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Bush, Gore get advice on managing bureaucracy

August 30, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Presidential hopefuls Al Gore and George W. Bush should set goals now for managing the federal bureaucracy and working with career civil servants, according to a new book from the Heritage Foundation. The Democratic and Republican candidates should already be working on plans for their Presidential transition, in case...

Patent Office to push bonuses, telecommuting

August 29, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Within the next few years, employees at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) could show up for work at 3 a.m. and receive year-end bonuses based on how well the agency is performing, under a series of reforms being considered by top management. Last year, PTO won authority from...

Pay and Benefits Watch: More COLA, more dental care

August 24, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com COLA War There's been a victory announced in the COLA war between federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and the federal government. The employees have for some time been waging a battle to get their cost-of-living allowances boosted, saying that the calculations for...

Harvard names finalists for Innovations award

August 24, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Five federal programs were named finalists Wednesday in one of the most prestigious award programs dedicated to public service. The finalists in the Innovations in American Government Awards, administered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Ford Foundation, are eligible for one of ten $100,000...

Governmentwide online procurement system announced

August 22, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com A new Web site, FedBizOpps.gov, will serve as the single governmentwide venue for federal buyers and sellers to hawk their goods, services and buying opportunities, under a suggestion from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) announced in the Federal Register Monday. Under the proposed rule federal agencies will...

Pay and Benefits Watch:Locality pay changes

August 17, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal employees who work in Rhode Island and Monterey County, Calif. have something to look forward to next year if a new proposed rule from the Office of Personnel Management is finalized. Locality pay gives federal employees in 31 metropolitan areas additional pay adjustments based on Bureau of Labor...

GSA awards city-pair air travel contracts

August 16, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com This fiscal year, federal travelers' plane tickets will cost an average of 69 percent less than unrestricted coach fare tickets when feds fly on designated city-pair routes. But due to heavy air traffic, some city-pairs didn't fare as well. Each year, under the city-pair program, the General Services Administration's...

Defense Logistics Agency awards mega tech contract

August 15, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Defense Logistics Agency awarded nearly $400 million in contract services Monday to upgrade its legacy computer systems. Andersen Consulting, of Reston, Va., will help the agency put in place key aspects of its Business Systems Modernization program, a plan introduced in July of 1998 to replace legacy computer...

Pay and Benefits Watch: Military retiree roundup

August 10, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Last week's legislative update took a look at the current status on Capitol Hill of bills affecting federal pay and benefits. Some of these bills have been added as amendments to larger appropriations and authorization bills currently working their way through Congress. Here's a look at a couple of...

TSP's C Fund down slightly in July

August 8, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Thrift Savings Plan's C Fund-which invests in common stocks-slid again in July, following a slight rebound in June, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C Fund was down 1.56 percent in July, the fifth time this year that the monthly rate...