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GAO cites obscure law, overturns Air Force contract decision

January 16, 2001 A contractor won an appeal against the Air Force last week in a case that involved the unprecedented application of a federal statute governing procurement protests. The General Accounting Office sustained a protest filed by Imaging Systems Technology, a small Ohio-based engineering firm, against the Air Force. Imaging Systems alleged...

Contractors to benefit from relaxed purchasing rules

January 12, 2001 Final rules simplifying regulations and relaxing the strict accounting procedures that contractors must follow were published in the Federal Acquisition Regulation last week. Under a series of congressionally mandated changes to the FAR, agencies have the flexibility to exempt contractors from the government's cost accounting standards. Congress also moved to...

Army unveils new advertising campaign

January 11, 2001 Twenty years after the Army first asked potential recruits to 'be all that they could be,' the service has launched a new advertising campaign that marks a shift in recruitment strategy. The Army hopes to reverse a string of lackluster recruiting years by creating a brand identity that resonates with...

Federal employee groups set legislative priorities

January 9, 2001 While Congress continues to get its house in order--the House Government Reform Committee still has four unassigned seats--federal labor unions and groups representing federal managers have set their legislative agendas for the incoming Congress and the new administration. And they have decided to make pay their top legislative priority once...

GSA adds online bookseller to procurement schedule

January 9, 2001 The General Services Administration added online bookseller Fatbrain.com to its GSA Advantage! schedule last week, giving federal employees discounts on a variety of professional works and training materials. A subsidiary of Barnes & Noble.com, Fatbrain.com is the only e-bookstore on the schedule that specializes in professional and scientific works. After...

Clinton orders time off for preventive health screenings

January 8, 2001 Federal workers with limited sick leave will have up to four hours of paid time off each year for preventive health check-ups, President Clinton announced last week. Clinton issued his order in a memorandum that also directed agencies to notify federal workers that various leave and alternative work options may...

Clinton administration awards last plain language prize

January 8, 2001 The National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) presented its final "No Gobbledygook" award Friday to two Health Care Financing Administration employees who wrote a Medicare booklet in plain language. NPR has awarded one plain language prize a month since the award was established in July 1998 for a total of...

Expanded customer satisfaction survey due in spring

January 4, 2001 An expanded version of the second annual governmentwide customer satisfaction survey will be released this spring, providing a broader look at how federal agencies are meeting customer expectations. The survey-a broader version of the 2000 customer satisfaction survey released last month-will include interviews with more than 90 customer groups, a...

Report recommends overhaul of Navy personnel system

January 3, 2001 The U.S. Navy's civilian personnel system will require a major strategic overhaul to meet future workforce demands, according to a new report by the National Academy of Public Administration. The study, "Civilian Workforce 2020: Strategies for Modernizing Human Resources Management in the Department of the Navy," proposes an ambitious workforce...

Clinton lifts lobbying restrictions on appointees

January 2, 2001 Nearly eight years after issuing ethics rules severely limiting the ability of top political appointees to lobby the government after leaving office, President Clinton has revoked the executive order behind the restrictions. In a Dec. 28 statement, Clinton revoked Executive Order 12834, which placed a variety of post-employment lobbying restrictions...