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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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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,...

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,"...

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...

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...

Automating Classification

April 8, 1997 letters@govexec.com Creating a job description for a new employee is, in theory, a simple enough process for a federal manager: Identify the duties that need to be performed and the qualifications applicants need, then write up a job description. Fitting that description into the federal job classification system is much...

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...