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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. ...

Talkin' Reinvention

April 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Gore will kick off the second annual Reinvention Revolution Conference today with a town hall meeting with federal employees across the nation. The meeting will be based in Bethesda, Md. and broadcast via satellite to viewing locations in other parts of the country. The Vice President will ...

Army Corps Realigns

April 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reorganized its divisions this week to comply with a clause in its 1997 congressional authorization. The Corps reduced its divisions from ten to eight by combining its North Lakes Division with its Ohio River Division to form the new Great Lakes and Ohio ...

GSA Office Goes ISO 9000

April 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com A General Services Administration division that manages much of the federal government's property has been certified as meeting the ISO 9000 standards for top-quality organizations, GSA announced this week. The Office of Property Management, which manages 8,329 buildings occupied by federal agencies, became the first real estate operation--public or ...

GPRA Via Satellite

April 3, 1997 letters@govexec.com Vice President Al Gore, key congressmen and several top executive branch officials appeared yesterday in a special satellite broadcast to urge federal managers and employees to help their agencies develop strategic plans and performance measures. But while they were able to explain the broad requirements of the Government Performance ...

Don't Mess With the SES

April 2, 1997 letters@govexec.com In a sharply worded letter to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Carol Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, has warned him not to ignore a statute protecting career executives' jobs when a new commissioner is chosen for the IRS. Bonosaro and SES general counsel G. Jerry Shaw wrote ...

GAO Urges Air Force Cuts

April 2, 1997 letters@govexec.com The General Accounting Office is urging the Air Force to eliminate up to 75,000 military personnel from its rolls and replace them with civilians or private contractors in an effort to cut costs. In a report issued last week, GAO said the Air Force could cut more than the ...

Go Digital, Gore Says

April 1, 1997 Vice President Gore announced in February a new Clinton Administration plan to wire federal agencies into the digital age on an unprecedented level. The administration's plan, entitled Access America, calls for agencies to provide their services online, make all payments electronically by 1999, teach technophobic bureaucrats about information technology and ...

Grants Go Online

March 31, 1997 letters@govexec.com Imagine you're a grants administrator at a large university. Your school is going to submit 1,700 proposals for funding to the federal government this year. Your biggest headache is dealing with all the different agencies, departments, and offices whose funding you're seeking. Each one's application process has its own ...

Privatized Investigators' Success

March 28, 1997 letters@govexec.com The first federal agency privatized as an employee-owned firm is showing signs of business success, the Office of Personnel Management reported last week. U.S. Investigations Services, Inc., formerly the OPM Office of Investigations, conducts background checks of employees for federal agencies. Now that the office has been privatized as ...