The Federal Eye: Military


Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012

GAO: Military too slow to aid whistleblowers

Whistleblowers in the military aren’t getting enough protection against reprisals, which hurts the nation’s armed services, a GAO report says.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Eye Opener, Oversight

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

The $1 billion program is part of a series of initiatives meant to reach out to the growing military veterans community.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012

The defense budget and civilian federal pay

Don’t be confused: The new Pentagon budget doesn’t set the rate of pay for other federal workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Military

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 09:15 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Army slashing 8,700 jobs as budget cuts begin

Buyouts and attrition will help meet the reductions by next September.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Military, Workplace Issues

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

Veterans Day: How many veterans work for the federal government?

The numbers may surprise you.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Gay troops to file suit challenging Defense of Marriage Act

The suit comes a little more than a month after the Pentagon formally ended “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Veterans groups mobilize against defense cuts

The nation’s largest veterans organizations are mobilizing their members to pressure Congress to preserve military spending and benefits.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Budget, Congress

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Military voting jumped last year, report says

The numbers jumped in part because of a new law requiring states to make absentee ballots more accessible to overseas troops.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Committee probes alleged loan fraud against vets

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will investigate whethe lending institutions have cheated veterans and taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars by charging illegal fees in home refinancing loans.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:45 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Oversight, Congress

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Panetta: Military retirement changes shouldn’t affect current troops

The defense secretary says any future changes to the military retirement system will not affect those currently serving but that changes are likely.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

The Postal Service debate, round two (Or three? We’ve lost count.)

New ads, videos try to sway the public on how to fix the Postal Service’s financial woes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Military, Congress

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Gay weddings can be performed by military chaplains, Pentagon says

The decision validates a move made by the Navy in May that earned the ire of conservative critics.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Don't ask, don’t tell: Who is Randy Phillips?

The 21-year old senior airmen captured our attention as “don’t ask, don’t tell” went off the books.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/20/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ ends, troops mark the day in different ways

Gay rights activists and U.S. military officials do not anticipate a wide number of troops to come forward Tuesday to reveal their sexuality.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed: reactions

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ ends: Magazine tells stories of gay troops

Provocative and personal stories are included in a new magazine for and by gay and lesbian service members.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/19/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ officially ending

The Army becomes the first military branch to formally end the almost 18-year ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 09/12/2011

How should gay troops behave after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ends?

Gay rights troops are reminding the rank and file about the Pentagon’s policy on political activity as several military facilities are expected to host parties marking the ban’s end.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Moran asks for meeting on Mark Center concerns

The Northern Virginia Democrats wants a meeting with the Pentagon to discuss concerns that the new office building is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:30 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Workplace Issues

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

Gay military magazine to be distributed at Army, Air Force bases

Any interested readers will be able to pick up copies of a new publication targeting gay service members starting in September.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

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 06:33 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Military leaders to certify end of ‘don't ask, don't tell’ Friday

Move means the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in uniform will end in late September.

By Ed O'Keefe and Craig Whitlock  |  06:33 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 07/07/2011

In Iraq and Afghanistan, gay troops cheer ‘don’t ask’ court ruling

From Iraq and Afghanistan, they say this week’s federal court ruling puts them one step closer to full recognition.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:50 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

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 06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Gates open to ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ before leaving

FED EYE | Gates says he would endorse ending ’don’t ask’ before he leaves if brass says troops are ready.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

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 06:00 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Suggested questions for Leon Panetta

What would you ask President Obama’s nominee to serve as the new defense secretary?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Confirmation Hearings, Military

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Navy ship that buried Osama bin Laden stops in Hawaii (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson reaches shore weeks after burying the terrorist leader at sea.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Video Report

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 06/08/2011

GAO report examines alleged assaults at VA facilities

The Government Accountability Office reported Wednesday that there have been nearly 300 alleged cases of sexual assaults at Veterans Administration facilities over a three-year period.

By Steve Vogel  |  09:38 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress, Military, Military

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Robert Gates: No opt-out for troops opposed to ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The defense secretary reminds Marines they can’t leave just because they disagree with lifting the ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:30 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Conservatives want congressional action for chaplains

Conservative legal activists and Christian leaders want the Senate to include language in the annual Pentagon policy bill that bars Defense Department employees from participating in same-sex-marriage ceremonies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 05/24/2011

‘Plebes no more’ at the Naval Academy (Video)

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:40 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Video Report

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 11:41 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages

But the Defense Department may still eventually permit gay troops to use military chapels for same-sex wedding after “don’t ask, don’t tell” ends.

By Ed O'Keefe and Craig Whitlock  |  11:41 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 05/08/2011

Marines speak out on end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Federal Eye spends a few minutes with about a dozen Marines discussing the end of the ban on gays in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 PM ET, 05/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Troop training on end of DADT done by August, military says

Military officials say the Army will be the last to finish mandatory training programs, due to its large size.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Why is it called ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’?

Hint: It has nothing to do with Libya

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:08 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Nuts and Bolts

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/17/2011

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ protesters headed to court

Thirteen activists arrested last fall for chaining themselves to the White House fence in opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy are scheduled to appear in federal court Friday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Tips for military families moving to D.C.

The Post’s Sunday Real Estate section is smartly providing tips and information this weekend for military families preparing to move to the Washington area.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:26 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Reaction to Westboro Baptist Church court decision

The Supreme Court's decision protecting a fringe church's anti-gay protests at military funerals is garnering a mostly negative response from veterans groups and other commentators.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Supreme Court