Government Executive August 2001 Vol.33, No.10


HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Fire Drill
By Brian Friel
Panicked by last summer's record blazes, lawmakers ignited an eight-month hiring frenzy at land agencies.

DEFENSE MANAGEMENT
Bracing for Closure
By George Cahlink
Defense installations already are gearing up to fight a proposed round of military base closures in 2003.

THE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS
Phone Fight
By Shane Harris
The FTS 2001 contract offers long-distance telephone and data services at nearly no cost, but agencies have struggled to take advantage of the low prices.

AGENCY FOCUS
Tackling Tax Technology
By Karen D. Schwartz
Close cooperation with contractors and Congress is helping the IRS get the kinks out of its knotty modernization effort.

MILITARY STRATEGY
Occupying Space
By Katherine McIntire Peters
The United States hopes to seize a new strategic high ground-outer space.

AGENCY FOCUS
Natural Leaders
By Jeffrey P. Cohn
The Morris K. Udall Foundation nurtures future careers in environmental policy through scholarships and internships.

Departments

Letters

Managing Technology: Gazing into the Internet's Future
By Joshua Dean
The Internet's next generation promises more speed and reliability.

Managing Technology: A College of One
By Brian Friel
Lessons learned from the Army's online university will unlock more virtual classrooms.

Personal Technology: Climbing the Business Card Mountain
By Joshua Dean
Organize that mountain of business cards in a flash; mobile translator knows what to say.

Management: Next Steps Toward Better Results
By John Kamensky
The performance-based concept still has the power to produce results.

Defense Beat: It's Time to Try Two-year budgets
By M. Thomas Davis
Biennial budgeting is ready for prime time, so let's start with the Defense Department.

Marketplace: For Small Business, It's a Jungle Out There
By Allan V. Burman
Speedier procurement processes may be squeezing small firms out of the race.

Financial Management: The Integration Challenge
By Ray Boedecker
Integrating purchasing and financial systems takes more than technology.

Travel: Ask the Experts
By Lauren R. Taylor
The logic behind the travel regulations.

Viewpoint: Politicals Deserve Praise
By Robert Maranto
Political appointees play a vital role, and they're smarter than people think.

Columns

Editor's Notebook: Beyond Bad News
Political World: The Best Deal in Town?
The Last Word: Crusader at the Crossroads Back Issues





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