Government Executive March 2004 Vol. 36, No.4

magazine cover image Private Eye
By Shane Harris
Watching people on behalf of Uncle Sam

Calling the Cops
By Shawn Zeller
Short on agents to nab illegal aliens, the Homeland Security Department is seeking help from sometimes reluctant city and state police.

Body Builders
By Katherine McIntire Peters
The military is breaking new ground in amputee care.

Satellite Wars
By Shane Harris
War and terrorism sparked government's huge new demand for bandwidth, now companies are battling one another to fill it.



Managing Technology: Fighting a War of Words
By Karen D. Schwartz
Intelligence leaders need reliable language translation software to keep vital information from falling through the cracks.

Tech Insider: On the Move
By Shane Harris
Contractor marks banner year; stopping music swappers; tech stocks on the rise.

Viewpoint: Evolving Door
By Steven Kelman
Typical Air Force officers or career employees of the IRS would no sooner harm their former organizations than betray a friend.

Travel: eTravel Is Ready to Take Flight
By Caroline Polk
The federal government is set to launch its three-prong eTravel program this year.

Outlook: Speak No Evil
By Tom Shoop
The only thing more dangerous in government than trying to convey bad news up the hierarchy is going public with it.


Making Amends
By Alina Tugend
As the window closes on victims' compensation, lawyers for the Sept. 11 fund sift through thousands of last-minute claims.

Behind the Curtain
By Jason Peckenpaugh
OMB officials tried to make A-76 competitions more transparent, but some say the new rules aren't enough.

Hell No, We Won't Grow
By George Cahlink
Rumsfeld holds firm as legislators push to add troops, slow base closings.

Contested Competitions
By Amelia Gruber
Forest Service mechanic wants to open the door for employees to appeal outsourcing.

Once and Future Spies
By Shane Harris
The rush is on to reform the CIA, but Director George Tenet says a true culture shift will take at least five years.

Rebuilding at NASA
By Shawn Zeller
A new flexibility plan will help the agency attain and retain a top-notch workforce.


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