Reporter Elizabeth Flock of U.S. News and World Report, over here in the Washington Whispers column, has discovered the announced purpose of the meeting that drew NTEU president Colleen Kelley to the meeting discussed in today’s special report.
The timing appears fishy, but a closer examination of Kelley's visit reveals she was visiting the White House to participate in the "Workplace Flexibility Forum," a March 2010 event that was about the state of flexible work arrangements. According to a April 2010 story in the federal trade worker publication FCW, Kelley spoke at the forum about the benefits of teleworking and other flexible work schedules. FCW reported that the event was hosted by Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The visitor log also notes that Kelley's visit took place in the "South Court Auditorium," a large room in the Old Executive Office Building across from the White House -- not exactly a prime location for a private meeting.
Flock also includes this link to an April 2010 story in the online publication FCW:The Business of Federal Technology. Kudos to Flock for nailing down the specific topic of the meeting and the physical location of the meeting in the White House complex.
There is an interesting sentence in Flock’s article. This one:
Kelley's office didn't immediately respond to request for more information about her March 2010 appearance, but we will update when we hear back.
Kelley’s office didn’t immediately respond.
We await Kelley’s response.
And we will be back.
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