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EEOC chief looks back, outlines new goals

January 29, 2001 Ida L. Castro has served as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since October 1998. President Bush could appoint a new chair, but no decision on that has been made yet. Castro is serving a term as as an EEOC commissioner that runs through July 2003. GovExec.com talked...

New software makes filling out forms a breeze for appointees

January 26, 2001 Transition experts unveiled a new software package Thursday that simplifies the maze of forms political appointees must complete and, for the first time, enables appointees to fill out forms by computer. Officials with the Nomination Forms Online (NFO) program, part of a project funded by Pew Charitable Trusts known as...

Acquisition council issues guidelines on IT accessibility standards

January 25, 2001 The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council published draft guidelines in the Federal Register Monday to implement new regulations designed to make information technology more accessible to federal employees with disabilities. The FAR Council's action is the first step in updating federal procurement policy to comply with new IT accessibility regulations that...

Report urges management overhaul at EPA

January 24, 2001 The Bush administration should adopt a performance-based approach in its enforcement of environmental measures to improve management at the EPA, according to a report released last week by several "good government" organizations. The report, Managing for Results at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is the product of an "EPA transition...

Bush chills federal hiring, but stops short of a freeze

January 23, 2001 Hours after being sworn in as the nation's 43rd president, George W. Bush instructed federal agency heads to put a hold on all hiring until his appointees can approve personnel decisions. In a memo to heads and acting heads of executive agencies, Andrew H. Card Jr., Bush's chief of staff,...

Bush reform plan rests on e-government, management cuts

January 23, 2001 While President Bush did not mention government reform in his inaugural speech, he articulated a broad series of initiatives to change the way government does business on the campaign trail. As the new President settles into the Oval Office, here's a look at some of the federal management reforms he...

Bush government reform guru still jobless

January 22, 2001 Although President Bush assembled his Cabinet with record speed, one key advisor remained jobless through inauguration weekend: former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith, the architect of Bush's government reform proposals during the presidential campaign. As Bush officials continued to debate the scope of Goldsmith's new portfolio, some experts worried that the...

Reinvention remembered: A look back at seven years of reform

January 19, 2001 It began with a simple yet ambitious mandate: to create a government that "works better and costs less." Now, more than seven years after Vice President Al Gore first issued his call to reinvent government, reinvention has come to an end. After two phases and multiple slogans, the National Partnership...

Clinton administration claims management success

January 18, 2001 The Clinton administration released an assessment of its chief management accomplishments Tuesday, providing a look at how the administration views its own record of government reform. The administration hailed governmentwide improvements in information security, procurement, financial management and regulatory reform over the last eight years in its assessment, which was...

Washington feds urged to stay home Thursday

January 17, 2001 The federal government will put a liberal leave policy for Washington-area employees into effect Thursday to help prevent traffic gridlock during President-elect Bush's opening inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Federal workers are urged to use annual leave, previously earned compensatory time off, or leave without pay to reduce the...