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Federal Eye: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Lessons from the great government shutdown of 1995-1996

The 1995-1996 government shutdown was a traumatic defeat for Republicans. What lessons can the party's lawmakers learn from history?

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Government Shutdown  
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What a government shutdown would look like

NARFE shows images of what would happen if the federal government shut down

By Lisa Rein  | February 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Government Shutdown  
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Postal Service resumes international mail service to Egypt

US mail delivery had stopped during the country's political upheaval

By Lisa Rein  | February 24, 2011; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Postal Service  
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Darrell Issa issues first subpoenas of Obama administration

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued his first subpoenas of the Obama administration earlier this week.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Oversight  
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The Federal Eye rests, briefly

The Federal Eye is on a short extended weekend vacation ahead of what promises to be a busy few weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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Government shutdown: Facts and figures

Despite assurances from the Obama administration and congressional leaders that they don't want a government shutdown, each day closer to March 4 without a final agreement makes the suspension of government services more likely.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Government Shutdown  
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Federal agencies, contractors preparing for government shutdown

Federal agencies continued reviewing shutdown plans Wednesday in anticipation of a possible closure of the federal government that could begin as early as next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contracting, From The Pages of The Post, Government Shutdown  
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How will a federal government shutdown affect D.C.?

Early Saturday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure cutting $61 billion from the federal budget. The Senate is unlikely to agree, raising the prospect that the government could shut down as soon as March 4 for the first time since January 1996.

By Mike DeBonis  | February 23, 2011; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown  
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Defense of Marriage Act decision adds to list of gay rights victories

The Obama administration's decision to no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act adds to a growing list of victories for gay rights groups, who have sought changes to how the federal government treats gay men and lesbians through a series of executive actions and legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Administration  
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Government shutdown: What about contractors?

A potential government shutdown won't just impact employees collecting government paychecks, but could severely impact hundreds of thousands of contractors and the companies employing them to provide goods and services to federal agencies.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Contracting, Government Shutdown  
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National Archives hunts for missing treasures with recovery team

Among the Civil War buffs wandering through the tables of muskets and faded daguerreotypes of Union soldiers for sale here are four federal agents.

By Lisa Rein  | February 23, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post  
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House spending bill cuts pay for overseas diplomats

Among the dozens of amendments included in the House's historic spending bill is a provision that would cut the paychecks of America's overseas diplomats.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues  
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Federal agencies preparing for shutdown, White House says

Federal agencies are preparing to operate at reduced levels if a government shutdown occurs, but the Obama administration hopes to strike a deal with congressional Republicans to avoid one, the White House said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Workplace Issues  
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FEMA official in New Zealand when quake struck

The White House is deploying a team of disaster response and urban search and rescue teams to New Zealand to help the island nation respond to a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country on Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 22, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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White House: Government shutdown plans in place

Federal agencies are ready to operate at reduced levels if a government shutdown occurs, the White House said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 22, 2011; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Government Shutdown  
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VOA Web site apparently hit by Iranian hackers

Iranian hackers apparently hit the Voice of America Web site on Monday afternoon, replacing pages with a statement saying in Persian and English that "we have proven that we can" and asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if she wanted to "hear the voice of oppressed nations will from heart of USA."

By Al Kamen and Tara Bahrampour  | February 22, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  
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Social Security Administration prepares for shutdown, cuts

The Obama administration and congressional Republicans insist they're working to avoid a government shutdown on March 4 if they can't agree on spending levels. But at least some federal agencies are planning ahead, just in case. Officials with the...

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 22, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Budget, Eye Opener, Government Shutdown  
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Unscheduled leave or telework for feds on Tuesday

Federal offices in the Washington area are open on Tuesday, but workers may take unscheduled leave or telework from home if necessary.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 22, 2011; 3:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Attorney General Holder to speak at funerals for slain U.S. Marshal, ICE agent

Monday is a federal holiday, meaning most (but certainly not all) federal employees have the day off. At the federal level, the holiday is officially known as "Washington's Birthday."

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 21, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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President's Day 2011

Monday is a federal holiday, meaning most (but certainly not all) federal employees have the day off. At the federal level, the holiday is officially known as "Washington's Birthday."

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 21, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nuts and Bolts  
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Sale of federal buildings could be difficult

President Obama could not have been more clear, when outlining his budget proposal in Baltimore last week.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | February 20, 2011; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post  
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