The Federal Eye: Administration


Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 10/18/2012

How would Obama, Romney handle feds?

President Obama and Romney on the federal workforce

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:45 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Sunshine Week renews debate on Obama and FOIA

How is the Obama White House doing in granting public information requests? Depends on who you ask.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Todd Park to serve as new federal chief technology officer

Todd Park previously served as architect of tech initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Federal contracting spending holds steady

For the first time in almost two decades, federal agencies spent the same amount as the year before, officials say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Administration, Budget

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

OMB personnel changes are on the way

Some changes are in the works as the budget-writing agency as top bosses get White House promotions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door, Administration

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Aneesh Chopra leaving the White House, likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor

Aneesh Chopra is likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor, Democrats say.

By Ed O'Keefe and Anita Kumar  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2012

How Twitter helped the White House

A White House new media official details how the social media tool helped Obama get his payroll tax extension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: Tom Vilsack to serve as Cabinet's ‘designated survivor’

Find out which member of President Obama’s inner circle has been told to stay away from tonight’s big speech for security reasons.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: Obama’s Cabinet hitting the road

Various secretaries and agency bosses will visit cities nationwide to tout the plans unveiled in the State of the Union address.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: 30 years of ‘Skutniks’

Tonight’s State of the Union marks 30 years since a president first turned to the rafters and pointed to a regular Joe.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration, Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Why reorganizing government will be hard (in one chart)

Need proof that it’s going to be difficult? Take a look at this chart.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Jeffrey Zients tapped to lead Office of Management and Budget

Deputy director will replace Jacob Lew, who is leaving to become White House chief of staff.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/17/2012

The pros and cons of reorganizing government (video)

The Federal Eye on the potential upside and drawbacks of revamping federal agencies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Obama’s reorganization plans earn early criticism

Employees of the National Weather Service aren’t happy with plans to move their parent agency to the Interior Department.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: What's open, closed and who’s where?

A quick look at what’s open and closed and how the Obama administration will mark the federal holiday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Obama’s plans mean musical chairs for the Cabinet

The new plan would add a Cabinet seat and eventually eliminate one.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Government reorganizations aren’t easy, history shows

President Obama isn’t the first president to propose reorganizing federal agencies and his predecessors also faced stiff resistance.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Obama plans to visit federal agencies more often

With an election season underway, President Obama plans to visit federal agencies in the coming weeks to thank rank-and-file federal employees for their service.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Obama to meet with SAVE Award winner

The president is set to meet with a Maryland NASA worker with some cost-cutting ideas.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Budget, Administration, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012

White House to agencies: Keep it simple

New memo asks agency bosses to keep their memos short and breezy..

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

What you missed over the holidays

A look at the policy decisions and personnel changes made by the White House and federal agencies while you were out of the office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration, Revolving Door, Postal Service

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 12/20/2011

‘Flags for Feds’ bill is now law

Agencies will now be able to give a U.S. flag to the family of a federal employee killed in the line of duty due to a crime, terrorist attack or natural disaster.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Production of commemorative coins scrapped to save money

Are you waiting desperately for that dollar coin with the face of Warren G. Harding or Calvin Coolidge? It may now be harder to find.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

White House: $5.6 billion in fraud recovered

More than $5.6 billion in fraud against the government recovered this year, officials say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Administration

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Obama wants better digital archive of federal records

White House orders are part of Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 11/17/2011

NASA employee wins White House SAVE Award

The worker submitting a cost-cutting idea earned 19,000 votes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:28 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Budget

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Ironic? Transparency board meeting behind closed doors

Vice President Biden and federal watchdogs on a new transparency board are meeting behind closed doors.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:20 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Hillary Clinton and the loincloth-wearing dancer (video)

For a good laugh, click here.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Saying goodbye to government swag (video)

The Federal Eye digs up some of the best free stuff he’s picked up from federal agencies through the years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Budget, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Obama orders agency spending cuts on travel, technology and swag

A new executive order will put serious limits on government-backed travel, printing, vehicles, cellphones — and office swag.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Budget

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Arne Duncan ‘angry’ over Penn State controversy

But the education secretary says it’s too soon to know whether his department will get involved in the case.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Details from a subcabinet marriage

What’s it like being the other half of the most senior husband-and-wife team working for the Obama administration?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 11/03/2011

If Steven Chu could redo the Solyndra loan, what would he do differently?

Energy Secretary Steven Chu defends the loan program that funded the now-bankrupt solar company, but says he’d redo things differently.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:40 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011

What is the government doing to go green?

Federal agencies will unveil updated plans Monday as they aim to cut the government’s greenhouse gas emissions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Georgetown landmark to be sold by federal government

The federal government plans to sell a Georgetown landmark as part of an effort to save at least $3 billion this fiscal year.

By Ed O'Keefe and Jonathan O’Connell  |  06:00 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Administration

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Apple fan Eric Holder spotted at the Genius Bar

His visit Monday was much less awkward than a similar visit he made in June.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Spotted, Administration

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s time for others to step up’

The secretary of state says she plans to leave next year, to focus on writing, teaching and becoming a grandmother.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Ray LaHood says he’s out after four years

The transportation secretary says he won't stick around if President Obama wins a second term.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Do Latinos deserve more national parks and landmarks?

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar thinks so, and he’ll make the issue a big focus of an upcoming White House meeting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/14/2011

White House anti-waste campaign finds its first savings

The Campaign to Cut Waste’s first victory? A Medicaid auditing program that could save taxpayers $2 billion in the next five years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Budget

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Napolitano: No specific terror threat against U.S. as 9/11 anniversary approaches

With the 9/11 anniversary approaching, the homeland security secretary says there’s no specific terror threat against the U.S., but still urges vigilance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:50 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says her SUV is made in America. Nope, Canada.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the Obama administration official most responsible for job creation, says her ride is Made in the USA. Not so much.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:05 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Video Report

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/30/2011

Hurricane Irene money should be politics-free, Napolitano says

When it comes to disaster funding, political gridlock “should not be the first concern of the congress,” the secretary of homeland security says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Budget

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Origins of the ‘federal family’

Reporters and close observers notice that the White House is picking up on a new term. Who used it first?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 08/28/2011

How will FEMA pay for Hurricane Irene?

The agency is temporarily suspending payments to rebuild roads, schools and other structures destroyed during spring tornadoes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:54 AM ET, 08/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Budget, Congress

Posted at 09:57 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Hurricane Irene: FEMA, federal agencies ramp up

At least nine states are seeking federal disaster assistance in anticipation of major flooding and wind damage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:57 PM ET, 08/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Hurricane Irene: How the federal government is preparing

A running tally of what several agencies say they are doing to prepare for the storm:

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:28 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Executive order to push agencies on diversity

President Obama on Thursday issued an order to create a more diverse federal workforce

By Isaac Arnsdorf  |  02:45 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Federal Eye, Administration

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/28/2011

White House names members of new effort on waste, fraud

The Obama administration announces its new Government Accountability and Transparency Board, designed to help “stop waste, fraud and abuse in federal programs.”

By Joe Davidson  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 07/27/2011

White House meets with vets over debt crisis

The White House meets with veterans to ease their concerns about benefits being cut during the debt ceiling crisis.

By Steve Vogel  |  09:55 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Administration

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Defense can’t find leak on gays in military report

The Department of Defense fails to find those who leaked draft of report on gays in military to The Washington Post

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Obama's Washington, Administration, Military

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Tammy Duckworth leaving Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, is leaving and plans to return to her home state of Illinois, administration officials confirmed Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:17 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door, Administration

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/13/2011

White House launching new ‘Campaign to Cut Waste’

The federal government plans to close down or consolidate about 500 of its Web sites in the coming months and is scrapping plans for any new ones.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Tracking the Stimulus, Eye Opener

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Trade offices targeted in reorganization plan

A long-running obsession of Washington’s fraternity of government management gurus is how to overhaul the Commerce Department.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Under questioning, contracting official demurs on contractor disclosure order

President Obama is considering plans to require contractors to disclose political activity before earning government work.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Congress, Administration

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 05/25/2011

David Vitter blocking pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

A constitutional quirk bars the interior secretary from earning his full salary. His former senate colleague doesn’t want him to earn the extra money.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:57 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Open government sites scrapped due to budget cuts

They would have allowed federal employees to swap work tips and provided information on the quality of federal services to the general public.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/18/2011

One year of federal hiring reforms: Is it any better?

It's about a year since President Obama ordered changes, but have things improved?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Administration

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Gates rates the eight presidents he worked for

Several of his bosses were underrated, he said Sunday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Military

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/12/2011

White House staffing up to deal with GOP oversight

A veteran Democratic Party campaign operative is joining the West Wing press shop to deal with Congressional inquiries.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Revolving Door, Administration

Posted at 06:54 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Michelle Obama, Cabinet thank federal workers for their service

Special “attaboy” messages for the rank and file come during National Public Service Recognition Week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:54 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Napolitano: Federal storm response sensitive to state budget crunch

On a tour of tornado damage in Alabama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledges some cas-strapped city and state governments may need extra federal aid.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 05/01/2011

Obama administration officials tour Alabama tornado damage

Senior Obama administration officials are touring neighborhoods in Mississippi and Alabama devastated by deadly tornadoes.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  01:42 PM ET, 05/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/28/2011

A busy day for federal disaster response

Deadly storms, floods, tornadoes — and now federal officials are set to monitor a multi-state earthquake drill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Which data centers are closing?

The government is closing 137 of its nearly 2,100 data centers this year as part of an effort to close 800 of the facilities by 2015.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Contracting

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Zients: Reorganization plans on track

Top administration officials are on track to deliver plans to President Obama to reorganize about a dozen federal trade and export agencies by early June.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Obama ordering agencies to draft new technology, customer service plans

There’s online banking, self-checkout at grocery stores and self-check-in at airports. But President Obama thinks that the federal government is mostly checked out when it comes to customer-friendly technology.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:26 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Administration

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Federal government no longer subscribing to its own journal

The White House is instructing agencies to cancel print subscriptions to the Federal Register — a move that could save millions annually.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Christie Vilsack’s congressional run could make life difficult for Tom Vilsack

Christie Vilsack announced plans Wednesday to run for Congress, creating a unique set of circumstances for her husband, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 04/20/2011

The word of the week is ‘Responsibility’

Listen closely and it seems the Obama administration has adopted a word of the week. What is it? “Responsibility.” It’s turning up in all sorts of places across the government this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:05 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011

White House tech boss backs Obama's IT comments

Vivek Kundra is supporting the president’s claims that the government’s information-technology “is horrible.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Obama administration urging schools to join earthquake drills

Eleven states are set to participate in a major earthquake exercise next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Obama speaks candidly about federal workers, technology

President Obama candidly critiqued the performance of rank-and-file federal employees and bemoaned the government’s arcane technology during what he thought was a private conversation Thursday evening with donors.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:27 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Top USDA official, leaving to work for Rahm Emanuel, accused of discrimination

The Agriculture Department’s outgoing communications chief is accused of age and other discrimination

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:09 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:36 AM ET, 04/09/2011

Government shutdown: What happened when Congress missed its deadline

An obscure bit of federal rulemaking saved the government from closing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:36 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Administration

Posted at 05:41 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Obama’s top management guru frustrated by government shutdown

If things had gone differently, Jeffrey D. Zients this week might have been worrying about the Washington Nationals’ batting order. Instead he’s preparing for a government shutdown.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Administration, From The Pages of The Post

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Explaining Obama’s car talk

The president is touting a new public-private partnership designed to get more hybrids and electric vehicles on the road.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:26 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Postal Service

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Obama finally accepts his transparency award... behind closed doors

Ironically, the White House failed to disclose the meeting ever occurred.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:02 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Obama asks federal workers for reorganization ideas

In a video message, President Obama says any and all ideas will be critical to revamping the government.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:13 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Administration

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Several Obama Cabinet secretaries also in Latin America

President Obama and the first family aren’t the only ones taking in the sights and pressing the flesh this week in Latin America

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Shailagh Murray latest journalist to join Obama administration

More than a dozen former journalists work for the Obama administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door, Administration

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Obama receiving transparency award (at a later date) despite criticism

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/14/2011

How the U.S. government is helping Japan

Several elements of the federal government are responding to the Japanese earthquake by deploying personnel and observing the response from Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Federal Eye, Administration

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Study: Barely half of agencies meeting Obama’s FOIA goals

President Obama’s administration has improved in its responsiveness to Freedom of Information requests, but still has a ways to ago, according to a new report on the issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:50 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Administration

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/28/2011

No, Obama isn't calling for a three-year pay freeze

Federal workers, have no fear: President Obama is not calling for a three-year pay freeze, as some feared over the weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/03/2011

Bush whistle-blower protector faces jail

A federal judge has ruled that the former head of a federal whistle-blower protection office could face at least one month in prison for withholding information from congressional investigators, a decision that could derail a plea deal with prosecutors.

By Spencer S. Hsu  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Administration