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Committee launches Web portal for federal grants

March 9, 2001 After years of work, a key government committee has developed a Web portal that provides online access to federal grant information. The Federal Commons Web portal will provide "one-stop shopping" for the entire federal grant application process, said officials with the Inter-Agency Electronic Grants Committee, which launched the site in...

Bush taps risk expert to be regulatory chief

March 8, 2001 In a much-anticipated move, President Bush on Wednesday tapped risk analysis expert John Graham to direct the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. As the head of OIRA, Graham would be President Bush's point man on the vast number of regulatory proposals churned...

Administration to consider privatizing air traffic control

March 7, 2001 The Bush administration is likely to consider privatizing the nation's air traffic control system, but observers say the proposal won't be an easy sell. In last week's budget blueprint, President Bush pledged to create a plan for reforming the nation's air traffic system, drawing on the experience of countries that...

Agencies turn in audits on time--and most pass muster

March 6, 2001 For the first time ever, all 24 federal agencies covered by the 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act turned in audited financial statements on time this year, according to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. The CFO Act requires agencies to prepare audited financial statements annually. The 2000 Reports Consolidation Act requires...

IRS receives historic clean audit opinion

March 6, 2001 In what the General Accounting Office hailed as an "important milestone," the Internal Revenue Service last week received a clean audit opinion on its fiscal 2000 financial statements. The audit marks the first clean, or "unqualified," opinion the IRS has received since combining its tax custodial and administrative activities into...

Report: Pentagon not tracking costs of service contracts

March 6, 2001 The Defense Department should take immediate action to better track the costs of its service contracts, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The report, "Contract Management: No DoD Proposal to Improve Contract Service Costs Reporting," (GAO-01-295) concludes that the Pentagon has failed to improve the way...

FBI steps up lie-detector tests in wake of spy case

March 5, 2001 The FBI will require employees to take lie-detector tests more frequently in response to allegations that a senior counterintelligence agent spied for Moscow for 15 years. At a press conference last week, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that he and FBI Director Louis Freeh have agreed to step up polygraph...

Key senator criticizes early Bush management moves

March 2, 2001 A leading Republican lawmaker criticized the Bush administration Thursday for scrapping labor-management partnerships and failing to link federal management reforms to this year's budget process. In a speech to the Council for Excellence in Government, Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said he was "disappointed" with the administration's decision to revoke the...

Bush budget includes 3.6 percent pay raise next year

March 1, 2001 The fiscal 2002 budget blueprint issued by President Bush Wednesday did not include a figure for a pay raise for civilian federal employees, but the Office of Management and Budget has told agencies to plan for an average 3.6 percent increase next year. The budget reiterated Bush's pledge to give...

Reforms in Bush budget include anti-shutdown measure

March 1, 2001 The threat of government shutdowns would no longer loom over federal workers under a proposal included in President Bush's budget outline. The measure, which would provide for an automatic continuing budget resolution if Congress fails to pass appropriation bills by the start of the new fiscal year, is one of...