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Regulating the Net

February 12, 1997 The Clinton Administration wants to "establish cyberspace as a duty-free zone" by "advocating for no new taxes on the Internet," a task force headed by senior policy advisor Ira Magaziner said in a recent report. The task force's draft, "A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce," recommends a limited role for ...

Go Digital, Gore Says

February 11, 1997 Vice President Gore today announced 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 develop ...

Paying the Price

February 7, 1997 Federal employees, retirees, and agencies will be asked to make pay and benefit sacrifices to help achieve a balanced budget under Clinton Administration plans released yesterday. Employee and retiree groups expressed disappointment with the administration's proposals. The budget includes a 2.8 percent pay raise for civil servants in fiscal 1998. ...

1-900-RIP-OFF?

February 5, 1997 The State Department has come up with a novel way to meet the increasing demand from its customers for information about applying for a passport. If customers don't want to wait in line at a passport office, they can call the new National Passport Information Center. But they'll pay up ...

The Reinvention Papers

February 3, 1997 President Clinton and Vice President Gore have given Cabinet members 15 rules for reinventing their departments that will be used in evaluating their performance during Clinton's second term. Last week, the National Performance Review compiled the rules into a 43-page booklet called The Blair House Papers, after the house across ...

The Proof Is In The Price

February 1, 1997 Prices posted on common items found on the shelves of government and commercial supermarkets in Northern Virginia shortly before Christmas show why the military prizes its commissary shopping privileges. Item Supermarket Commissary Deodorant Solid XX Baby Fresh 1.7 oz. $2.19 $1.09 Big G Basic 4 Cereal $3.99 $1.99 Folgers Instant ...

Supermarketers

February 1, 1997 hen the corner grocery store needs to hire a cashier, the process is simple. The owner puts a "Help Wanted" sign in the window. People come in, fill out applications, and attend interviews. The owner hires someone. It takes a day or two. When a commissary, a military-run grocery store, ...

FBI Moves Lab Officials

January 29, 1997 An FBI scientist-agent has been suspended after sparking an inspector general investigation of the agency's crime laboratory, where he worked. And three other lab employees have been transferred out of positions in the lab. The actions came after the Justice Department's inspector general turned in a report to FBI Director ...

Albright Urged to Fix State

January 28, 1997 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., has urged Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to improve her department's performance by reducing its costs and upgrading its information systems. Speaking during Albright's January 22 confirmation hearing, Thompson said the State Department has failed to manage its operations efficiently in the ...

FAA Called to Account

January 28, 1997 The Federal Aviation Administration has developed unreliable cost projections and mismanaged its accounting for the modernization of the nation's air traffic control system, the General Accounting Office reported last week. The air traffic control system modernization, which began in 1981, will cost more than $34 billion through 2003. About $21 ...