News Briefs

July 3, 1997

News Briefs


Conference Announcements

News Briefs


10th Annual Federal Quality Conference

Get more information on this special conference and download a brochure and registration forms from our special conference section.

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.

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.

**TSP OPEN SEASON**The Thrift Savings Plan Open Season runs through July 31. During this time, you may begin contributing to the TSP, change the amount of your TSP contributions, or allocate TSP contributions to your account among the three investment funds. To get more information and download the forms you will need, click here.

KOSKINEN--"John Koskinen spent two decades specializing in overhauling financially floundering, inefficiently run big companies. That seemed perfect preparation for his recent stint in the federal government." For the past three years, Mr. Koskinen, the deputy director of the office of Management and Budget, has worked with Vice President Al Gore's reinventing government (The Wall Street Journal).

THE FEDERAL DIARY--Federal workers have until the end of this month to join the Thrift Savings Plan or to reallocate where future payroll investments will go...and...Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), plans a news conference Monday to urge the Clinton administration to improve hiring and promotion practices for minority group members in government (The Washington Post).

FEDERAL ISSUES--Make family friendly law permanent, OPM urges in a report to Congress...Political activity exemptions proposed for federal employees in two counties...House budget panel Oks reconciliation and drops pay plan for workfare employees (Government Employee Relations Report, 6/30/97).

OF INTEREST--State and local elected officials have gotten an unwelcome surprise as they enter the era of electronic communications: their use of e-mail often violates open meeting laws (USA TODAY).

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