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Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.
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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...

NASA Nurses Next 'Net

March 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com NASA will be the birthplace of the Next Generation Internet, which will allow information to be passed from computer to computer a million times faster than today's standard 28.8-kilobits-per-second home computer modems. Just as the original Internet grew out of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) network, the...

NASA Nurses Next 'Net

March 3, 1997 letters@govexec.com NASA will be the birthplace of the Next Generation Internet, which will allow information to be passed from computer to computer a million times faster than today's standard 28.8-kilobits-per-second home computer modems. Just as the original Internet grew out of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) network, the...

Forever Hacked

February 27, 1997 bfriel@govexec.com Proving that once a document appears on the Internet, it will always be on the Internet, at least a half-dozen web sites have posted copies of the Web pages with which hackers replaced the CIA and Department of Justice home pages last year. In August, hackers tapped into the...

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