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Business Protests FAR Rewrite

April 16, 1997 letters@govexec.com A coalition of small businesses is protesting the rewrite of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15 as unfair to small companies who want to contract with the federal government. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Small Business on behalf of the Full and Open Competition Coalition, a ...

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 ...

More Family Leave, Says Clinton

April 15, 1997 letters@govexec.com President Clinton is asking agencies to give federal employees 24 hours of unpaid leave a year for family obligations. In his weekly radio address last Saturday, Clinton said he is urging Cabinet and department heads to make the additional leave available to employees as soon as possible. Clinton is ...

Welfare Hiring Goals Set

April 11, 1997 letters@govexec.com President Clinton yesterday announced that federal agencies will hire at least 10,000 people off the welfare rolls over the next four years. The White House itself will hire at least six people, Clinton said. About 4,000 of the welfare recipients will be hired by the Commerce Department to help ...

Treasury: Let Us Cut IRS

April 11, 1997 letters@govexec.com Treasury Department officials told a Senate panel Thursday that they want to suspend civil service protections at the IRS that they say prevent them them from holding IRS managers and employees accountable for results. Testifying before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers said ...

Federal Franchisers

April 10, 1997 letters@govexec.com Four years ago, Susan Spurling's boss called her into his office and asked her to run the Department of Veterans Affairs' franchise initiative. Spurling recalls the question she had to ask: "What is a franchise?" Four years, six business lines, and a Hammer award from Vice President Gore later, ...

Tobias Touts Partnership

April 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com A federal labor union president yesterday said both union leaders and federal managers must stop resisting labor-management partnerships if they expect their agencies to be successful in the coming years. Speaking at the Reinvention Revolution Conference in Bethesda, Md., National Treasury Employees Union President Robert Tobias conceded that resistance ...

VA Center Tries Teaming

April 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com Judith Zboyovski thinks for a minute about her job title. "Didn't you want to be called Yoda?" Vickie Blose asks. "Or Wizard?" chimes in Rick Larkin. "I'm thinking Warlock for myself," Joe Delanko chuckles. The Erie VA Medical Center has restructured so dramatically that its managers and employees have ...

OPM's King Gets Long Recess

April 9, 1997 letters@govexec.com Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., accused the Clinton Administration of using a technicality to extend the appointment of James King as director of the Office of Personnel Management, bypassing the Senate confirmation process. The president extended King's appointment through the end of this congressional session by using a "recess appointment," ...

Reinvention Man

April 8, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Gore said yesterday that reinventing government is here to stay and told federal managers and executives they need to take the reform movement seriously. Appearing at the Reinvention Revolution Conference in Bethesda, Md., Gore held a "town hall meeting" with more than 700 federal employees and managers. ...