Posts By Ed O'Keefe

Federal Eye: Census Tops Richardson’s Commerce To-Do List

The nomination of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) to head up the Commerce Department comes as the department’s U.S. Census Bureau prepares to conduct its decennial national count of Americans. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests there’s still plenty to do before the bureau starts counting in 13 months. Have no fear —Read… Read more »

Federal Eye: Federal Employees Donate to Their New Boss

The Obama-Biden Transition Project has earned $1,170,937.44 since it began accepting donations on Nov. 15 and among the 1,776 people that have donated, 35 are federal employees or members of the military. They have donated $5,925 basically to help their next boss, Barack Obama, prepare for his new job. All appear to be rank-and-file typesRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Who Will Protect Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton’s nomination to serve as secretary of State creates an unique jurisdictional battle between the U.S. Secret Service, which protects current and former presidents and first ladies, and the the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which protects the secretary of state, visiting foreign dignitaries and all American diplomatic missions abroad. The two lawRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Bad Weather and Federal Holidays

The start of the holiday season and the drop in temperatures is a good excuse to revive conversations about federal work holidays and what happens when bad weather strikes. Thanksgiving Day was the second-to-last federal work holiday of 2008, Christmas of course being the last. (See the full list here.) The Fridays after both holidaysRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Napolitano Faces Contracting Challenges at DHS

Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.) is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to serve as secretary of homeland security. Should she be nominated and confirmed, she faces challenges well beyond border security, airport security and collective bargaining rights for TSA employees. A new report by the General Accountability Office issued yesterday demonstrates that the department still lacks theRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Top Federal Workers Union Lists Priorities for Obama

Once he takes office, President-elect Obama should issue an executive order re-establishing the federal sector labor-management partnership and all federal agencies should have to review service contracts and cancel wasteful ones, according to recommendations issued today by the National Treasury Employees Union. The group represents roughly 150,000 federal employees and 31 agencies or departments. ItRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: The Eye Opener: Nov. 19, 2008

Good morning! Today we shift away from Eye-themed humor and bring you the Red Rockers song, “China.” Why? Because the Food and Drug Administration is sending food inspectors overseas to work with importers and food safety inspectors and will open its first overseas offices today in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, China. Send your news tips,Read… Read more »

Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Nov. 18, 2008

Good morning! Alan Parson’s “Eye in The Sky” kicks us off today. Perhaps appropriate today since President Bush will announce his plans to ease holiday air traffic congestion during a speech at the Transportation Department. Leave your Eye-themed humor or pop culture suggestions in the comments section below. In other news… Burrowing: “Just weeks beforeRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Nuts and Bolts: Obama’s Flight to D.C.

A new presidential administration invokes plenty of great traditions and events, including the activity surrounding a transition and inauguration. Then there are all the other routine Washington occurrences, such as the State of the Union, confirmation hearings and the budget process. While other Post colleagues handle the hard news from those big events, The EyeRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: The Plum Book: How Do I Apply For a Job?

Following yesterday’s rolling coverage of the Plum Book, a few (newly!) loyal readers have asked how one goes about applying for a job listed in the Plum Book. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, responsible for the book’s publication, suggests you: 1.) Contact your representative or senator if you’re applying for the highestRead… Read more »