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James Earl Jones Honors Feds

May 29, 1997 letters@govexec.com Renowned actor and Bell Atlantic spokesman James Earl Jones on Wednesday honored a group of federal employees and phone company workers who redesigned the government listings, or "blue pages," of Baltimore and Washington telephone directories. Speaking at a ceremony in which 23 Bell Atlantic workers and four government employees ...

Downsizing and Race

May 27, 1997 letters@govexec.com As older white men have opted to leave the civil service through early retirement and buyouts, minorities and women have maintained their numbers in the federal workforce despite government downsizing, according to Office of Personnel Management data obtained by Govexec.com. According to OPM, downsizing has spared minorities and women ...

Early Outs Extended

May 23, 1997 letters@govexec.com You've got until the end of the year to take early retirement if you're eligible, the Office of Personnel Management announced this week. Employees would have had until the end of September to take early outs, but OPM extended the deadline until Dec. 30 to "help agencies do a ...

A Single Stop for Stats

May 23, 1997 letters@govexec.com A new on-line directory of statistics from more than 70 federal agencies will make it easier for researchers to find official data on everything from breastfeeding to weekly wages. Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget unveiled FedStats, www.fedstats.gov, a multi-agency project spearheaded by the Interagency Council on Statistical ...

Racism Rampant, Group Says

May 22, 1997 letters@govexec.com A coalition of civil rights groups is urging President Clinton to host a White House summit on race to address racism and discrimination in the federal government. Leaders of groups representing black employees in the federal government joined Rep. Albert Wynn, D-Md., at the Brookings Institution earlier this month ...

Health Contributions May Rise

May 22, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal employees could pay more than $200 more per year toward their health care benefits if Congress does not act to change the law that determines how much the government contributes to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP). Under current law, the formula used to calculate the percentage ...

Gore: Reform IRS From Inside

May 21, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Al Gore yesterday announced a plan to overhaul customer service and management at the IRS by relying on employees and managers to reform the agency. "We don't need to, and should not, turn the IRS over to a board of outsiders," Gore said. "We need to fix ...

Web Budget Docs Pledged

May 21, 1997 letters@govexec.com House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., told members of Congress last week that he wants to see the full budget markup on the Internet as quickly as possible so that anyone with access to the World Wide Web can download it and participate in the budget process. "Every talk radio ...

Panel Critiques Defense Review

May 21, 1997 letters@govexec.com Congress should repeal several regulations that prevent the Defense Department from privatizing many jobs, an independent panel appointed to assess the Quadrennial Defense Review has recommended. The panel also supported two more rounds of base closures. The National Defense Panel, appointed by Secretary of Defense William Cohen to comply ...

Get a Guide for GPRA

May 21, 1997 letters@govexec.com When working out a strategic plan for your agency, get a lot of people involved. That's the message of a new General Accounting Office guide for managers and executives to use as they develop and fine tune their agencies' strategic plans under the approaching deadlines for the Government Performance ...