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The Federal Eye: September, 2011

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/09/2011

IRS program for whistleblowers not up to snuff, audit says

A new audit by the Government Accountability Office says a stepped-up program to reward tipsters who report corporate tax fraud needs improvements.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Academic says management of federal government needs changes

A prominent academic expert on public service describes a crisis in how the federal government is managed.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Tricare fee increase hits a roadblock

By Lisa Rein  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Legislation backed to reform Peace Corps

House and Senate lawmakers will introduce bipartisan legislation Thursday that would improve treatment and prevention training for Peace Corps volunteers who are victims of violent crime, a response to widespread criticism that the agency has not done enough to help them.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:01 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Former USPS chief Potter to run DC-area airports authority

Our colleague Ann Marimow reports that former Postmaster John E. ’Jack’ Potter will lead the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority , which runs two of the nation’s busiest airports.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:28 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Tobacco warnings get graphic

The Food and Drug Administration today released a series of long-awaited warnings on the dangers of smoking, graphic images that are required to appear on all cigarette packs sold in the United States.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Federal unions and advocates fight pension proposal

Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (D) joined federal employee unions Wednesday to denounce a plan targeting federal pensions to balance the budget, calling it an assault on civil servants and a tax on 2.2 million “middle-class” Americans.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:50 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Number of immigrants in federal prison increases, but proportion stays stable

About 55,000 immigrants in the U.S. legally and illegally were in federal prison last year, a 7 percent increase from 2005, government auditors said Thursday.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:56 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Federal unions: Obama administration isn’t forthcoming with shutdown plans

Federal employee unions lashed out at the Obama administration on Monday, five days before Congress must agree on a budget.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Federal workers: Shutdown planning is taking a toll

Federal workers weighed in at today’s live chat discussion on a possible government shutdown and how they and their agencies have been faring under continuous stopgap budgets

By Lisa Rein  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Join The Post and GovLoop for a live chat Friday on the federal budget

The Post and GovLoop, the social networking site for federal workers, are teaming up Friday for a live chat on the federal budget

By Lisa Rein  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/31/2011

The fine print of cutting government printing costs

With all of Washington looking for new ways to trim the federal fat, there’s yet another proposal to cut back on the amount of money spent on paper and printing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Bill would trim list of Senate-confirmed jobs

Hundreds of assistant secretaries would no longer have to endure confirmation hearings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Many experts agree: Government shutdown likely

If you believe many budgetary and political experts, the federal government is shutting down.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Budget

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Ending Saturday mail could save billions, GAO says

Total savings would depend on how quickly it can make the changes, according to the report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

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 03:56 PM ET, 03/29/2011

AFGE releases new radio ad to fight budget cuts

The American Federation of Government Employees, the government’s largest union, released a radio ad Tuesday that calls on federal workers to “set the record straight” on what they do — and fight a Republican House plan to slash government spending by $61 billion.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:56 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Senate to examine challenges facing top federal executives

A Senate panel will open a window Tuesday on the Senior Executive Service, the top echelon of federal managers.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Postal Service taps Hill staffer for No. 2 spot

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it has tapped a former Capitol Hill aide for its No. 2 spot, appointing Ronald Stroman as deputy postmaster

By Lisa Rein and Ed O’Keefe  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Another hearing on American Muslims

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) plans a hearing Tuesday on Muslims’ civil rights.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:13 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/28/2011

TSA grounds Wiccan baggage screener

Airport security agency grounds baggage screener for being a ... witch

By Lisa Rein  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The challenge of governing without a budget

The federal government is on its sixth continuing resolution, as the country heads into day 179 without a budget.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:59 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/25/2011

DOT faults Amtrak in inspector general’s ousting

A new report says Amtrak officials did not give “adequate consideration” to a federal law requiring them to inform Congress before they pushed out the rail service's long-serving inspector general two years ago.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:37 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Postal Service to offer buyouts to shrink workforce

The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it will offer $20,000 early retirement incentives to eligible administrative staff as part of a money-saving strategy that also will close seven district offices from New England to New Mexico.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:34 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/24/2011

OPM boss says agency pushes healthy lifestyles for feds

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on health insurance companies that provide coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to encourage healthy lifestyles by “providing concrete incentives to participate in wellness and prevention activities.”

By Joe Davidson  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Explaining the Postal Service’s job cuts

The job cuts are expected to impact about 2,000 postmasters — the folks who manage individual post offices — and another 5,500 supervisors and administrative staffers. Cutting postmasters is especially noteworthy, because it will likely prompt USPS to close the post offices they operate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 03/23/2011

House Republicans plan to probe Postal labor deal

House Republicans are inviting postal officials to Capitol Hill to explain their tentative agreement with a top labor union.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:09 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Some per diem rates for feds going up

Starting next month the federal government is planning to pay more for federal employees traveling to New York City, San Francisco and other sites on official business.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

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 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 06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Federal workers asked for government reorganization ideas

This time the White House is asking for tips on how to reorganize the government.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Details emerge about federal government’s underutilized properties

Turns out most federal government buildings are at or near capacity.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:34 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 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 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 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 06:00 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Scott Walker cites federal pay to prove his point

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is using the federal government’s pay and benefits system to explain the controversial budget reform plan passed by Wisconsin lawmakers last week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Postal Service closely tracking mail from Japan

Postal officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are establishing procedures to detect and analyze any items that may contain harmful levels of radiation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 06:00 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Is FEMA ready for the next disaster?

The agency “is in a constant state of flux” and needs more experienced personnel to prepare for disasters, according to a government watchdog.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 03/16/2011

New ‘Forever’ stamps honor Latin music legends

Or perhaps we should call them “Siempre” stamps?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:56 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 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 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 08:30 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Federal HR boss calls for new employee evaluation system

By Joe Davidson  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011

7 in 10 Americans support allowing women in ground combat

Results from a new Post-ABC News poll come as the Pentagon prepares to review its current policy on women in ground combat roles.

By Ed O’Keefe and Jon Cohen  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 03/15/2011

About our redesign, new comments section and how to earn a badge!

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve relaunched the washingtonpost.com home page, section fronts,article pages and comments section in hopes of fostering more substantive, serious conversations prompted by The Post’s reporting and analysis.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:52 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  About the Blog

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Budget impasse means less paid overtime for some feds

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Budget, Workplace Issues

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Poll finds increased pessimism in government

New Washington Post-ABC News polling numbers should bring pause to those working within the government or who care about its operations.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2011

How do continuing resolutions impact agencies?

A new three-week continuing resolution may make things easier for Congress, but likely will wreak havoc at federal agencies, if history is any guide.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Government Shutdown

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Postal Service, largest union reach new 4 1/2 year deal

The U.S. Postal Service and one of its largest labor unions have reached a new 4 1/2-year deal that would give pay raises to about 205,000 postal workers, but force them to pay more for health insurance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, The Federal Eye, The Federal Eye, Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Government doctor could be fired for politicking

A federal personnel panel has ordered the removal of a Department of Veterans Affairs doctor for engaging in political activities while on the job at an Arizona hospital.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Oversight

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 07:18 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Obama administration defending its FOIA progress

Barely half of all federal agencies are meeting goals set by President Obama on his first day in office regarding Freedom of Information requests, according to a new study out today.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:18 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

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 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 06:00 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Smithsonian opening a ‘Made in America’ gift shop

Officials unveiled the plans after an ultimatum from lawmakers: Sell more American-made tschotskes or risk losing billions in federal funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Obama expects trade, export reorganization plans in 90 days

President Obama is giving aides 90 days to find ways to overhaul federal trade and export agencies, according to senior administration officials familiar with his plans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Talking federal pay and benefits (Video)

The Federal Eye spent part of his morning with Peter Slen, fielding viewer calls on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Despite reports, Postal Service not cutting 30,000 jobs

Some misleading news reports published Wednesday suggested the U.S. Postal Service is slashing 30,000 positions by the end of September. Not so, according to postal officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Darrell Issa probing how agencies balance their books

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and House Republicans are turning their attention to the less prominent, but arguably more important, side of the Obama administration’s ongoing transparency efforts -- specifically, how federal agencies balance their books.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/09/2011

On the road with David Broder

Our friend and mentor David Broder died today at age 81 after a long illness.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Deputy U.S. Marshal dies from gunshot injuries

One of two deputy U.S. marshals shot Tuesday in St. Louis has died of injuries, making him the third federal agent killed in the line of duty in the last several weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 03/09/2011

SEC porn sting netted workers in 7 cities

The 33 Securities and Exchange Commission employees and contractors reprimanded last year for accessing pornography on agency computers worked in Washington, D.C. and six regional offices, according to documents released as part of a lawsuit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:48 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Report: Foreign Service officers poorly equipped for crises

By Joe Davidson  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Security guards caught napping, watching TV, report says

Private security guards protecting the Social Security Administration were founding napping, watching television, chatting with coworkers, talking for hours on the phone and failing to check identification badges at security checkpoints, according to a new watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:54 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2011

The messy side of a government shutdown (Video)

The Federal Eye explains on TBD's "Capital Insider" how even the National Zoo must prepare for a possible government shutdown.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Troops have 10 more days to get stop loss benefits

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/05/2011

Government updates weather closings policy

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/04/2011

How sailors are learning about a post-DADT world

Even as the Navy is seeking to discharge a sailor who allegedly violated the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, it is also instructing sailors on how it plans to stop enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Average time to hire federal workers improves

Addressing the chief concern of federal job applicants, the average length of time it takes agencies to hire new employees has dropped by more than two weeks, according to new government figures.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:56 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Sen. Mark Warner talking up federal workers

A Virginia senator is devoting Senate floor speeches to the work of rank and file federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 11:17 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 reaction from veterans groups and other commentators.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Government ending telework center funding

Despite a new law allowing federal employees to work from home or other sites outside the office, about a dozen telework sites across the Washington region are losing federal funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Postal Service suspends deliveries to Libya

The U.S. Postal Service is suspending the delivery of mail to the country due to a lack of transportation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Government shutdown averted (Video)

The Federal Eye appeared on Wednesday's "Fox 5 Morning News" to discuss the potential political fallout of a government shutdown.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Video Report

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Federal workers union gathers uneasily for conference

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) kicked off the annual gathering of the National Treasury Employees Union on Tuesday with a call to federal workers to "gird yourself for battle" against Republican-led attacks on their ranks.

By Lisa Rein  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Unions

Posted at 11:05 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Government shutdown avoided for now, with a two-week funding extension

House and Senate leaders on Tuesday bought themselves a little more time in their efforts to avoid a government shutdown, agreeing to a two-week funding extension that also includes $4 billion in spending cuts.

By Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe  |  11:05 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Government Shutdown

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/01/2011

How a potential government shutdown is impacting federal workers

Earlier this week we asked federal workers and contractors to share their thoughts on how a potential government shutdown might impact them -- and you've responded well.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Government overlap costs taxpayers billions, GAO reports

According to a Government Accountability Office report, the U.S. government has more than 100 programs dealing with surface transportation issues, 82 monitoring teacher quality and 80 for economic development. Five work to ensure the federal government uses less gasoline.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Turf War

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Poll: Blame for possible government shutdown is divided

Americans are divided over who would be to blame for a potential government shutdown, with large numbers saying Republicans and President Obama are playing politics with the issue, according to a new Washington Post poll.

By Jon Cohen and Paul Kane  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Government Shutdown

 

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