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Protective service under fire for oversight of contract guards

June 21, 2007 Members of a House subcommittee expressed serious concern during a hearing Thursday that financial instability at contract guard companies could put federal facilities at risk. The hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management addressed a recent situation in which hundreds of ...

DHS delays plans for land-sea passport requirement

June 20, 2007 The Homeland Security Department announced Wednesday that it will hold off until at least the summer of 2008 on plans to require Americans and Canadians entering the United States by land and sea to present passports. The proposed rule would call for U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling by land or ...

Coast Guard names executive to new acquisition job

June 20, 2007 The Coast Guard on Tuesday named a senior executive to fill a new position to lead and strengthen acquisition efforts. Claire Grady will assume the job of senior procurement executive and head of contracting activity in July. She is currently the director of strategic initiatives in the Homeland Security Department's ...

Border Patrol to expedite training for Spanish speakers

June 19, 2007 Starting this October, Spanish-speaking Border Patrol recruits will spend less time in training, witnesses told members of a House subcommittee at a hearing Tuesday. To get agents in the field faster, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will administer a Spanish language proficiency test to all trainees entering the Border Patrol ...

Industry group lobbies to loosen requirements for disadvantaged business status

June 5, 2005 Members of the Aerospace Industries Association are urging Congress to loosen the economic requirements for participation in the small disadvantaged business program. To be eligible for the Small Business Administration's program, an owner or operator applying for disadvantaged status must have a net worth of less than $750,000, excluding his ...

Telework Hang-Ups

September 1, 2004 Despite the benefits of working at home or at a telecenter, most agencies still aren't on board. Easing traffic congestion, saving on rent, ensuring continuity of operations, helping the environment, allowing employees to spend more time with families, encouraging recruitment and retention-these are often-cited benefits of telework. Despite the lengthy ...

Pentagon to hire more than 100 auditors

July 13, 2004 The Defense Department plans to use direct-hire authority to immediately recruit more than 100 experienced auditors needed to help comply with a 1990 financial management law. The authority, granted on Monday by the Office of Personnel Management, will permit the hiring of auditors at grade levels 11 through 15. In ...

Defense official outlines personnel system principles

July 9, 2004 Still in the development phase, the National Security Personnel System will allow individuals to excel with fewer rules and restraints, Navy Secretary Gordon England said Wednesday. During a town hall meeting, England, point man for the new system that was authorized under the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, (P.L. 108-136), ...

Agency officials say resistance to telework is dropping

July 8, 2004 Agency officials told lawmakers Thursday that managerial resistance to telecommuting is gradually diminishing. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James and Stephen Perry, head of the General Services Administration, told members of the House Government Reform Committee that the telework goals laid out in a 2001 law backed by ...

Eyes, Teeth, Ears and Benefits

July 8, 2004 The movement to at least seriously consider expanding dental and vision benefits for federal employees is picking up steam in the House and Senate. In January, Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., introduced legislation (H.R. 3751) ordering the Office of Personnel Management to study how to improve vision, dental and hearing ...