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26,000 U.S. Postal Service employees took early-out offers

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The Federal Times reported that 26,000 U.S. Postal Service clerks, drivers and other career employees took the agency’s latest early-out offer, which involved a $15,000 buyout and an early retirement package for older employees.

The Post’s Carol Leonnig reported that an electric-car start-up and its sister company are suing the Department of Energy, claiming Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the federal agency “fixed” a race for federal funds.

In the Loop notes that three cabinet members — Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — will continue serving the Obama administration during its second term.  

• Labor Secretary Hilda Solis opted to resign her post yesterday, so here’s a look back at the National Journal’s list of potential replacements. 

Always the bridesmaid: Government Executive listed a handful of high-level government bureaucrats who have never landed a top Cabinet appointment despite consistently having their names in the mix.

• The Post’s Michelle Boorstein reported that President Obama will use two Bibles for his second-term swearing-in — one used by President Abraham Lincoln and the other used by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

At his first inauguration in 2009, Obama became the first president to swear on the Lincoln Bible since it was initially used in 1861.

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