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Brian Friel

Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.
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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...

'Silent RIF' Opposed

May 16, 1997 letters@govexec.com A proposed increase in agency contributions to federal employees' retirement funds would act as a "silent RIF," squeezing agency budgets and forcing agencies to lay off employees, the president of the Federal Managers Association said this week. In a letter to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and...

Relocation Pay Changes

May 16, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal employees who are relocated on temporary assignments can prevent headaches for themselves and save money for their agencies under new pay and expense options issued by the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management. IRS auditors, Department of Energy inspectors and Justice Department attorneys are among...

IRS Pushes New Systems Plan

May 16, 1997 letters@govexec.com The IRS yesterday announced a new plan to revamp its computer systems that it says will integrate its databases and processing systems, speed up refund time and move the agency toward a paperless system. After reaping piles of scorn for its failed Tax System Modernization (TSM) for several years,...

Arts Agency Under Fire Again

May 14, 1997 letters@govexec.com Republican members of Congress yesterday launched another round of attacks against the National Endowment for the Arts, saying the government should not subsidize the arts community. NEA Chairwoman Jane Alexander defended her agency before two House subcommittees, saying that Congress should not "rob our children of their future, artistically,...

Keeping Federal Employees Safe

May 14, 1997 letters@govexec.com Agencies across government are banding together to fight terrorism that has often targeted federal employees, a trio of senior law enforcement officials told Congress on Tuesday. Speaking before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Attorney General Janet Reno, FBI Director Louis Freeh and CIA Director-designate George Tenet described how federal agencies...