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Federal Eye: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Senate passes whistleblower protection bill

The Senate has passed enhanced protections for government employees and contractors who report cases of waste, fraud and abuse. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was approved using the Senate's unanimous consent procedure late Friday. Whistleblower advocates have long pushed for...

By Joe Davidson  | December 11, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Workplace Issues  | Tags:  Senate, whistleblower bill, whistleblower protections, whistleblowers  
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Social Security tax break treats federal workers differently

The Senate is fixing legislation that would result in most federal employees missing a proposed tax holiday. At the same time, another group of federal workers, and some state and local employees, are scheduled to get no tax holiday at all.

By Joe Davidson  | December 10, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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What's the future of 'don't ask, don't tell'? (Video)

The Federal Eye and CBSNews.com's Stephanie Condon joined John Dickerson on Friday's "Washington Unplugged" for a roundtable discussion on the latest on the tax cuts debate as it move to the Senate Monday and its failure to repeal of "don't ask, dont' tell."

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Military, Video Report  
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New bill to end 'don't ask, don't tell' introduced in Senate

One of the year's most tumultuous legislative endeavors -- to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law -- soldiered on Friday as senators introduced a new bill to end the ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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Four soldiers hitch a deluxe ride home with Gates

Four U.S. soldiers going home on leave from Afghanistan hitched a sweet ride out of the war zone Thursday by snagging seats on a special flight: the 747 Boeing aircraft that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates uses to crisscross the globe.

By Craig Whitlock  | December 10, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Military  
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More independence for the Census Bureau?

Amid the flurry of activity on Capitol Hill this week, a bill slipped through the Senate that could soon bolster the U.S. Census Bureau's spot in the political pecking order.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Census, Eye Opener  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' vote fails: Reaction

A Senate vote to move forward with debate on a bill ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy failed Thursday, delivering a near-fatal blow to efforts to allow gays to serve openly in military. Here's reaction from leaders and groups for and against the ban:

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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'Don't ask, don't tell' procedural vote fails

A Senate procedural vote to move forward with debate on a bill ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law failed Thursday to earn the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  | December 9, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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Census wisely explains reapportionment

The U.S. Census Bureau is just days away from releasing data from the decennial census, a release that leads to the politically contentious issue of Congressional reapportionment.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Census  
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Postal Service announces new top leaders

Changes at the top of the U.S. Postal Service also mean some rearranging in the rest of the executive suite.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Besides 'don't ask, don't tell,' what else is in the defense bill?

With the Senate poised to take another procedural vote to move forward on a bill that would end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, remember that the measure, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, includes much, much more than just an end to the ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military  
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Report reveals threats against IRS workers

Internal Revenue Service employees and their families continue to face threats from angry taxpayers following this year's deadly plane crash at agency offices in Texas.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues  
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Senate procedural vote on 'don't ask, don't tell' postponed

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is likely to hold a procedural vote Wednesday on a bill that would end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law, but the measure is expected to fail, according to Senate Democratic aides and advocates for ending the law.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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D.C. slips in Peace Corps volunteer rankings

The Peace Corps has more than 8,600 volunteers in 77 countries around the world - its highest numbers in the last 40 years. The District ranks among the top volunteer-producing states and metro regions, according to agency figures set for release on Wednesday:

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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New postal boss wants "profitable, nimble" service

The new boss at the U.S. Postal Service said his first hellos this week, telling the rank and file he wants to build a more profitable, nimble organization that tries to win more of the competitive package business.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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TSA officers should get bargaining rights, congressman says

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the Obama administration to allow collective bargaining for transportation security officers.

By Joe Davidson  | December 7, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Postal workers behaving badly

You ever had one of those days when you want to throw your work away in the trash? At least two postal letter carriers did it -- and got caught.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 7, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Postal Service  
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Senate to hold impeachment trial for federal judge

Despite a packed schedule involving tax cuts and treaties, the Senate is scheduled to squeeze in some time this week to fulfill a constitutional duty it's exercised only 18 other times in its history.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Local legislators urge changes to federal pay freeze plan

A group of Washington-area members of Congress, including the House majority leader, are pushing back against President Obama's plan for a two-year freeze on federal pay. T

By Joe Davidson  | December 6, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Gates 'not particularly optimistic' about 'don't ask' repeal

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates< is joining a growing chorus of skeptics who doubt that Congress will end the ban on gays in the military this year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 6, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Military  
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Troops have until Dec. 18 to apply for back pay

Hundreds of thousands of troops are passing up thousands of dollars in retroactive stop-loss pay, but still have until Dec. 18 to recoup it, according to the Defense Department.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 6, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Military  
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5 Myths about federal workers

Our colleagues at Sunday Outlook, with the assistance of Partnership for Public Service President Max Stier, used the popular "5 Myths" feature to dispel some tall tales about the federal workforce.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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New sick leave rules for federal workers

Federal workers are preparing for a two-year freeze in pay, but also can expect some positive changes to their sick leave policy in the new year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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