News Briefs

September 27, 1996

News Briefs

The following news summaries are from OPM AM, the daily newsletter of the Office of Personnel Management. OPM AM is available on OPM Mainstreet, the agency's electronic bulletin board, at 202-606-4800.

OPM "SECRETS"--"Accomplishments at OPM [outlined in Best Kept Government Secrets] include decreasing the workforce by 43 percent and cutting administrative costs by 17 percent, reducing the number of supervisors from one for every 7.8 employees to one for every 12 employees, decentralizing government job recruitment and hiring, assisting agencies in providing career transition services, eliminating the 10,000 page Federal Personnel Manual, and cutting red tape in applying for government jobs. OPM also created an employee-owned company to perform government background investigations, the first government privatization of its kind that will save $25 million in five years" (Government Employee Relations Report, September 23)

THE FEDERAL DIARY--According to one benefits expert, "anyone retiring near the end of this year--or any year--should be aware that their payment for unused annual leave will be adjusted to reflect the increased rate of pay that takes effect in the new leave year" (The Washington Post).

AROUND GOVERNMENT--"Congressional Republicans have agreed to cut the budget for the Internal Revenue Service but have apparently eased fiscal pressures that would force widespread layoffs at the start of next year" (The Washington Post)..."Republicans and the White House moved toward agreement on an omnibus spending bill required to keep most of the government operating in the new fiscal year beginning Tuesday" (The Wall Street Journal).

PARTNERSHIPS--A presidential mandate to streamline the federal government has led to dozens of successful labor-management partnerships, according to a report released by the American Federation of Government Employees Sept. 13 (Government Employee Relations Report, September 23).

OTHER VIEWS--Pilot program tracks federal contracts awarded to small firms (Business Journal, Charlotte, NC, August 5; Pacific Business News, Honolulu, HI, August 12; Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville, FL, August 16).

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.