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Acquisition Network Flops

January 22, 1997 Agencies say that the Federal Acquisition Computer Network (FACNET), designed to become a governmentwide vehicle for electronic procurement, is a failure, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act mandated the creation of FACNET for agencies to use for purchases between $2,500 and $100,000. FACNET ...

IRS Studies Privatization

January 21, 1997 An IRS study found that outsourcing tax return processing could save the government money but would have to be done cautiously so the agency would not become dependent on unreliable or unscrupulous contractors. The IRS report, "Study of the Feasibility of Outsourcing Submissions Processing," was mandated in its fiscal 1997 ...

Retirement Cuts on Table

January 17, 1997 Federal unions and managers' associations are concerned that President Clinton is set to propose $10 billion in benefit cuts for federal retirees for the second consecutive year. The employees' groups have been lobbying for several weeks to persuade the White House to drop provisions in its draft fiscal 1998 budget ...

Let's Do E-Mail

January 17, 1997 Government organizations consider electronic mail to be the most cost-effective method of communication, a recent survey found. The survey, conducted by the General Services Administration's Electronic Messaging Program Management Office, asked 223 state and federal organizations to rank various communication methods in order from least to most cost-effective. Eighty-two organizations ...

Not Quite Scrooge

January 17, 1997 At frst glance, it looked like the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department's Employment Standards Administration was spreading some Christmas jeer late last year. In a recent newsletter, Local 12 of the American Federation of Government Employees reported that on Dec. 16, the division sent a notice to ...

Soft on Harassment?

January 16, 1997 In a rare challenge to the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Personnel Management is appealing a board decision to overturn the firing of a high-ranking senior executive for sexual harassment. OPM said MSPB's decision to reduce the punishment of Phillip Hillen, a former senior civilian manager at the ...

The Virtual Inaugural

January 13, 1997 If you're not coming to Washington this weekend for the inaugural festivities -- or if you're in town but don't want to risk frostbite to cheer Bill Clinton back into office -- you can still rally around the President by celebrating the 53rd Presidential Inaugural on the World Wide Web. ...

Talkin' Procurement

November 27, 1996 Do your office mates doze off when you start talking about source selection? When you bring up performance-based contracting in a conversation, does that familiar glazed-over look take hold of your cubicle partner? If the analog world is not meeting your need for useful conversations about procurement, it's time to ...

Appointment with Reform

November 27, 1996 The presidential appointment process is too slow, overly intrusive, excessively complex and must be reformed to restore integrity to the political process, a new report concludes. The Twentieth Century Fund, a nonprofit, nonpartisan endowment that studies public policy, conducted a task force study of both the administration's selection process and ...

Fighter Planes and Video Games

November 15, 1996 While many federal agencies are looking at ways they can use private-sector technology to become more efficient, the nation's biggest federal contractor is finding ways to sell technology developed for the U.S. government to private firms. "Government programs have spawned many important technological achievements that are key to our commercial ...