The Federal Eye: Agencies and Departments


Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Public Service Recognition Week May 6 - 12

Public Service Recognition Week launches in support of nation’s civil servants.

By Marcia Davis  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Viewpoint: NOAA budget cuts cost too much

A viewpoint about the cost of President Obama’s proposed budget cuts to NOAA.

By Steve Tracton  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, The Federal Eye, Budget

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012

FEMA prepares to provide tornado relief

The emergency agency has roughly $3.7 billion to begin distributing aid to victims of last week’s devastating storms.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012

GAO scales back to fewer than 3,000

Head of top watchdog agency says he’s cutting back to staffing levels not seen in more than 75 years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Eye Opener

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/30/2012

LED bulbs to be installed Monday on the Mall

LED bulbs are being installed free of charge Monday along the Mall in Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Stolen Pissarro returned to France by ICE

Find out which federal agency handed over a rare, expensive piece of art to the government of France.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Sen. Rand Paul declines TSA pat-down, is escorted from security checkpoint

The Kentucky senator was escorted away from a Nashville airport security checkpoint for declining secondary screening, the agency says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes

The Internal Revenue Service releases updated figures for how much federal, congressional and postal workers owe Uncle Sam.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues, Postal Service, Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener, Video Report

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012

How was the Justice Department Web site attacked?

And — perhaps more critically — could it happen to other government Web sites?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Justice Department Web site inoperable after feds seize Megaupload

Anonymous, a group of Internet hackers, claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.

By Ed O'Keefe and Ian Shapira  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Buyouts, buyouts everywhere!

With bigger budget cuts looming, agencies turn to buyouts to save money.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Darrell Issa seeks answers on Occupy D.C. from Park Service

The GOP lawmaker says the Park Service hasn’t been forthcoming about the costs of the four months of protests.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Agencies and Departments, Oversight

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson to be memorialized

Friends, colleagues and dignitaries to gather today to remember the first female park ranger killed in the line of duty.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

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 03:15 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Richard Cordray speaks out (video)

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau speaks out in his first public address since taking the job.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Latino sites identified as potential national parks

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touts a new report that could indirectly boost Obama’s reelection campaign.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Special counsel Carolyn Lerner shaking things up

Carolyn Lerner, new head of the Office of Special Counsel, is shaking things up at her tiny, obscure investigative office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Man sought in park ranger’s killing believed dead

Gunmen killed two federal law enforcement officers over the weekend in unrelated incidents, capping a deadly year for federal law enforcement agencies and marking the new year with a grave milestone.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Duggan  |  02:38 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

TSA bill means military may get faster screening

Congress passes a law forcing the agency to come up with ways to quickly shuttle troops and their families through airport security.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Treasury Building earns a green honor

The department’s 142-year old building is poised to earn a ‘green’ honor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011

How many .gov sites exist? Thousands.

FEDERAL EYE | A new report finds that many federal Web sites and addresses are inactive.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/20/2011

A woman is set to lead GPO for the first time

With the top boss on his way out, a woman will lead the Government Printing Office for the first time in its history.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Hearing exposes disarray at nuclear agency

FEDERAL EYE | Four commissioners and the agency chairman air their grievances before a House committee.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight

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 08:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Dispute between Nuclear Regulatory Commission members about ‘organizational issues,’ White House says

Obama administration declines to send witnesses to a House hearing on tensions at the nuclear safety agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/12/2011

‘If you see something, say something’ going bilingual

It’s the Spanish version of the “If you see something, say something” campaign.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/08/2011

NOAA satellite system funded, but at what cost?

Plans to help weather satellites come at the expense of other agency projects, our colleagues report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:40 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011

FAA’s Randy Babbitt resigns after drunk driving arrest

He says he doesn’t want his drunk driving arrest to be a distraction for the agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door

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

Obama administration targeting food stamp fraud as program reaches record highs

The new tactics come as more Americans than ever are using federal money to buy food.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Bureau of Labor Statistics site crashes as new unemployment figures are released

The Bureau of Labor Statistics acknowledges that its Web site crashed again this morning with the release of monthly employment data.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/18/2011

Secret Service protection is common on the campaign trail

Agents have been protecting candidates for years — find out how many and for how long.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/16/2011

TSA shares holiday travel tips

What you should and shouldn’t plan to bring through an airport security checkpoint.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Wildlife refuge renamed for late U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director

Congress votes to rename a wildlife refuge for agency director who died unexpectedly last year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Report: IRS Austin plane crash handled appropriately

A new watchdog report says the agency prepared for and responded well to the 2010 plane crash at its Austin office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 11/10/2011

What do the Departments of Commerce, Education and Energy think of Rick Perry's plan?

Calling for the elimination of federal agencies is nothing new for GOP presidential candidates.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:45 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

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

FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building ‘deterioriating,’ report says

The FBI wants out of its current headquarters, but the alternatives are costly.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/03/2011

‘This is a test...’ is going national next week

Every American TV and radio station will be required to participate in a first-of-its-kind test.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 11/01/2011

TSA frequent traveler program earning good reviews, agency says

The program may soon expand nationwide.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2011

GSA head: We are having ‘our stomach stapled’

The head of the General Services Administration says the current budget climate may force it to abandon plans for new federal buildings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/28/2011

TSA to fire ‘Get your freak on girl’ screener

The agency says the Newark-area employee will soon be out of a job.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

The Statue of Liberty turns 125

The National Park Service is planning a series of events Friday to mark Lady Liberty’s big day.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Janet Napolitano: Hackers have ‘come close’ to major cyberattack

Despite immigration, airport security and terrorism, the Homeland Security secretary says she spends a considerable amount of time on cybersecurity.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/26/2011

TSA screener removed for inappropriate note

A baggage screener left a message for a female passenger in her luggage. That screener is no longer checking bags.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/26/2011

National Park Service honors top ranger

Her bosses say Lisa Hendy has mastered the skills needed to be a good park ranger.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011

GSA official gets 2 years in prison for kickback scheme

Eric Minor’s conviction was part of a five-year investigation into the abuse of government-issued charge cards.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Budget cuts at GAO may force furloughs

With big budget cuts likely, workers at the nation’s best-known federal watchdog also won’t get new laptops as planned.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:20 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Justice Department lawyers irked by plans to close offices

A plan to save $8 million by closing four regional offices could cause many career attorneys to quit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Budget, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011

How the euro crisis hurts national parks

A longtime parks expert says the financial crisis over there means fewer foreign visitors to U.S. landmarks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

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

New VA training video produced by Iraq vet

A new Department of Veterans Affairs training video is produced by an Iraq war veteran.

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

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Fallout from the $16 muffins continues

It’s in response to those pricey muffins paid for by the Justice Department.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/10/2011

What do Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and George Patton have in common?

Their military records are moving to a large new facility.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 10/06/2011

More data centers being considered for closure

The federal government is taking another look at data centers with plans of closing more facilities.

By Marjorie Censer  |  03:15 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/06/2011

What will they do with the MLK Memorial quote? (Video)

The Federal Eye on what the National Park Service might do about the paraphrased quote on the new memorial.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/05/2011

MLK Memorial quote concerns Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar says the Interior Department and the National Park Service will address “several issues” after the memorial’s Oct. 16 dedication.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Amanda Knox monitored by State Dept. from the start

The treatment afforded to the Seattle-area college student is no different than what other Americans could expect.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/03/2011

FEMA money starts flowing again

The agency’s disaster relief fund is doling out a new payment of $2.65 billion.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011

EPA is shutting its doors ...

The Environmental Protection Agency is shuttering three staff-only entrances at its Washington headquarters starting this weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/26/2011

FEMA has enough money to last until week’s end

The agency revises drop-dead estimates issued last week.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 09/23/2011

FEMA’s disaster fund may go broke by Tuesday

Congress is on the verge of depleting federal disaster relief funds for the first time in the agency’s history.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:40 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Congress

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Another bite of the muffin

Why both Hilton Hotels and a federal watchdog are correct in their pricing of baked goods and other conference expenses.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/22/2011

With FEMA funding in limbo, what’s being held up?

A look at some of the projects not receiving federal funding while Congress determines how to pay for federal disaster assistance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/17/2011

Air shows require weeks of planning with the FAA

Interested in organizing an air show? It won’t happen unless you fill out several pieces of paperwork.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nuts and Bolts, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Secret Service expects a ‘demanding’ 2012

The agency's director anticipates a busy year protecting current and former presidents, visiting dignitaries and the eventual GOP presidential nominee.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Budget, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/13/2011

‘Contagion’ shines light on real-life ‘disease detectives’

Meet the federal government’s real-life medical experts portrayed by Kate Winslet and other actors in the new top-grossing movie.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Could ‘Contagion’ happen for real? (Video)

The latest Hollywood blockbuster comes with a federal agency’s seal of approval.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Social Security offices to ban people who make threats

The move is in response to growing threats against agency workers and federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Report: FBI eliminates a DNA backlog

The agency’s processing of samples from convicted federal offenders, arrestees and criminal detainees is now at a “manageable monthly workload.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Agencies and Departments

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

Homeland Security sends a 9/11 thank you message to its workers

The message includes the secretary, her two predecessors and several agency bosses.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/08/2011

FEMA boss deflects questions on Ron Paul’s criticism

Craig Fugate declined to engage the Texas Republican on his criticisms of the agency during Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

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

Federal government issues its 8 millionth patent

It’s going to a company hoping to help restore some eyesight to certain blind people.

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

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Napolitano: Keeping shoes on during airport screening coming — eventually

The Homeland Security secretary says it’s getting easier to permit passengers to keep them on during screening.

By Ed O'Keefe and Ashley Halsey III  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 08/31/2011

In affidavits, Peace Corps volunteers tell stories of assault and frustration

Newly released affidavits detail the stories of about 30 current and former volunteers who were sexually assaulted overseas.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:40 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 08/29/2011

After Irene, FEMA facing a disaster of its own — funding

Now that the big hurricane is behind us, FEMA is running out of money and finds itself operating in a new political and fiscal climate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:16 PM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Budget, Agencies and Departments

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 05:03 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Earthquake damaged U.S. Treasury building

Parts of a granite railing on the roof of the building dislodged and fell either Tuesday or Thursday, the department said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:03 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  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 12:23 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Hurricane Irene moves north, FEMA sets expectations

The agency reminds Americans that they should turn first to local and state officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:23 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/25/2011

Pentagon tours now include ‘security enhancements’

The Defense Department is adding unspecified security enhancements to public tours of the Pentagon, based on recommendations from its police force.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Military

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/25/2011

Labor Dept. okays earthquake-related absences

The Labor Department won’t deduct leave time from employees who took time off Tuesday or Wednesday because of this week’s earthquake.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Earthquake prompts unscheduled federal leave, building closures

A dozen major federal bulidings in the Washington area are closed Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:25 AM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 08/24/2011

After earthquake, feds get variety of evacuation orders

Federal agencies exercised a myriad of evacuation options, prompting some confusion and concern.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:15 AM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/23/2011

FEMA preparing for Hurricane Irene

Among other things, the storm could impact Sunday’s formal dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/05/2011

OPM proposes new ‘Pathways’ to federal jobs

Office of Personnel Management’s proposals for its Pathways Program are designed to give students and recent graduates new roads to federal jobs.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Federal Eye, Agencies and Departments, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/15/2011

GS: Document detective at Library of Congress

The Washington Post launches new series on federal workforce. First up is Fenella France, a document detective at the Library of Congress.

By Marcia Davis  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Federal Eye, Agencies and Departments, From The Pages of The Post

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Hot under the collar at the Baghdad Embassy

With temperatures rising outside, air conditioners inside the U.S. compound aren’t fully functioning due to a fuel shortage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/04/2011

In Iraq on July 4, ‘rockets’ red glare’ has special meaning

The thousands of U.S. diplomats and contractors stationed in Iraq are still at great risk.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/29/2011

HHS to collect health data in gay communities

The Department of Health and Human Services plans to include health data on sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues in the National Health Interview Survey, HHS announced Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Health Care, Miscellaneous

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 02:18 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Mark Twain on a Forever Stamp

Legendary American writer to get his own Forever Stamp.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Agencies and Departments, Miscellaneous

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 06/23/2011

TSO union vote results announced

By Joe Davidson  |  09:15 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  unions, The Federal Eye, Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Pentagon Papers released: How they did it

We talk to the guy responsible for releasing the 47-volume, 7,000-page document.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/08/2011

A little more on teleworking

Here’s a look at how federal workers are being informed of their teleworking status.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Smithsonian’s ‘Made in America' gift shop opens

The tiny third-floor gift shop at the National Museum of American History is opening after congressional complaints and pressure.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Interior Department wants a new logo (but don’t call it a seal)

Are you artistic? Looking to score about $1,000? The Interior Department wants to hear from you.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Government Printing Office wants to offer buyouts to 330 workers

With a declining need for paper copies of government anthologies, budgets, booklets and instruction manuals, the government’s printing shop is looking to scale back.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Keeping U.S. officials safe overseas (Video)

An inside look at how the Diplomatic Security Service trains officers to protect top U.S. diplomats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Shirley Sherrod contract talks with USDA turn rocky

The former department official said she was insulted by USDA’s initial offer to rejoin them on contract.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:32 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Obama wants agencies to buy greener wheels

The government is buying 101 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars and 15 battery-powered electric vehicles as it moves closer to its goal of greening the federal vehicle fleet.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011

FEMA aid bill advances as tornado response continues

Lawmakers want to give it another $1 billion as it is already stretched thin by other twisters and floods one week before hurricane season begins.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Researchers see a pattern in rise of deadly tornadoes

The extraordinary Joplin twister — the single deadliest tornado since officials began keeping records in 1950 — was a rare destructive phenomenon known as a “multi-vortex.”

By Brian Vastag and Ed O’Keefe  |  10:00 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Missouri tornadoes: Death toll climbs to 116; FEMA moves to respond

FEMA is likely to ramp up operations in the state later today.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:30 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Obama to thank CIA workers Friday for helping find Osama bin Laden

He’s headed to Langley to thank the rank and file for their help in capturing Osama Bin Laden.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011

State Department computer error halts immigration lottery

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants may be unable to move legally to the United States because of a State Department computer glitch.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Crews build a better Reflecting Pool (Video)

The Washington Post’s Michael Ruane visits the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as it is being completely overhauled.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 05/09/2011

FEMA, FCC launching new alert system early in D.C. and N.Y.

A mobile telephone emergency alert system is being launched ahead of schedule in Washington and New York.

By Ed O'Keefe and Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  07:38 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Transportation Dept. announces $2 billion for rail projects (Video)

Amtrak and projects in 15 states are getting money that Florida passed up.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:25 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report, Video Report

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 05/05/2011

FEMA: Hundreds seeking federal aid via smartphones

The numbers are small, but the agency’s boss is set to tell lawmakers they’re proof that the agency is seeking new ways to quickly distribute federal aid.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:18 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Presidential commission calls for National Museum of the American Latino

The panel recommends it be built near the U.S. Capitol as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of museums.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:17 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 05/02/2011

FEMA liaisons bringing aid to tornado zone

The agency’s liaisons are armed with fliers, cell phones and some patience.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:25 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Charlie Sheen tours Alabama tornado wreckage, vows to hold a fundraiser

The actor vows to hold a fundraiser to benefit victims of last week’s storm.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:36 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

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 10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Space Coast copes with end of shuttle program (Video)

As President Obama prepares to visit the Kennedy Space Center, thousands are preparing to lose their jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues, Workplace Issues

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/28/2011

President Obama to tour tornado damage on Friday

Federal and state leaders stressed Thursday that the sheer number and magnitude of this week’s powerful storms — and not a lack of preparation — is causing a high death toll.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Federal agencies participating in ‘National Take-Back Day’

For the first time several federal agencies are setting up drop-off points for employees to safely dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Recording of Michelle Obama’s plane diverted (Audio)

Listen as air traffic controllers and the plane carrying the first lady talk out a last-minute diversion from the runway.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 04/13/2011

TSA, Congress vow to review pat-down of 6-year-old girl

The review comes amid an uproar over video of a TSA screener giving an enhanced pat-down to a 6-year-old girl.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:40 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Oversight

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Suspects face federal charges on allegations of shooting at FPS officer

Two suspects are accused of shooting at an off-duty federal law enforcement officer earlier this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:01 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 03/22/2011

FBI probing package with explosives left at Detroit federal building for 3 weeks

The FBI is investigating a suspicious package containing explosives left unattended by security guards for three weeks inside a 26-story federal building in Detroit, according to law enforcement officials.

By Ed O'Keefe and Jerry Markon  |  06:20 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Does the Government Printing Office need a name change?

Is it time to change the name of the Government Printing Office to better reflect the times? A key senator and the agency’s director suggested as much last week during a review of the agency’s budget requests.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:26 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Where’s your tax refund?

The IRS is reporting few problems with this year’s tax returns, except for one select group of people.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/16/2011

How the U.S. government is helping Japan

Dozens of nuclear energy experts have joined thousands of troops providing assistance to the Japanese government in the wake of last week’s 9.0 earthquake.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Peace Corps, Special Olympics teaming up in five countries

It’s a move that would make the late Sargent Shriver very happy: The Peace Corps and Special Olympics are teaming up in five countries to support programs helping children with disabilities.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Public Service

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Levin, federal workers slam Army's move to put brakes on insourcing

Democratic Senator and public employee union president respond to Army plan to put in-sourcing on hold

By Lisa Rein  |  04:56 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Contracting, Unions

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Federal workers: Tell us your stories

What's life like in the federal government with no budget?

By Lisa Rein  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/16/2010

FEMA's new bilingual ad campaign

FEMA today launches a new bilingual awareness campaign designed to encourage Americans to prepare in advance for natural disasters by developing family disaster plans and having the necessary supplies on hand.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/13/2010

FEMA's Craig Fugate on Twitter and preparedness (Video)

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate spoke Thursday with John Solomon for his In Case of Emergency Blog after a brief speech to the Red Cross Emergency Data Summit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 08/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments