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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Vote for the biggest government ‘oops’ of 2011

Witnesses are sworn in at a July House hearing on the ATF’s "Operation Fast and Furious” scandal, what some readers consider one of the biggest government “oops” of the year. (KEVIN LAMARQUE - REUTERS)
What was the government’s biggest mistake or scandal of the year? We weighed in earlier this week with some suggestions, readers shared their thoughts and now is your chance to help us make the final call. Use the voting tool after the jump to tell us which “oops” was the worst, then stay tuned for our final list in the coming days:

Government Shutdown Averted: But not before weeks of uncertainty and congressional gridlock.

The Justice Department’s Muffin Mess: A watchdog report suggests the department paid a high price for breakfast, but turns out it didn’t.

OPM’s Snow Day Miscue: An early dismissal for federal workers in January tied up traffic for hours.

Fast and Furious: The evolving DOJ scandal that has Republican tongues wagging.

Solyndra: Allegations of improper stimulus grants awarded to a now-bankrupt energy company.

TSA: Security agents acting badly and continued backlash for enhanced screening.

FAA: An administrator arrested for drunk driving, an unpaid furlough for thousands of workers and at least nine air traffic controllers asleep on the job.

Federal Waste: Benefits paid to dead federal workers, taxpayers erroneously collecting tax credits and stimulus recipients owing millions in taxes.

Air Force Mortuary Scandal: The Air Force admits to “gross mismanagement” at Dover Air Force Base mortuary. Malfunctions: OPM relaunches the federal jobs site but faces weeks of glitches and criticism.

Blame Canada (Hilda Solis): Labor Secretary Hilda Solis raves about how her energy-efficient SUV created American jobs, but turns out it was mostly made in Canada.

What was the biggest 'oops' moment of the year for the federal government? Tell us on Twitter using #govoops.

Thanks for voting and stay tuned for our final list in the coming weeks!

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