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Skeptic in Chief

March 1, 2001 Navy Secretary Richard Danzig pushed the service to question its traditional methods and embrace innovation. n early 1999, shortly after being named Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig traveled to the Persian Gulf and met with junior aviators on the mess deck of the USS Carl Vinson. During the meeting,...

Bush not linking performance to budget yet

February 28, 2001 President Bush's first budget does not include new provisions that tie federal agencies' funding to management performance, a top architect of the President's budget said Tuesday. Sean O'Keefe, President Bush's nominee to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, said at his Senate confirmation hearing that the...

Growth of small business programs may hurt women-owned firms

February 27, 2001 The vast number of federal programs designed to help small businesses may actually hurt small firms owned by women, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report, "Federal Procurement: Trends and Challenges in Contracting with Women-Owned Small Businesses," (GAO-01-346) examines the federal government's record of contracting with small...

Air Force contract bundling effort upheld

February 26, 2001 The General Accounting Office has ruled that a huge Air Force weapons maintenance contract does not violate laws designed to protect small businesses from bundled contracting practices. In a Feb. 22 decision, the General Accounting Office denied a bid protest filed by Phoenix Scientific Corp., a small Georgia-based defense contractor,...

FirstGov Web portal finds a home in new administration

February 23, 2001 While the Bush administration has yet to announce its e-government agenda, the officials behind FirstGov, the one-stop Web portal built at the end of the Clinton administration, are quietly making improvements to the site. FirstGov is a joint project of the federal government and the private FedSearch Foundation, which oversees...

Senators blast effort to delay contractor ethics rules

February 21, 2001 Three senators have asked the Bush administration to stop an effort to suspend a controversial rule that sets ethics standards for government contractors. In a Feb. 20 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels, Sens. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., ranking member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Richard...

IG raps NASA's use of service contractors

February 20, 2001 NASA is improperly using contractors to provide administrative services, the agency's inspector general concludes in a new report. NASA Inspector General Roberta Gross rapped the agency for blurring the line between civil servants and contracting personnel who perform administrative and clerical work. After reviewing the use of contractors at five...

House chair renews fight to split OMB

February 16, 2001 Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., has renewed his crusade to take the 'M' out of OMB. Rekindling a debate that has divided 'good government' proponents for years, Horn Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would split the Office of Management and Budget into separate management and budget offices. The new bill, H.R....

Unsuspecting Army employees may qualify for overtime

February 14, 2001 Thousands of civilian Army employees may be eligible for overtime pay even though they haven't been getting it. An Army review is seeking to determine whether the service's civilian employees are properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which guarantees time-and-a-half overtime pay to covered employees. Covered or...

Bush pledges $1.4 billion for military pay raises

February 13, 2001 As anticipated, President Bush Monday pledged a $1.4 billion pay raise for military personnel next year in a move to improve military readiness and lift morale. The proposed increase--which is $400 million larger than the pay hike Bush promised on the campaign trail--was part of a $5.7 billion military spending...