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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)

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.

TweetWhat 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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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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