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Union Membership Holds Steady

June 10, 1997 letters@govexec.com The percentage of federal employees who are members of unions, 59 percent, has not changed over the last five years, the Office of Personnel Management reported this week. Downsizing has taken its toll on union membership. As of Jan. 1, 1,098,072 federal employees were represented by unions, 164,787 fewer ...

Agencies Make Welfare Promises

June 10, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal agencies last week officially pledged to hire more than 10,000 welfare recipients by the year 2000, despite plans to lay off current federal employees in many departments. In a report to President Clinton last week, Vice President Al Gore outlined the plans each agency has drafted to locate, ...

DoD Told to Outsource, Downsize

June 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com One in four Defense Department headquarters managers and support personnel and 40 percent of the department's acquisition workforce would lose their jobs in the next four years under a bill introduced in the House last week. House National Security Committee Chairman Floyd Spence, R-S.C., and Rep. Ronald Dellums, D-Calif., ...

Change Would Shrink Pensions

June 6, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal employees would receive smaller pensions under a proposal being considered in Congress that would change the formula for calculating annual retirement benefits. Under the change, employees would have to delay retirement for up to nine months to become eligible for the same pensions they would receive using the ...

Battle for IRS Oversight Begins

June 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com A top Treasury Department official said on Tuesday that a proposal to put a panel of private sector managers in charge of the IRS was "dangerously flawed." In an address before the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the government should not turn ...

Get Ready for Results

June 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com Agencies are likely to meet the fall deadline for drafting strategic plans under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), but many of those plans will be poorly done, the General Accounting Office predicts in a new report. GAO found that while nearly three in four senior executives were ...

The Verdict

June 3, 1997 letters@govexec.com Survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, families of the 168 victims of the blast and federal employees around the country cheered and cried yesterday after a jury found Timothy McVeigh guilty on 11 counts of conspiracy and murder. They will now wait to see whether the jury sentences ...

Lump-Sum Leave Pay Varies

June 2, 1997 letters@govexec.com Employees who leave the government with the same rates of pay and the same amounts of unused leave do not always receive the same amount of lump-sum leave pay, the General Accounting Office has reported. Agencies do not use a standard formula for calculating how much an employee is ...

The Soul of the Voice of America

June 1, 1997 bfriel@govexec.com va Janie Fritzman was a nervous 17-year-old from rural Pennsylvania back in 1960 when she raised her right hand to take the oath of office every new federal employee takes. In the middle of the swearing-in, the official conducting the ceremony stopped and looked at Fritzman. She was crying. ...

From Welfare to Work

May 30, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal agencies should ask community groups and state and local governments to help them keep welfare recipients on the job once agencies hire them, Vice President Al Gore said Thursday. Gore joined Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and representatives of more than a ...