federal workers

Bowing to growing budget concerns and months of Republican political pressure on federal pay and benefits, President Obama today announced he would stop pay increases for most of the two million people who work for the federal government.

By Ed O'Keefe, Perry Bacon and Joe Davidson  | November 29, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (991)
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OPM's John Berry: 'It gets better'

The Obama administration's most senior openly gay official has added his voice to the ranks of other politicians, celebrities and other activists participating in the "It Gets Better" campaign that provides encouragement for gay and lesbian teenagers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 29, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Administration  
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TSA says Thanksgiving travel went smoothly

Thanksgiving holiday travel might not have gone well on the roads (what is it about New Jersey's highways, anyway?), but the Transportation Security Administration insists weeks of intense scrutiny and criticism led to few problems and delays at the nation's airports.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Congress to address 'don't ask, don't tell' (Video)

The Federal Eye joined MSNBC's Richard Lui Sunday to discuss this week's scheduled release of the Pentagon's report about the possible end of "don't ask, don't tell" and planned Senate hearings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 28, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Military, Video Report  
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