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Federal Eye: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

'Don't ask, don't tell': Senate vote reaction

Reaction to Saturday's votes on a bill to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell":

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Senate voted decisively Saturday to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, beginning the process of ending a 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the military and reversing decades of official military policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Congress, Military  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' vote nears (Video)

Service members discharged by the military under "don't ask, don't tell" speak with The Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez about their concerns as the Senate prepares to vote on the repeal.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Military, Video Report  
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Chu to freeze salaries for Energy Dept. contract employees

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced a two-year halt on salary increases and bonuses for department contractors who manage the day-to-day operations at certain agency sites, including national laboratories.

By Joe Davidson  | December 17, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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Pay freeze could heat things up at the exits

Actions have consequences. One unintended consequence of the two-year pay freeze President Obama asked Congress to impose on federal workers is the impact it may have on higher income employees and those eligible to retire.

By Joe Davidson  | December 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal will clear Senate, Lieberman says

After more than 17 years of trying and uncertainty in recent days about its ultimate fate, efforts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law could be over one way or the other by Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe and Felicia Sonmez  | December 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
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Federal government open as normal on Friday

Federal government offices in the Washington region will open as normal on Friday, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Talking tax-cuts and revamp of the federal leave policy (Video)

The Federal Eye appeared on Thursday's "Fox 5 Morning News" to discuss Congressional votes on tax-cuts and changes to the federal leave policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Federal employees may leave early due to snow

Federal government offices in Washington are open, but employees who must leave due to the inclement weather may do so, the Office of Personnel Management says.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Obama taps new chief for Office of Special Counsel

The agency responsible for protecting federal whistleblowers and rooting out illegal politicking at government offices is one step closer to having its first permanent boss in more than two years.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Singing TSA agents serenade passengers

Traveling through Los Angeles this holiday season? You may get a holiday tune with your enhanced pat-down.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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President's advisory group finds most federal IT funds being misused

Every year, federal agencies get roughly $4 billion for research and development of information technology. The goal of that funding is to bring the best available networking and communications technology into government.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Contracting  
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Tax-cut package includes commuter benefit for feds

Federal workers may not like next year's planned pay freeze, but likely will still be able to earn a $230 monthly transit benefit for using public transportation to and from work.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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House votes again to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday to end the "don't ask, don't tell" law, giving new life to an effort backed by President Obama, Pentagon leaders and gay rights activists to end the ban on gays in the military this year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Bill to help Marine widow Hotaru Ferschke set to become law

Marine Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke Jr. On an August day two years ago, Hotaru Nakama Ferschke was in her native Okinawa, Japan, when she got the news that her new husband -- Marine Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke Jr. -...

By Ben Pershing  | December 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Democrats battle for top spot on House oversight panel

At least two Democrats are expected to fight for the chance to serve as chief nemesis to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the panel's current chairman decided against serving as ranking member in the new Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Census, Congress, Oversight  
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Federal leave for severe weather revamped

With temperatures plummeting and flurries spotted across the Washington area in recent days, the Obama administration is revamping the federal leave policy for days with severe weather.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama approves new federal building names

While he eagerly awaits the passage of tax cut and spending legislation, President Obama is biding his time by, among other things, signing legislation to rename several federal buildings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Most back repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' poll says

About eight in 10 Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Ed O'Keefe and Jon Cohen  | December 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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House to vote Wednesday on new 'don't ask, don't tell' bill

The House of Representatives will vote first on a new bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law, possibly as early as tomorrow, according to aides.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board

Looks like all those years of performing for Democratic candidates has paid off: President Obama is tapping rocker Jon Bon Jovi to serve on a new presidential advisory council.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Postal worker arrested after delivering mail naked

A Wisconsin postal carrier says he simply wanted to cheer up a woman on his rounds who seemed "stressed out" when he decided to deliver mail in the buff.

By The Associated Press  | December 14, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Two cents' worth on the new penny (Video)

Tourists at the Lincoln Memorial express their thoughts about removing the memorial's iconic image from the new penny.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Federal workers may not get payroll tax holiday

For hundreds of thousands of federal workers, Scrooge seems to be running the merrymakers out of town.

By Joe Davidson  | December 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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Google, GPO strike an e-Book deal

Hundreds of federal government publications are now available for download and purchase through the new Google eBookstore, the search engine company and Government Printing Office are set to announce Tuesday. Ultimately about 1,800 government publications will be available for download and purchase, GPO said.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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With repeal's fate uncertain, new suit challenges 'don't ask, don't tell'

Three former service members discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law filed suit in federal court Monday, asking for reinstatement and arguing that the ban on gays serving openly in the military is unconstitutional.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 13, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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2010 Census results coming Dec. 21

How many people live in the United States? Where do they live? Where did they move from? Which states get more seats in Congress?

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 13, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Obama doesn't expect 2012 primary; Biden's role gets bigger; Holbrooke still critical; health-care law decision expected

Obama doesn't expect 2012 primary; Biden's role gets bigger; Holbrooke still critical; health-care law decision expected

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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