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The Federal Eye: January, 2012

Posted at 06:04 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Obama calls again for capping government contractor pay

The White House renews call to cut government contractor pay as GOP plans vote on a bill to freeze federal worker salaries.

By Ed O'Keefe and Marjorie Censer  |  06:04 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Budget

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Federal, congressional pay freeze bill to be considered by House this week

A Wisconsin Republican wants to stop government pay raises for one more year, going against White House budget proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues, Budget

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/30/2012

FDA whistleblowers sue; their e-mails were monitored

The Post reports today on a lawsuit filed by six FDA scientists who blew the whistle on what they believe were dangerous medical devices their bosses pressed them to approve.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 04:22 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Federal Buzz: The price of innovation in federal government

To what lengths should government go to discover the next great innovation?

By Allison Primack and GovLoop  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Aneesh Chopra leaving the White House, likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor

Aneesh Chopra is likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor, Democrats say.

By Ed O'Keefe and Anita Kumar  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Gary Locke’s wife on life in China

Lots of barbed wire and magazine spreads, if you’re the wife of the U.S. ambassador.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:22 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Public Service

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/26/2012

All federal workers to be quizzed on satisfaction

The Obama administration opens up a worker satisfaction survey to more than 1.8 million workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Eye Opener

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2012

How Twitter helped the White House

A White House new media official details how the social media tool helped Obama get his payroll tax extension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: Tom Vilsack to serve as Cabinet's ‘designated survivor’

Find out which member of President Obama’s inner circle has been told to stay away from tonight’s big speech for security reasons.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: Obama’s Cabinet hitting the road

Various secretaries and agency bosses will visit cities nationwide to tout the plans unveiled in the State of the Union address.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Question of the week: Share your thoughts on the State of the Union | #Fedbuzz

Share your thoughts on the State of the Union | #Fedbuzz

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:22 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: 30 years of ‘Skutniks’

Tonight’s State of the Union marks 30 years since a president first turned to the rafters and pointed to a regular Joe.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration, Congress

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/23/2012

White House to unveil budget plan in mid-February

The budget release date is later than in past administrations but consistent with the release of President Obama’s 2012 budget last Feb. 14.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget

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 07:23 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Federal offices opening at 11 a.m. on Monday

Icy conditions overnight are to blame; workers will be given two hours of excused absence.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:23 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/22/2012

Stamp prices go up and postal labor talks fail

It’s the first price spike in two and a half years as talks with two major unions are likely headed to mediation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2012

‘Engagement fatigue’ in the federal government? | #FedBuzz

For better or for worse, social media has changed our lives. But are we taking it too far?

By David Reinbold and GovLoop  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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, 01/19/2012

Why reorganizing government will be hard (in one chart)

Need proof that it’s going to be difficult? Take a look at this chart.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

SEC Inspector General David Kotz’s departure adds to watchdog vacancies

Latest departure of an inspector general leaves yet another important watchdog role unfilled.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Revolving Door

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 01/17/2012

TSP again used in debt ceiling move

The government once again has engaged in a financial maneuver involving federal employee retirement savings to avoid breaching the debt ceiling.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:29 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Darrell Issa plans hearing on Occupy D.C.’s risk to public safety

Lawmakers on a committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa plans to hold a hearing next week to probe public health and safety concerns at the encampment.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Oversight

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Jeffrey Zients tapped to lead Office of Management and Budget

Deputy director will replace Jacob Lew, who is leaving to become White House chief of staff.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/17/2012

The pros and cons of reorganizing government (video)

The Federal Eye on the potential upside and drawbacks of revamping federal agencies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Video Report, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Obama’s reorganization plans earn early criticism

Employees of the National Weather Service aren’t happy with plans to move their parent agency to the Interior Department.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Recounting the building of a dream

Harry E. Johnson Sr., head of the Martin Luther King memorial foundation, delivers a speech about what it took to get a place for the civil rights leader on the National Mall.

By Marcia Davis  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Overheard

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: What's open, closed and who’s where?

A quick look at what’s open and closed and how the Obama administration will mark the federal holiday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Obama’s plans mean musical chairs for the Cabinet

The new plan would add a Cabinet seat and eventually eliminate one.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Government reorganizations aren’t easy, history shows

President Obama isn’t the first president to propose reorganizing federal agencies and his predecessors also faced stiff resistance.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Should elections be held on weekends?

The conclusions in a new government report might surprise you.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Recess appointments constitutional, Justice Department says

Justice Department releases its legal opinion backing up recent White House recess appointments.

By Ed O'Keefe and Ylan Q. Mui  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Revolving Door

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Congressional wildfire ‘office pool’ angers firefighters

Federal firefighters complained this week when they learned Capitol Hill staffers bet on how many acres of land would burn.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Obama plans to visit federal agencies more often

With an election season underway, President Obama plans to visit federal agencies in the coming weeks to thank rank-and-file federal employees for their service.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

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 06:03 AM ET, 01/10/2012

As William Daley goes, Jack Lew steps up. So who’s going to run OMB?

With Jack Lew headed across the street to the White House, it may eventually fall to his two deputies to step up in an election year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:03 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Revolving Door

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012

A little more about the government’s plain English

A plain-language expert opines on the White House’s call for simple-to-understand federal text.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/06/2012

White House proposes 0.5 percent pay increase for federal workers

The proposed raise is far below the national cost of living increase and comes amid tight budget restrictions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Workplace Issues

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

White House to agencies: Keep it simple

New memo asks agency bosses to keep their memos short and breezy..

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

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, 01/05/2012

What is a recess appointment?

When is it used? Is it legal? Can it be stopped?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Revolving Door

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Nominations being accepted for ‘Sammies’

Folks have until Jan. 18 to nominate top-performing federal employees for a prestigious honor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Is your government agency encouraging innovation?

The Center for American Progress is running a quiz for federal employees and managers.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 01:09 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Retirement savings plan yields mixed results

Investment funds in the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal and postal employees posted widely varying results for 2011.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

When are the 2012 federal holidays? (And looking ahead to 2013.)

You're just back to work after the holidays. So when can you take a day off in 2012?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

What you missed over the holidays

A look at the policy decisions and personnel changes made by the White House and federal agencies while you were out of the office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Administration, Revolving Door, Postal Service

 

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