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Agencies urged to step up telework efforts

October 14, 2004 A key House lawmaker is considering introducing legislation that would cut the budgets of all agencies and departments that fail to allow qualified employees to telework. The proposal would expand on a provision included in the House version of the fiscal 2005 Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill that would ...

Congress orders Pentagon to review sexual misconduct policies

October 12, 2004 Responding to increasing complaints about the Pentagon's policies regarding sexual misconduct, Congress has ordered the Defense Department to develop a comprehensive response and prevention policy, and to review how sexual assault cases are handled by the military justice system. The $447.2 billion fiscal 2005 Defense authorization bill, which passed the ...

Agencies expand smart-card programs

October 8, 2004 Federal agencies are investing in "smart cards" at an increasing rate, and millions are expected to be distributed to employees in the next three years. As of June 2004, 15 agencies had undertaken 34 ongoing smart card projects, according to testimony this week before the House Veterans Affairs Committee by ...

Thrift Savings Plan funds continue steady growth

October 6, 2004 Thrift Savings Plan funds continued to gain value in September, according to Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board figures released Monday. After a rough July, three of the funds - C, S and I - experienced modest gains in August. The G Fund saw no change, while the F Fund dropped ...

Pentagon group developing another sexual assault report

October 5, 2004 The Defense Department has asked a committee that advises top Pentagon officials on policies relating to women in the military to investigate the sexual assault issue and provide recommendations on what to do about it, drawing criticism from an advocacy group for victims of sexual misconduct. The 13-member Defense Department ...

Contractor disputes watchdog group’s criticism of Defense Travel System

October 1, 2004 A Defense Department contractor on Friday disputed a recent report from the government watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, which concluded that the Defense Travel System is too costly and badly managed. The 12-page report stated that because DTS is rarely used, the per-transaction cost is about $33,000. According to ...

Proposed changes to Pentagon sexual misconduct policy draw mixed reaction

September 29, 2004 A broad proposal from advocacy groups for victims of sexual misconduct, calling for sweeping measures to change the Pentagon's sexual harassment and assault policy, received mixed reaction this week. Some House legislators conceded that the legislation would overlap with the military's recent efforts to handle sexual harassment and assault. The ...

Contractor to run governmentwide hotel booking program

September 28, 2004 Employees traveling on official government business will start booking their hotel rooms through a contractor on Friday, the General Services Administration announced last week. When existing contracts expire Thursday, CW Government Travel Inc. will start managing and marketing the two-year-old Federal Premier Lodging Program on a one-year task order with ...

Pentagon criticized for closed-door meeting on sexual misconduct

September 24, 2004 A Pentagon conference called to determine future internal policy on sexual assault was conducted behind closed doors this week, as military leaders and Defense Department officials hashed out a response to a report announced in April criticizing the treatment of victims. Senior leaders of the military will release their conclusions ...

Task force to investigate Navy and Army academies

September 23, 2004 A new task force assigned to make recommendations about how military academies address sexual harassment issues met behind closed doors Wednesday and Thursday as they prepared to spend a year studying of the cultures of the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Six ...