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Senators to Bush: Get tough on high-risk problems

April 3, 2001 Two prominent Republican senators want agencies to get serious about resolving the government's toughest management challenges. In a March 29 letter to Office of Management and Budget director Mitch Daniels, Sens. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, called on agencies to develop performance goals for resolving each of the...

Permitting uncontrolled costs

April 1, 2001 he Big Dig often is compared to historic construction projects such as the Hoover Dam and the Panama Canal, but with one proviso: the Central Artery/Tunnel is being built in the heart of a major metropolitan area in a time of heavy environmental regulation. "[The Big Dig] is the most...

Federal government fails fourth annual audit

March 27, 2001 For the fourth straight year, the federal government will fail its annual financial audit, Comptroller General David Walker said Monday. Appearing on the MSNBC television show "Hardball" with guest host Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., Walker announced the government will receive a disclaimer on its fiscal 2000 financial statements from the...

Key Senator warns against workforce cuts

March 27, 2001 The chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee says the Bush administration's plan to cut federal managers should be based on an analysis of agency workforce needs. In a March 16 letter to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and ranking member Kent Conrad, D-N.D. obtained by GovExec.com, Sen....

White House review delays automation of appointee forms

March 27, 2001 New political appointees will have to wait a little longer for software that streamlines the maze of forms they must fill out. A Bush administration review of the forms involved in the political appointment process will likely force some redesign of the software that will put nomination forms online, according...

Pentagon computer system leads to cost overruns

March 26, 2001 The Pentagon may never have bought a $600 hammer, but it did spend $409 on a sink worth just $39, according to a blistering new audit by the Defense Department inspector general. The report found that an automated system used to make small "micro-purchases," procurements of $2,500 or less, at...

House budget panel votes for military-civilian pay parity

March 23, 2001 The House Budget Committee approved an amendment late Wednesday night that would ensure federal military and civilian personnel receive the same average pay increase next year. The committee's action counters a Bush administration plan to give military employees a higher raise than their civilian counterparts, de-linking military and civilian pay...

Bush taps procurement chief, OPM and GSA heads

March 23, 2001 President Bush filled two crucial positions on his government management team late Wednesday, tapping Kay Coles James as director of the Office of Personnel Management and Stephen A. Perry as administrator of the General Services Administration. As director of OPM, James would oversee management of the federal retirement and benefits...

State Department will not privatize foreign buildings office

March 23, 2001 The State Department has decided not to privatize its foreign buildings office, the nominee for State's top management slot said Wednesday. Grant Green, President Bush's nominee to be undersecretary of State for management, said at his Senate confirmation hearing that the department had ruled out turning the foreign buildings office...

Linking performance goals to budgets won't be easy, experts say

March 22, 2001 Resistance from congressional staff members is a major impediment to the idea of linking agencies' funding with performance goals, according to two experts on federal management. The Bush administration has put agencies on notice that it plans to require specific linkages between program funding and performance goals in the administration's...