News Briefs

April 30, 1997

News Briefs


Conference Announcements

News Briefs


U.S. Navy International Logistics Symposium

Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton will be a guest speaker at a three-day International Logistics Symposium sponsored by the Navy International Programs Office in conjunction with the American Society of Naval Engineers, July 14-16, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Crystal City, VA. Representatives from government, industry and foreign nations will meet to exchange ideas and review exhibits on a variety of logistics topics related to the Navy's Foreign Military Sales program. For program information contact NAVSEA (703) 602-9000.

20th Annual May Training Program

The 20th annual May Training Program will be held at the Arlington [Texas] Convention Center from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14, 1997. The two-day training program consists of 13 professional speakers who will present 20 different workshops on a wide variety of topics such as motivation, organizational improvement, successful writing, sexual harrassment, communication strategies, career advancement, and many more. Some workshop titles include:

  • How to Manage Projects, Priorities, and Deadlines;
  • Communicate With Clarity, Confidence, andCreditability;
  • Technology Never Stands Still.. Neither Should Your Career;
  • Leapfrogging Roadblocks to Organizational Harmony;

Conference costs are $45 per day. Complete conference details are available at The registration deadline is April 11,1997. For questions, please call Cheryl Moore, FWPC President, at 817-847-3898.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Seminar

This two-day seminar scheduled for May 1 and 2 at OPM [in Washington, DC], is designed to help Employee Assistance Program counselors and other mental health professionals in developing and managing a CISD team. The seminar prepares participants to provide a variety of crisis services for distressed employees after a traumatic event occurs at work. For more information call Sheila Rozier at (202) 606-1269.

Third Annual Performance Management Conference

May 13-14, 1997, in McLean, VA, at the McLean Hilton Hotel. This conference is designed to provide practical, cutting-edge information on a wide variety of topics related to performance appraisals and awards. To receive a brochure, call (202) 606-2720, or fax a request to (202) 606-2395. For additional conference information, call Digna Carballosa at (202) 606-1778 or E-Mail

The following news summaries are usually 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 DIARY--"Administration officials are trying to assure worried career federal workers that the hiring and training of 10,000 welfare recipients for low-paying jobs won't cut into the quality of agency work or drain scarce training dollars from key programs" (The Washington Post).

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT--In an on-going effort to increase the level of Hispanic employment throughout the federal government, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and five universities belonging to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will enter a partnership agreement that better communicates federal job opportunities to the Hispanic community (Office of Communications News Release, April 29).

PILOT PROJECTS-OPM has proposed three personnel management demonstration projects under the U.S. Army that depart from the traditional, rigid pay schedules (FEND's Government Performance Report, April 21).

FEDERAL NEWS--President Clinton asked all federal departments and agencies April 12 to offer federal employees 24 hours of unpaid leave a year to fulfill family obligations (Government Employee Relations Report).

CREATING CREATIVITY--Companies such as Bell Atlantic are using play to break down barriers and tap into a resource money can't always buy: creativity. "Corporate playology" has top executives opening board meetings with games of musical chairs, beginning presentations with crayons or Play-Doh, and designing corporate restructuring with erector sets (The Washington Times).

WORK & FAMILY--Some top bosses may signal a move toward more family time (The Wall Street Journal, Work & Family).

INTERNET--Billionaires Bill Gates and Craig McCaw have selected Boeing to crete an 'Internet in the Sky' of 286 satellites that would allow for wireless Internet use (The Washington Post).

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