News Briefs

February 5, 1997
THE DAILY FED

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.


BUDGET--President Clinton's new budget, set for release Thursday, will help set the government's short-term agenda, but congressional Republicans are moving to embrace a long-term approach that could strengthen their oversight of federal programs and how agencies spend taxpayer dollars (The Washington Post, Page A25).

NEW RULES--OPM is proposing new rules to enhance the opportunity for federal employees to receive retention service credit during reductions in force based on their actual job performance (Office of Communications News Release, February 3).

THE FEDERAL DIARY--"OPM brass say the proposed changes will give equal treatment to workers in departments with different performance rating systems" (The Washington Post, Page B2).

RATINGS--"Once only your boss's opinion mattered at appraisal time. If the 360-degree feedback craze continues, you may find yourself ringed by raters, including your co-workers, subordinates and even your customers" (Government Executive, February).

OTHER VIEWS--The Plum Book is available on the Internet (San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, CA, Jan. 7)...In an attempt to minimize layoffs or demotions because of downsizing and restructuring at government agencies, OPM recently invited agencies to request authority for early outs for their workers (Federal Computer Week, Bureaucratus, Jan. 6)...Lawyers looking for jobs in the U.S. government should check OPM's World Wide Web address and other stops on the Federal Employment Information Highway (WBA Newsletter, Feb.)...Which form should you use when applying for a federal job? (Federal Jobs Digest, Feb. 7).

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