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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Fed swag no more, and J.Edgar Hoover as Norman Bates (read-this roundup)

The era of government swag might be over. Our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports that President Obama is poised to put the kibosh on spending by agencies on travel, equipment, and technology--which not only means we’ll likely see more officials hoofing it across town instead of cabbing, but that there won’t be any agency merch to spread aground.
Cabs: out; Walking shoes: in.

“The move likely means agencies will no longer distribute coffee mugs, tote bags, t-shirts and other equipment emblazoned with its logo to employees or the general public,” O’Keefe reports.

What else will feds now wear to the gym?

Elsewhere, one of the most colorful characters in the history of the federal bureaucracy is is getting the silver-screen treatment, and our colleague Ann Hornaday’s review finds that J.Edgar Hoover comes across as... Norman Bates in the new flick J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

And this colorful quote caught our eye:

“I’m the ice sculpture in the middle of a big propaganda buffet.” --Mark Simon, a Falls Church businessman at the center of a “political thriller scripted by China’s Communist Party,” according to our colleague Andrew Higgins.

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