Posts By Ed O'Keefe

Federal Eye: Audit: Newer federal courthouses are too big

You could call it Extreme Makeover: Courthouse Edition: The federal government’s landlord is building courthouses that are bigger than necessary, according to a preliminary report by government auditors. The Government Accountability Office revealed Tuesday that 27 of the 33 federal courthouses built by the General Services Administration since 2000 contain about 3.6 million square feetRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Federal pay cuts proposed to offset war costs

Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled two $60 billion proposals that cut government salaries and operational costs to help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and earthquake relief for Haiti. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) said they will not vote for the $59 billion war supplemental unless lawmakers come up withRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Republicans propose cutting federal pay raises

Would freezing federal worker salaries help cut government costs? House Republicans think so, and are floating the idea as one of several potential government spending cuts. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) recently launched YouCut, an online contest designed to highlight government projects his colleagues consider wasteful. Participants are asked to vote each week onRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Survey: MMS a bad place to work

Today’s news that top officials at the Minerals Management Service ignored warnings from agency scientists is consistent with findings in last year’s survey of the best places to work in the federal government. The MMS scored a 63.8 out of 100 and ranked 111th of the 216 agencies, according to the 2009 Best Places toRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Gulf Coast oil spill: Day 34 update

It’s been 34 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration and national press corps are refocusing their attention on the federal response this week with a series of visits, statements and actions. Here are highlights from this past weekend and theRead… Read more »

Robert Gates surrenders on military pay raise

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen signaled Thursday that he won’t let a pay raise for military service members derail this year’s Defense Authorization Bill. But Gates said he will “strongly recommend” that President Obama veto the Pentagon budget if it includes an extra engine for the JointRead… Read more »

Thad Allen will continue as oil spill response chief

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen will continue to serve as President Obama’s point man on the Gulf Coast oil spill after he retires later this month, the administration said Thursday. Obama tapped Allen last month to serve as national incident commander when he labeled the spill an “incident of national significance.” Such incidentsRead… Read more »

Official: Contractors will still play ‘a vital role’

By The Post’s Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson: The mix of government work done by federal employees and that done by outside contractors is out of balance, but the right balance doesn’t necessarily mean having those employees do more of the contractors’ work, the Obama administration planned to tell Congress Thursday. “While contractors play, andRead… Read more »