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Defense opens special pay center for Guard, Reserves

July 6, 2004 The Defense Finance and Accounting Service has opened a "center of excellence" in Cleveland to deal with pay issues involving military Guard and Reserve forces. DFAS officials believe that consolidating into one location will facilitate the sharing of "best practices" about pay account support for Guard and Reserve personnel, according ...

Senators urge funding to hire air traffic controllers

June 30, 2004 Seven senators are urging Congress to provide $14 million in fiscal 2005 funding for the Federal Aviation Administration to hire new air traffic controllers. The bipartisan group, composed of members of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that deals with the FAA's budget, recently sent a letter to the subcommittee's chairman, Richard ...

Park Service official promises protections for whistleblowers

June 29, 2004 Park Service employees have a right to report mismanagement internally without repercussions from their superiors, according to an agency memorandum released Monday The memo, e-mailed to employees and signed by Deputy Director Donald Murphy, said that employees have the "absolute" right to be "free from all retaliation," and advised that ...

Defense not using short-term deployment allowance

June 28, 2004 The Defense Department has not yet implemented a special pay allowance for military service members who are frequently deployed for short periods of time, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The allowance, approved in the fiscal 2004 defense authorization law (P.L. 108-136), is designed to cover service members ...

Measure encourages agencies to meet telework targets

June 25, 2004 A House panel has approved a legislative provision that would withhold $5 million from the budgets of the State, Commerce and Justice departments until they prove that they allow eligible employees to telework. The provision, passed Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee as part of a fiscal 2005 spending bill, ...

OMB unveils changes to Grants.gov funding

June 24, 2004 The Office of Management and Budget late last week presented federal chief financial and chief information officers with guidelines on upcoming changes to the funding structure of Grants.gov, a popular e-government initiative. The initiative, launched in December 2003, is moving from a development to a utilization phase, OMB officials wrote ...

Panel to review federal relocation policies

June 22, 2004 The General Services Administration is establishing a committee to review federal travel relocation policies over the coming months. The Governmentwide Relocation Advisory Board will make recommendations on policies to facilitate more efficient employee transfers, said Viki Reath, a GSA spokeswoman. It will share its conclusions in a final report to ...

DHS improves foreign student tracking program, according to GAO

June 21, 2004 The Homeland Security Department has taken many effective steps to improve the web-based Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The agency has successfully streamlined the process of collecting and recording information on foreign student and exchange visitors, the watchdog agency said in ...

GAO issues recommendations for improving purchase card program

June 18, 2004 Veterans Health Administration employees continue to make improper, wasteful and questionable purchases due to a lack of agency oversight, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report (GAO-04-737) makes 36 recommendations to VHA and the Veterans Affairs Department that focus on segregating duties, better documentation, vendor discounts and ...

Finalists for Service to America Medals announced

June 16, 2004 The 2004 Service to America Medals finalists were announced Wednesday on Capitol Hill and praised for their dedication to the federal civil service. At a luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building, Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, and Timothy B. Clark, editor and president ...