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Public Service Award Winners

March 14, 1997 letters@govexec.com Each year the GEICO Public Service Awards honor civil servants whose efforts do not fit within their 9-to-5 job descriptions. "We established the GEICO Public Service Awards to help focus attention on the many ways in which federal employees contribute to the quality of life in our nation, and ...

Retirement, RIFS and Leave

March 13, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal employees who are laid off now have the right to apply unused leave toward reaching retirement eligibility, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. Before OPM issued new rules last week, it was up to the discretion of agencies to decide whether to allow employees who have received ...

GPRA Talks Slow to Start

March 12, 1997 letters@govexec.com Agency consultations with Congress on the Government Performance and Results Act are off to a slow start, the General Accounting Office reported yesterday. L. Nye Stevens, GAO's director for federal management and workforce issues, told the House subcommittee on management, information and technology that fewer than half the major ...

IRS RIF Numbers Narrowed

March 11, 1997 letters@govexec.com Last week, IRS officials gave Congress a narrowed estimate of how many workers it expects to have to lay off as part of its pending reorganization. The agency identified 2,772 positions that it must cut as it reduces its number of districts from 63 to 33. In the latest ...

Stand Down For Acquisition

March 10, 1997 letters@govexec.com To show that they're serious about improving the way agencies buy equipment and services, procurement professionals throughout government will drop what they're doing and spend some time thinking about acquisition reform over the next few weeks. March 17 is the kick-off day for governmentwide acquisition reform "stand-down days," during ...

NASA Web Site Hacked

March 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com A hacker or group of hackers broke into NASA's Web server Wednesday and replaced the agency's NASA home page with a document decrying the commercialization of the Internet. The hacker or hackers, identifying themselves as "hackerz against geeks in snowsuits," tapped into the web site just before noon on ...

Food for Thought OK, Says GAO

March 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com Federal managers seeking to reward their employees for excellent work are chock full of ideas for non-monetary awards these days. There's plaques and certificates, honorary designations and good ol' pats-on-the-back. But the National Security Agency apparently thinks the best way to touch special employees' hearts is through their stomachs. ...

Bill Would Benefit Officers

March 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has introduced a bill to allow IRS revenue officers and inspectors of the Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service to retire with full benefits at age 50 after 20 years of service. Under current law, many federal law enforcement officers and firefighters are ...

IRS Says Callers Getting Through

March 7, 1997 letters@govexec.com The IRS has answered 2 million more calls to its toll free line than at this time last year, improving its service by 20 percent, the agency says. In addition to answering 72 percent of its 800 number calls, up from 52 percent last year, the agency has seen ...

Panel: U.S. Can't Keep a Secret

March 5, 1997 letters@govexec.com The best way for the federal government to protect national security secrets is to reduce the amount of information it classifies, a bipartisan commission reported yesterday. The Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, led by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and Rep. Larry Combest, R-Texas, concluded that "secrets ...