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Improving Pay

May 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com Over 3,000 employees at the Commerce Department will switch to a new pay and evaluation system that would allow for bigger raises for good workers and bonuses of up to $10,000, under a proposed demonstration project OPM announced last week. Under the proposal, pay raises would depend on performance ...

GAO Compares Retirement Plans

May 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal retirement benefits are not always better than private sector benefits, the General Accounting Office has concluded in a new report. "There is no definitive answer to the question of whether federal retirement programs offer greater or smaller benefits than private sector programs," the report found. The age at ...

Senate Likes Tenet

May 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com Director of Central Intelligence-designate George Tenet received a warm reception at his first Senate confirmation hearing yesterday as Senators of both parties praised his bipartisanship and integrity. Tenet told the Senate Intelligence Committee that as director he would focus on keeping talented people at the CIA. "People come first. ...

Honoring Civil Servants

May 6, 1997 letters@govexec.com More than 1,200 cities this week are paying tribute to the 20 million federal, state and local government employees who serve their communities and the country. Vice President Al Gore kicked off Public Service Recognition Week yesterday with a special "Breakfast of Champions," honoring seven government programs that provide ...

The Super Seven

May 6, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Al Gore honored seven public service programs, including four programs involving federal agencies, for their contributions to the American public at a special "Breakfast of Champions" in Washington on Monday. The awards were sponsored by Public Employees Roundtable, a coalition of 37 associations of government managers and ...

Faster Pension Appeals

May 5, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal employees and retirees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System now can use a faster appeals process when the Office of Personnel Management rules against them in pension benefits disputes, OPM announced last week. If OPM rules unfavorably in a pension case, for example in a dispute over ...

Honoring Civil Servants

May 5, 1997 letters@govexec.com More than 1,200 cities this week will pay tribute to the 20 million federal, state and local government employees who serve their communities and our country. Vice President Al Gore kicked off Public Service Recognition Week today with a special "Breakfast of Champions," honoring eight government programs that provide ...

The Super Seven

May 5, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Al Gore honored seven public service programs, including four programs involving federal agencies, for their contributions to the American public at a special "Breakfast of Champions" in Washington, D.C. today. The awards were sponsored by the Public Employees Roundtable, a coalition of 37 associations of government managers ...

The Dawn of FTS 2001

May 2, 1997 letters@govexec.com After years of negotiations, forums, congressional hearings, postponements and redrafts, the General Services Administration today is releasing a final request for proposals for the Federal Telecommunications Service long distance telecommunications contracts and a draft request for proposals for its local telecommunications contracts. The long distance contracts alone are valued ...

Lab Debunks E-mail Hoaxes

May 1, 1997 letters@govexec.com Don't panic if you receive an e-mail message that says "VIRUS ALERT!!! DON'T OPEN E-MAIL NOTING AOL4FREE." It's a hoax. Many e-mails circulating the Internet these days that warn of dangerous computer viruses are hoaxes, say the computer specialists at the Department of Energy's Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC) ...