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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, ...

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 ...

'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 ...

The Morale Morass

May 14, 1997 letters@govexec.com Morale in federal agencies continues to fall, according to a recent survey of federal managers and executives. In its annual survey, sent out last October, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association asked senior executives and high-ranking managers to rate morale in their agencies over the past three years. Nearly ...

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 ...

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, ...

GAO Rips DoD Waste

May 13, 1997 letters@govexec.com Resistance to change, managers' lack of accountability, inadequate performance measures and poor data have allowed the Defense Department to overpay contractors and waste billions of dollars on excess inventory, a General Accounting Office study has concluded. The myriad financial management, technology and inventory problems plaguing the Pentagon can only ...

Commerce to Try Pay Banding

May 12, 1997 letters@govexec.com More than 3,000 employees at the Commerce Department will switch to a new pay and evaluation system that would allow for bigger raises for high-performing employees and bonuses of up to $10,000, under a proposed demonstration project the Office of Personnel Management announced last week. Under the proposal, pay ...

Procurement Listings Go Online

May 12, 1997 letters@govexec.com The federal government is providing access to the Commerce Business Daily for free for the first time in the procurement notice publication's history. The Commerce Business Daily, which announces federal contracts worth more than $25,000, is now available online at CBDNet (cbdnet.access.gpo.gov) through a partnership between the Commerce Department ...

The Latest PBO

May 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com The Department of Transportation this week announced a plan to make the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. a performance-based organization. The corporation is the third agency in the federal government to seek PBO status. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Defense Commissary Agency both have pending legislation ...