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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 ...

Biennial Budget Call Renewed

April 24, 1997 letters@govexec.com Senior managers would have more time to focus on actually managing their agencies if the budget and appropriations processes ran on a two-year cycle instead of an annual one, Office of Management and Budget Director Franklin Raines told a congressional committee yesterday. Saying that he is trying to put ...

House Moves Vets Preference Bill

April 23, 1997 letters@govexec.com The House of Representatives earlier this month passed a bill that would give special rights to veterans seeking jobs in the federal government and to veterans facing agency layoffs. The Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1997, sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., would: Give veterans equal footing with career ...

Virtual Daughters Day

April 21, 1997 letters@govexec.com A NASA research center will host live chat sessions on the Internet with successful women Thursday as part of "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." Women who will participate in the virtual dialogues, sponsored by NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., include CNN anchor Judy Woodruff, astronaut ...

Clinton To Feds: Buckle Up

April 17, 1997 letters@govexec.com President Clinton yesterday issued an executive order requiring all federal employees to fasten their seat belts when they are in a car on government business. All passengers must buckle up, no matter where they are sitting in a vehicle. "Each federal employee occupying any seating position of a motor ...

HHS Weaves Healthy Web

April 16, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Al Gore and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala yesterday unveiled a Web site that links dozens of federal health services into one searchable catalog they say will help consumers find health information faster and more easily than ever before. The new Web site, called Healthfinder ...