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The Federal Eye: May, 2011

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 05/31/2011

GSA art featured on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

The General Services Administration owns federal buildings, but many people may not realize that it also owns the public art inside them.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:19 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Regulators to reconsider rate increase for Postal Service

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sent the Postal Service’s request for a significant rate increase back to the regulators who denied it.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:42 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2011

FEMA official blogs about tornado response

About 200 emergency response experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency traveled to Joplin, Missouri last week to help with the recovery effort after there devastating tornado there. Among them was Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, who got on a plane last Monday morning and helped with the rescue effort for four days.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 05:42 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Coburn accuses NSF of waste

By Rob Stein  |  05:42 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 08:55 AM ET, 05/26/2011

House panel weighs plans to shrink federal workforce

A House subcommittee will examine that question Thursday morning as it considers proposals to limit the size of the federal workforce.

By Joe Davidson  |  08:55 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/26/2011

No more raises for poor-performing federal workers?

Federal employees whose job performance is rated as unacceptable would not be eligible for annual pay raises under a House bill expected to pass Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Workplace Issues

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 10:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011

The federal glass ceiling is cracked but not shattered, study says

Women working in the federal government are no longer victims of overt discrimination, but they are still paid less than men in similar jobs and less likely to be supervisors, a new report says.

By Lisa Rein  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

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 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 04:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Union leaders blast Pawlenty, warn of depressed support for Obama amid pension talk

They’re blasting the GOP presidential candidate over his call for freezing the salaries of federal workers and reducing the size of the workforce.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Press shop comings and goings

The revolving door is spinning in press shops across Washington this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door

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 06:00 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Tim Pawlenty: Freeze federal salaries, downsize federal workforce

The former governor becomes the first declared GOP candidate to engage on the federal pay and pension issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

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 06:43 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Report: Stimulus recipients owe $750 million in taxes

Companies and nonprofits reaping billions from the economic stimulus owe hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes, a new report says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:43 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tracking the Stimulus, Contracting, Oversight

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, 05/23/2011

Postal Service getting its way with Burger King

The mail agency and fast food giant reach a settlement on the use of the image of a letter carrier in TV ads.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011

How many federal and postal workers can retire?

The numbers may surprise you.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Postal Service

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 12:55 PM ET, 05/18/2011

OPM chief: ‘Amazing leap forward’ in federal hiring process

The Obama administration’s point man on federal hiring reform said Wednesday that the government has made significant strides in strengthening its employment process in the last year.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:55 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 01:48 PM ET, 05/17/2011

How might federal pensions be changed? (Video)

The Federal Eye explains how the White House and congressional leaders might alter the federal pension to help pay down the deficit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Video Report

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Will federal pension proposal make public sector work less attractive?

Close observers and rank-and-file federal workers think so.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Federal workers respond to targeting pensions to pay debt

Federal workers respond to the news that employee pensions may be targeted as part of a plan to pay down the national debt.

By Ryan Kellett  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Postal Service threatens again to not pay retiree benefits

The U.S. Postal Service cannot pay roughly $5.4 billion in retiree health benefits it is required to pay this fall because it won’t have enough money to do so, the postmaster general said Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Report: Postal Service needs new trucks, can’t afford them

It would cost almost $7 billion to replace the iconic right-hand mail trucks, according to a new government report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Federal pensions targeted: What do you think?

Will paying more for your federal pension affect you? Let us know!

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:28 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Shirley Sherrod considering USDA contract

The former employee, fired after a speech was misconstrued, could work for the department on contract.

By Krissah Thompson and Ed O’Keefe  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/16/2011

The Obama Family’s night at the (Smithsonian) museum

President Obama and his daughters visited the National Museum of American History on Sunday, marking the president’s first visit to the museum since he took office.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 06:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011

How federal worker pensions might be targeted

After years of fighting for and against it, the White House and congressional negotiators are seriously discussing the possibility of forcing at least some federal employees to pay more towards their pension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Budget

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 03:04 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Federal government considers limits on bonus funding

Executive Branch agency heads were asked to review a proposal that provides specific limits on total spending.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:04 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Federal worker who confronted Obama hears back from the White House (Video)

Karin Korpowski-Gallo says she’s set to meet soon with the White House personnel office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Video Report

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

Postal Service says Houston dogs bite most often

The U.S. Postal Service releases a list of the cities where letter carriers are bit (by dogs) most often.

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

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 05/12/2011

At town hall, federal worker losing her job confronts Obama

A federal employee who is on the verge of losing her job confronted President Obama about her status during a CBS News town hall meeting broadcast Thursday morning.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:55 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Budget

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Postal union contract ratified

Members of the U.S. Postal Service’s largest labor union have ratified a new four-year deal that gives them a 3.5 percent pay increase but requires they pay a greater share of their health-care costs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 03:55 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Air traffic controllers defend themselves on YouTube

The nation’s largest air traffic controller union is turning to a reliable tool to rehabilitate its image: YouTube.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:55 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

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 10:23 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Need to recharge your car? Try Capitol Hill.

A bill may soon make it possible to recharge hybrid vehicles on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress

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

Postal Service loses $2.2 billion in second quarter

The U.S. Postal Service reported $2.2 billion in losses during its second quarter, continuing several quarters of historic losses amid declining mail volume and financial obligations to prefund worker retirement benefits.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:30 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 09:30 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Salaries of top Postal Service executives revealed

A new database reveals the earnings of top USPS executives and regional officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Officials move physical center of the U.S. population farther west

File this story under the heading: “Why on Earth does the government bother to do this?”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Census

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 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 10:50 PM ET, 05/05/2011

The Federal Eye is on the road...

On the road again, so blogging will be lighter Friday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:50 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

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 03:37 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Google execs, tech experts focus on future of Postal Service

Some of the folks responsible for e-mail, e-commerce and social media are banding together in a bid to save the U.S. Postal Service.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:37 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 06:21 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Looking to buy property? The federal government has at least 12,000 to choose from

A new White House database reveals that the federal government owns at least 12,000 buildings, warehouses and storage sheds it no longer needs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:21 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget

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 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 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

 

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