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Poor performers not a big problem, OPM says

February 9, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com Let's face it. The federal government is typically viewed as having a chronic problem with poor-performing employees. In fact, even many government managers say that dealing with bad apples is a big challenge. But a new report from the Office of Personnel Management suggests that the actual number of...

GOP offers long-term care insurance proposal

February 8, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Civil Service, Thursday introduced legislation that would offer federal employees and annuitants the option to purchase long-term care insurance, at group rates, for themselves and their families. The Civil Service Long Term Care Benefit Act, H.R. 602, would make...

Comings and Goings

February 8, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com Every Monday on GovExec.com, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to webmaster@govexec.com or fax it to 202-739-8511. C O M I N G S Dan L. Crippen has been appointed the director of the Congressional...

SSA on target in cutting management layers

February 5, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com The Social Security Administration is making progress in its efforts to achieve a supervisor-to-staff ratio of 1-to-15 by the end of fiscal year 1999, the General Accounting Office has reported. By the end of fiscal 1998, the agency had reduced its supervisor-to-employee ratio to 1-to-12.4 from about 1-to-7 in...

Despite downsizing, women, minorities gain top jobs

February 3, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com The continued downsizing of the federal government has not affected the upward mobility of minorities and women, according to the Office of Personnel Management's annual report to Congress on the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program. While total employment in the executive branch decreased by 3.3 percent from September 1996...

Budget includes 4.4 percent federal pay raise

February 2, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com President Clinton's proposed fiscal 2000 budget includes the largest federal pay raise since 1981. The President proposed a 4.4 percent military and civilian pay raise next year, and 3.9 percent raises each year from 2001 to 2004. Although Clinton originally proposed a 3.1 percent increase for fiscal 1999, employees...

Comings and Goings

February 1, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com Every Monday on GovExec.com, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to webmaster@govexec.com or fax it to 202-739-8511. C O M I N G S Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane Garvey has named Daniel J. Mehan...

New web site creates military quality of life line

January 29, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com Military personnel and their families have a new "lifeline" to quality of life information. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig Wednesday launched a new Web site, www.lifelines4qol.org, which is designed to allow service members in all braches of the armed forces all around the world obtain information. "There is no organization...

Senators push for regulatory cost-benefit reviews

January 27, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com A group of senators, led by Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., last week introduced legislation that would require the government to report on the costs and benefits of federal regulatory programs to the public. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Sen. John Breaux, D-La., joined...

Supreme Court rejects census sampling plan

January 25, 1999 amaxwell@govexec.com The Supreme Court Monday ruled that the Clinton administration cannot use statistical sampling methods for the 2000 census. The federal census law does not allow for the use of statistical methods intended to make the population count more accurate, the justices said in a 5-4 ruling. When the Census...