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Federal Employees News Digest : June 10, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. June 10, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 45 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com least one of them in search of high- security leaks? And what role, if any, did Attorney General Eric Holder play in an action that has enraged many journalists and First Amendment supporters. Internal Revenue Service. How about revelations that IRS gave conservative tea party groups a very hard time when they applied for favorable tax treatment? Although some high heads have rolled, how many career employees will be impli- cated? Or will it be something completely dif- ferent? Will Syria and North Korea have faded, replaced by two other countries neither of us can probably pronounce or place on a map? None of us, of course, knows how any of the above incidents will figure in the elections, or if they will be gone with the wind. Will they be traded out for a new round of "scandals," or instead forgotten by a public that is already saturated with politically slanted reporting by the can't- get-enough 24/7 news cycle? Will we be tweeted out, or what? The media are not likely to let the DOJ-AP issue just go away, even if the public is divided on the issue (or more likely bored with the issue in short order). The public may not care all that much about freedom of the press. And many people feel that the press ought to be a little more careful, as it was during World War II, especially where national security is concerned. It could be that a year from now Libya, the AP issue and the IRS incidents will have been resolved, forgotten or left to simmer off stage. It could be that as with past scandals---from Whitewater to Iran- Contra to Watergate---people will vaguely remember them, but be short on details. Or passion. But there is one thing I can almost certainly guarantee you. Whether Justice, State, the White House and the IRS get their knuckles rapped or nose bloodied, most of the above scandals will probably have faded (except in the most partisan circles) by then. However, the public will remember one thing forever: Parties. They will recall the General Services Administration's wild and lavish parties and conferences, and more recently those IRS training sessions that cost the government (that would be you) big $$$. GSA had mind-readers and fortu- netellers, very expensive party favors, speakers and lavish suites for top regional brass. And we are learning that the IRS may have outdone it with dance lessons, presidential suites and very, very, very expensive trainers and public speakers. Something like $50 million spent in "training" over a two- or three-year period. That's a lot of mimes! Rule No. 1 in political Washington is this: Never kick them while they are up! We---the politicians, the media and others---love it when a celebrity stubs his or her toe big-time. Or gets caught up in a romantic scandal. Or twitters and e-mails very explicit photos of himself. Increasingly, when it happens, we the people forgive and forget, and elect or reelect these folks to high office, or sit back to watch them become cable TV commentators making six or seven fig- ures. The Navy's elite SEALS get credit for bringing down Osama Bin Laden. Great work. But as many brave and wonderful things as people do, we are human and remember the bad too. An example is the Navy Tailhook scandal. If it's slipped your mind, Google it. It involved only a relatively small number of individuals, but the memories linger on for some and will never be gone. But the one thing that doesn't seem to get forgotten or forgiven is a bunch of federal workers messing around in the desert, or partying the night away. Who do those feds think they are, Enron? INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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