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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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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...

Privatization: What Works

March 27, 1997 letters@govexec.com The chairman of a congressional panel that is targeting government programs for privatization launched the panel's review this month with a study of privatization in state and local governments. Rep. Scott Klug, R-Wis., head of the House Republican Task Force on Privatization, asked the General Accounting Office to look...

DoD Schedules Procurement Savings

March 27, 1997 letters@govexec.com Cutting requests for proposals from 1,000 pages to three was just a side benefit of a Hammer Award-winning cooperative effort between the Navy and the General Services Administration to revamp the way the Navy's Tactical Advanced Computer Project Office buys hardware. The big benefits the Navy office reaped were...

Panel to Impose IRS RIF Plan

March 24, 1997 letters@govexec.com An outside panel will decide how the IRS will conduct its reduction-in-force later this spring because the agency and its union could not agree on a plan. The IRS and the National Treasury Employees Union reached an impasse on more than 60 points of contention Friday after months of...