THE DAILY FED
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.
THE FEDERAL TIMES--"As it closed out its third full year, 'reinventing government' focused on turning some federal agencies into businesslike entities. Vice President Al Gore started the year by announcing that six agencies were developing legislation to remake themselves as performance-based organizations, or PBOs". . . "Temporary moves to universities, nonprofit institutions or state or local government posts may be easier under proposed rules. OPM proposes loosening the reins on intergovernmental assignments to allow agencies more freedom to run their own programs". . . "Looking back at 1996 is the kind of thing you want to do with a sideways glance. Looking full-on might hurt" . . . "Buyouts are back, with a few strings" . . . "Legal loophole holds down pay" . . . "Budget concerns still top agency agendas" (Federal Times, January 6).
FOREST SERVICE--Black employees of the U.S. Forest Service are accusing the agency's Southeast offices of discrimination, bypassing them for promotions and raises and punishing them for complaining (The Washington Post).
AFGE PRESIDENT--Federal union leader John N. Sturdivant is being treated for leukemia (The Washington Post).
JUDICIAL PAY--Federal judges often are paid less then the lawyers who appear before them, Chief Justice William Rehnquist says in requesting salary increases for the federal judiciary (USA TODAY).