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Model for Health Coverage

May 24, 2007 For the most part, federal employees, retirees and their family members are not among the 40 million Americans lacking health insurance. But that doesn't mean they won't be affected by the growing health care debate. Health care policy is proving to be a more central issue in the 2008 presidential ...

Still Pushing

May 17, 2007 With only 18 months left in the Bush administration, the president's federal personnel chief is clamoring to make some key changes before time is up. Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer is focusing on short-term disability benefits and electronic retirement records, among other improvements. In an interview this week ...

Fight to The Finish

May 15, 2007 As the Bush administration winds down, tensions between careerists and political appointees heat up. Rebecca McGinley exemplifies the best of career civil servants, or the worst of political appointees, depending on whom you ask. For some, she is a bright, hardworking young lawyer who was hired into government for her ...

Student aid chief took home $250,000 in bonuses

May 14, 2007 An executive running the Education Department's Federal Student Aid office took home more than $250,000 in performance bonuses over the last four years, a period in which the office's oversight capabilities have been called into question. Theresa Shaw, who is stepping down in June as chief operating officer of the ...

Performance-Based Perils

May 10, 2007 Recently, the personnel reform effort at the Government Accountability Office -- which had been hailed as an archetype of governmentwide reform -- has been called into question by members of Congress and certain employees, who have moved to form a union. Now another star of the federal personnel reform movement ...

Darfur Divestment?

May 3, 2007 Two weeks ago, an anonymous diplomat at the United Nations leaked a confidential report to the press. Sudanese government officials, the report found, are packing airplanes full of bombs and guns, painting them white and stenciling "U.N." onto the wings, then flying them to the Darfur region where militias use ...

Move Around

April 26, 2007 Every agency in the federal government has its own personality and culture. That point was made quite clear when the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and American University's Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation released their Best Places to Work rankings for government agencies this month. If you ...

Honey Pot

April 20, 2007 Editor's Note: Columnist Tammy Flanagan will return next week. In the meantime, you might be interested in a feature written by Karen Rutzick on the inner workings of the Thrift Savings Plan. The story first appeared in the March 15 issue of Government Executive. On Oct. 17, 2006, Terry Duffy ...

Paybanding Evolution

April 19, 2007 IRS Commissioner Mark Everson announced Wednesday that he's leaving the agency to run the American Red Cross. This means he won't be at the agency to see new pay rules take effect. On Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management published draft regulations in the Federal Register to change the paybanding ...

Agents of Tolerance

April 15, 2007 FBI agents are taught about law enforcement at its worst. There is a photograph in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that captures the attention of almost every law enforcement officer passing by. It's from early 1933, shortly after the Nazi Party rose to power in Germany, and it shows ...