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New rule would let contractors offer bonuses

December 29, 2000 A proposed change in the government's procurement rules would let federal contractors offer bonuses to attract high-tech workers. The amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) would explicitly allow contractors to offer signing and retention bonuses to employees with critical technical skills-such as scientists and engineers in the software and...

Air Force A-76 decision prompts two DoD reviews

December 28, 2000 The Defense Department has launched a review of all A-76 competitions at the U.S. Air Force in the wake of a controversial decision to outsource hundreds of jobs at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Defense's inspector general will conduct a separate review of the Lackland decision. In a...

Three Treasury Department franchises team up to form a single brand

December 28, 2000 Three Treasury Department franchises have launched a new advertising strategy by joining forces to market themselves as a single brand. Federal franchise operations are entrepreneurial entities that sell common support services on a reimbursable basis to other agencies. Under the Government Management and Reform Act of 1994, agencies were allowed...

Government narrows gap on customer service

December 22, 2000 The federal government is inching closer to the private sector in overall levels of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey. In a survey of 8,179 customers of federal agencies, the government received an overall score of 68.6 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)-the same score it received in...

EPA database helps agencies buy green

December 22, 2000 The Environmental Protection Agency has upgraded its online database to help agencies buy environmentally-friendly products and services. The improved database is a clearinghouse for information on how to buy environmentally-friendly products. It also includes standards and guidelines for 'green' products as well as contracts that agencies have used in making...

EEOC to offer new training on federal complaint process

December 21, 2000 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will offer a new series of training courses for federal EEO officers next year, officials said this week. The training program is part of EEOC's larger effort to improve the federal EEO process and address the rising number of discrimination complaints that have led to...

Air Force A-76 decision on hold pending DoD review

December 20, 2000 The Defense Department will launch a review of a controversial Air Force decision to outsource hundreds of jobs at a Texas base, a department spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Six members of Congress requested an investigation of the decision in a Dec. 15 letter to Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters. The...

New rule of interest to late-paying agencies

December 19, 2000 Federal agencies will have to pay interest if they make late payments to service contractors under an interim rule issued by the Office of Management and Budget last week. The new rule, issued under Section 1010 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001, requires agencies to pay an interest...

E-government awards proposals pour in

December 19, 2000 In less than two months, the Council for Excellence in Government has received more than 100 proposals for the first Imagine E-Government Awards competition. The awards will honor the most creative ideas for how information technology could be applied to government operations. President Clinton announced the awards competition in his...

Employee survey finds mixed progress in reinvention

December 15, 2000 Seven years after Vice President Al Gore's first call to reinvent government, many federal workers say their agencies still aren't reinventing themselves, according to the third annual federal employee satisfaction survey conducted by the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) and the Office of Personnel Management. Thirty-six percent of the...