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The Federal Eye: October, 2011

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

What is the government doing to go green?

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

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

Posted at 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 12:45 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Eye discusses USAJobs with Greta Van Susteren

The government’s ballyhooed new site for finding federal jobs got an upgrade, but 16 days after its relaunch, bugs remain.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 04:35 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Flags for federal workers bill revived

The bill stalled amid objections from a prominent veterans organization.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:35 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

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 12:50 PM ET, 10/27/2011

USAJobs continues to frustrate many

The government’s ballyhooed new site for finding federal jobs got an upgrade, but 16 days after its relaunch, bugs remain.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 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 03:00 PM ET, 10/26/2011

How much money is spent on federal workers?

The Congressional Budget Office is out with a new estimate — and warns that cuts to the federal workforce could spell trouble.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Workplace Issues

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 10/26/2011

OMB employees vote on whether to form a union

Office of Management and Budget employees are voting whether to form a union today and again next week.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:08 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

When Condoleezza Rice met Moammar Gaddafi

The former secretary of state describes what she thought of the former Libyan dictator’s odd obsession with her.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

USAJobs.gov 3.0: Are things any better?

It’s been two weeks since the launch of the federal government’s new and supposedly improved job board, USAJobs.gov. The site has been plagued by all kind of glitches, from problems searching to getting access.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/21/2011

For families of fallen, a bittersweet day

The organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors predicted that the next several months will prove “emotionally challenging” to family members.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Postal workers mark 10 years since anthrax attacks

Employees will gather in Washington at several events Friday to mark the deaths of two colleagues who died from anthrax inhalation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Education tax credit mistakenly claimed by millions, report says

FEDERAL EYE | The IRS disputes the conclusions of a new federal watchdog report that says many people incorrectly took advantage of an education tax credit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Tracking the Stimulus

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Investment limit for Thrift Savings Plan to rise, IRS says

The investment limit in the Thrift Savings Plan will increase in 2012 for the first time since 2009, rising to $17,000.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Georgetown landmark to be sold by federal government

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

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

Posted at 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 01:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Deadline extended for federal job seekers

The government’s personnel head says problems with USAJobs site are still being resolved.

By Lisa Rein  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Federal retirees to get COLA increase

The inflation adjustment to federal retirees’ benefits will be effective in January, after two years of no increases.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:42 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Is it time to update the Hatch Act?

The new head of the Office of Special Counsel says the law barring political activity at federal offices is in need of a big update.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 10/18/2011

USAJobs revamp: Is the site any better? Users say no

Eight days after launching a revamped USAJobs site, users are still having trouble.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:41 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 02:20 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Postal Service says stamp prices are going up

The U.S. Postal Service says the price hikes are necessary to generate more revenue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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

Apple fan Eric Holder spotted at the Genius Bar

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

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

Posted at 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 04:33 PM ET, 10/17/2011

IRS chief: Budget cuts would hurt U.S., taxpayers

The IRS commissioner has warned Congress that plans to cut the agency’s budget would increase the U.S. deficit and hurt customer service.

By Joe Davidson  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Congress

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Cloud computing contract with ties to Microsoft and Google needs changes, GAO says

A proxy battle between Google and Microsoft in their war to provide cloud computing services to the federal government results in a decision favoring Microsoft.

By Ed O'Keefe and Marjorie Censer  |  03:10 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting

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

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

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

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

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Government charge card abuse could soon be history

If passed, the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act might require regular credit checks of federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Congress

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Obama’s ex-auto, manufacturing adviser sets sights on the Postal Service

FEDERAL EYE | President Obama’s former top manufacturing policy adviser, who helped rescue the American auto industry, plans to serve as an adviser to the letter carriers union.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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 05:25 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Senators call for extending federal pay freeze for third year

The chair and ranking member on the Senate panel responsible for federal personnel says it’s necessary to help pay down the debt.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:25 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Court claims some of Abramoff’s book profits

Disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abamoff won’t see all the profits from his upcoming book.

By Emily Heil  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

The post office chronicler

Graduate student Evan Kalish drives across the country to photograph post offices slated for closure in an effort to preserve history with his blog.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

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

Ray LaHood says he’s out after four years

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

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

Posted at 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 02:40 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Federal property closing panel one step closer to reality

A House committee approved a bill Thursday that would establish a BRAC-like commission to find federal buildings worth closing or selling.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Budget

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011

The Postal Service isn’t owed a big refund, GAO says

A new report details the real reason why USPS is broke — and why is taking Congress so long to sort out the problem.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Frank Kameny’s legacy: a reminder of the federal government’s history of unfriendliness to gays

Kameny’s death Tuesday served as a reminder of the history between the federal government and gay people.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Getting ready for the big switch in Iraq

The State Department and its civilian workforce are slated to take over most U.S. operations in Iraq at the turn of the year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Congress

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Quick thinking in the snowstorm nets $500

The federal government’s chief People Person recounted the story of the snowstorm as a lesson in how to listen to your employees and promote an open culture.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:20 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 11:15 AM ET, 10/10/2011

The federal government and the Civil War

From female Treasury clerks to the Secret Service, the Civil War government set the stage for the bureaucracy we know today.

By Lisa Rein  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Federal worker is idled for four years by red tape

Stephen Patrick is a nuclear courier for the federal government who broke the rules on government vehicles four years ago. He hasn’t worked since — but he’s been paid.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:30 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Health care is making the postmaster general angry

Want to get a reaction out of the nation’s top mailman? Ask him about rising health-care costs.

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

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011

What do federal employees think of their workplace?

Search the results of a recent survey of federal employees to find out who’s the happiest.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Are federal agencies careful customers?

A new report suggests agencies that closely monitor the activities of their contractors are more likely to stop using bad ones.

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

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

Brown calls for report on alleged bank fraud of veterans

Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio) calls for a report on alleged fraud of veterans and taxpayers by firms.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Michelle Obama thanks the Secret Service

First lady Michelle Obama went to the Secret Service headquarters Wednesday to thank employees there for protecting her family.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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, 10/05/2011

Senator to Coast Guard: Sink the pirate ship!

Or, use it for target practice, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) suggests.

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

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Spending measure gives Postal Service 6 more weeks to pay bills

The short-term spending measure passed Tuesday gives USPS more time . . . but will it ever pay up?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Congress

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 06:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Top federal watchdog faces budget cuts

The nation’s most prominent federal watchdog, often credited with finding ways to save taxpayers billions of dollars, is poised to face significant budget cuts that may require layoffs and the closure of its regional offices.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Congress

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/02/2011

The Postal Service’s new ad campaign, Capitol Hill harassment claims on the rise (Video)

The Eye weighs in on the Postal Service’s new TV ads and the rising number of harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report

 

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