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New city-pair contracts feature advance-purchase discounts

July 16, 2001 Federal travelers will have an incentive to plan their business trips early this year, thanks to a new airfare program negotiated by the General Services Administration. The program offers prices even lower than the already discounted federal rates for a limited number of seats for airfares in 337 test markets. ...

New Defense budget alters military-civilian pay parity picture

June 29, 2001 The Bush administration's announcement this week that it will seek a 5 percent pay raise for all military personnel next year has thrown another curve into this year's debate over military-civilian pay parity. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld unveiled the 5 percent figure Wednesday in the Bush administration's amended fiscal 2002 ...

Comments sought on accounting software standards

June 19, 2001 The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP), a panel associated with the federal Chief Financial Officers Council, is seeking comments on updates of a document that explains the federal government's specifications for accounting software. JFMIP recently issued a new version of its Core Financial Systems Requirements document, which outlines the ...

Graying of the federal workforce continues, report says

June 11, 2001 The federal workforce is getting older and wiser, but unless workforce planning takes hold, agencies will be left with skills gaps, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. Nearly three-quarters of the federal workforce is now over the age of 40, according to CBO's report, "Changes in ...

New TSP funds make lackluster debut; C Fund gains slightly

June 7, 2001 The two new Thrift Savings Plan investment options made a lackluster debut in May, the first month in which the funds posted returns, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, lost 4.13 percent, while the S Fund, ...

Lieberman pledges to look out for federal employees

June 7, 2001 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., on Wednesday announced that his immediate agenda as chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee will include a focus on quality of life for federal employees. "[Federal employees] are the ones who ultimately determine whether our government will work better for the American people," he said in ...

Mismanagement 'shocking,' says outgoing Senate panel chair

June 6, 2001 Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., Tuesday issued a comprehensive report detailing management problems in the federal government as a whole and at individual agencies, and implored the Bush administration to do something about the "shocking" situation. Thompson presented the two-volume report, "Government at the Brink," to Office of Management and Budget ...

Supreme Court rules judges don’t have to pay Social Security

May 22, 2001 Federal judges appointed before 1983 don't have to pay Social Security taxes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In 1983, Congress passed a law requiring all newly hired federal employees to participate in Social Security. The law also allowed 96 percent of then-currently employed federal employees to begin participating in Social ...

Bush team moves to overturn contractor 'blacklisting' rules

April 2, 2001 The Bush administration this week will move to overturn controversial contractor ethics regulations issued at the end of the Clinton administration. On Tuesday, the administration will publish an interim rule imposing a 270-day suspension on the regulation, which requires government contractors to meet strict ethical standards. The administration will also ...

GSA honors innovative federal building designs

March 30, 2001 Other than the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol, federal buildings aren't commonly known for their architectural beauty. But some new buildings around the country are proving to be just as postcard-worthy as the Capitol Hill mainstays. Federal courthouses, ports of entry, office buildings and laboratories that are changing the ...