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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Task Force Ponders Privacy

May 1, 1997 letters@govexec.com An independent agency devoted to regulating and enforcing privacy law could be created to deal with personal information security in a wired world, a presidential task force suggested in an options paper released last week. Alternatively, each federal department and agency could establish its own privacy office or designate...

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)...

GPRA Challenges EPA

April 29, 1997 letters@govexec.com The Environmental Protection Agency will have difficulty collecting the environmental measures it needs to comply with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the General Accounting Office has concluded in a new study. EPA's difficulties highlight the problems many regulatory agencies will face when they try to develop performance...

PTO Goes Corporate

April 25, 1997 letters@govexec.com The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a bill that would make the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PT0) a government corporation. Under the legislation, employees would be eligible for performance-based bonuses. The chief operating officer of the agency could earn up to double his or her senior executive level...

Union Opposes Shutdown Bill

April 25, 1997 letters@govexec.com A federal labor union has announced it opposes a bill that would prevent the government from undergoing another shutdown because it says the legislation would make it easy for Congress to intentionally underfund agencies. In a fact sheet sent this week to members of the House Appropriations Committee, the...

Downsizing's Downside

April 24, 1997 letters@govexec.com Though downsizing, total quality management (TQM) and reengineering seek to dramatically reshape organizations, many managers say they often don't produce the results they hoped for, a new study by the National Research Council has found. The study, "Enhancing Organizational Performance," funded by the Army Research Institute and conducted by...