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Accountability at heart of new IRS strategic plan

February 12, 2001 The Internal Revenue Service has taken another step toward making senior managers accountable for the agency's modernization effort. In a five-year strategic plan released last week, IRS formalized its new organizational structure and reported progress on many reforms mandated by the 1998 IRS Restructuring and Reform Act. The plan also...

GAO makes it easier for senators to grill appointees

February 9, 2001 The General Accounting Office has made it easier for senators to question political appointees about the management challenges facing the agencies they are nominated to lead. GAO compiled a list of management questions in a report released Wednesday, "Potential Questions to Elicit Nominees' Views on Agencies' Management Challenges" (GAO-01-332R). Sen....

Merit board renews fight against 'rule of three' hiring law

February 8, 2001 Congress should review a law that allegedly hinders the federal hiring process as part of its new focus on human capital issues, according to a Merit Systems Protection Board official. The so-called "rule of three" stipulates that employees hired into competitive service jobs must be selected from among the three...

Veteran federal executive slated for number two slot at OMB

February 7, 2001 Former Navy Secretary and Pentagon Comptroller Sean O'Keefe is slated to be President Bush's nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to congressional sources. If O'Keefe is tapped to fill the number two slot at OMB, it would add another chapter to the civil service...

Acquisition council delays contractor ethics rules

February 6, 2001 The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) has told agencies they may postpone implementation of a controversial rule that sets ethics standards for government contractors. Agencies have been urged to delay implementation of the so-called 'blacklisting' rule until July 19, in what officials said was a first step toward scrapping the...

Pentagon acts to shore up contracting base

February 5, 2001 The Defense Department has moved to bolster contractors in the wake of a report finding major weaknesses in the Pentagon's industrial base. A November review, "Preserving a Healthy and Competitive U.S. Defense Industry to Ensure our Future National Security," by a Defense Science Board task force, found that lean Pentagon...

Pentagon unveils new guidebook on performance-based contracting

February 1, 2001 The Pentagon has released a new guidebook that helps procurement officers buy services in line with performance-based standards. In 1999, the Defense Department spent as much money on services as it did on new supplies and systems. The guidebook is the result of efforts led by former Undersecretary of Defense...

Report finds procurement reforms don’t hurt small businesses

January 31, 2001 New procurement vehicles may not be pushing small businesses out of the federal market after all, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report, "Small Business: Trends in Federal Procurement in the 1990s" (GAO-01-119), studied the effects of recent procurement reforms on small business contractors. Members of Congress...

Bush creates faith-based agency centers

January 30, 2001 President Bush created a new White House office Monday to give religious groups a role in the delivery of government social services, and ordered agencies to figure out ways to work with such groups. In two executive orders, Bush established a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and...

Bush team zeroes in on candidates for top management posts

January 29, 2001 As George W. Bush heads into the second week of his presidency, the top positions at agencies that affect federal workers remain unfilled. But several names are being floated as potential agency chiefs and key leaders of Bush's government reform effort. On Monday, former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith, who advised...