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Executives list obstacles to outsourcing HR services

August 29, 2007 According to a new study, federal personnel executives are willing to consider alternative sources of human resources services, but face significant hurdles in transitioning to new systems. The report, from EquaTerra, a Texas-based consulting firm, said those challenges include a lack of adequate standards, incomplete information about services offered and ...

NASA report rebuts astronaut drinking allegations

August 29, 2007 A NASA report released Wednesday dismissed allegations made earlier this summer that astronauts were drunk during or drinking before spaceflight, and said the agency had proper safeguards in place to prevent impaired crew members from flying. "I was unable to verify any case in which an astronaut spaceflight crew member ...

Employee groups praise Gonzales -- for leaving

August 27, 2007 Federal employee groups and government officials praised Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' decision to resign Monday, saying it is the first step to restoring credibility to a department that has been plagued with low employee morale and political pressure under his leadership. "Gonzales' resignation was inevitable," said John Gage, president of ...

Bush accepts attorney general's resignation

August 27, 2007 In a brief appearance at Justice Department headquarters Monday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced he would leave his position on Sept. 17. Gonzales thanked President Bush for his friendship and the opportunities the president had given him to serve the public, but Gonzales offered no insight into why he offered ...

Activist to sue Defense Department claiming religious bias

August 23, 2007 The activist who sparked a Defense Department investigation into the participation of a number of high-ranking officers in a video promoting the evangelical group Christian Embassy said on Thursday that he will soon file a lawsuit against the military in federal court in Kansas. Michael Weinstein, the president and founder ...

FAA administrator to head trade group when term expires

August 22, 2007 The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said late Tuesday that once her five-year appointment ends this fall, she will take a job as president and CEO of an aerospace trade group. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's term is up Sept. 13, and she will join the Aerospace Industries Association on ...

NASA urged to consider morale in reshaping workforce

August 10, 2007 NASA has made progress in planning for its future workforce needs, but the agency's changing mission will pose significant challenges for human capital planning and implementation, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. A 2005 GAO report expressed concerns about NASA's efforts to transform its workforce in ...

EPA, VA clear officials who appeared in religious video

August 9, 2007 Environmental Protection Agency and Veterans Affairs Department officials who appeared alongside military officials in a 2004 video promoting an evangelical group have been cleared of potential wrongdoing, agency officials told Government Executive. The Defense Department inspector general recently criticized seven military officials for their participation, but did not judge the ...

IG criticizes Army, Air Force officers’ participation in religious video

August 7, 2007 A recent report by the Defense Department's inspector general concluded that seven Army and Air Force officers -- including four generals -- improperly participated in a 2004 video promoting Christian Embassy, an evangelical group that has reached out to political, military and diplomatic leaders in Washington for more than 30 ...

Labor board rulings highlight FAA-union tensions

August 7, 2007 The Federal Labor Relations Authority issued two decisions Monday on the fractious contract disputes between the Federal Aviation Administration and its unions. Those feuds may play a central role in FAA reauthorization this fall, as congressional Democrats have signaled their desire to reshape the agency's bargaining authority. In the first ...