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GSA creates training program for STARs

April 7, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal managers hoping to transform their agencies into model organizations of the 21st century may soon look to the General Services Administration and the Chief Information Officers Council for help. Together, these organizations are developing an intensive training program for future leaders of federal technology efforts. GSA's popular Trail ...

Forest Service cuts off e-mail deluge

April 6, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Managers can now add e-mail, along with the year 2000 problem and hackers, to the growing list of threats to agency computer systems. The Forest Service learned to distrust e-mail the hard way, after its computers almost buckled under a deluge of e-mail from activists and individuals who discovered ...

Report: DoD overestimates savings from cutbacks

April 6, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Defense Department may be assuming too much when calculating savings from base closures and outsourcing efforts, the General Accounting Office concludes in a new report. As a result, projected savings from the two major components of the Defense Reform Initiative may not be reliable, GAO said in its ...

Comings and Goings

April 5, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Every Monday on GovExec.com, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to ksaldarini@govexec.com or fax it to 202-739-8511. John Hanson has been nominated as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans ...

OPM puts FEGLI calculator online

April 5, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Office of Personnel Management added a convenient new tool to its Web site last week: An online calculator that helps answer federal employees' group life insurance program questions. The calculator allows Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) participants to determine the face value of plans as well as ...

Postal Service says diversity plans are working

April 2, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Postal Service announced this week that it has tackled 17 of 23 planned diversity initiatives designed to make the agency better reflect the communities it serves. USPS incorporated the 23 initiatives into a business plan last year following a report by consulting firm Aguirre International on how the ...

Pentagon outsources outsourcing studies

April 2, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com, letters@govexec.com The Defense Department hires private firms to help it decide whether to contract out work in 80 percent of outsourcing and privatization studies, the General Accounting Office has found. DoD has sought private-sector help in 2,391 of 2,989 privatization and outsourcing studies since 1996, GAO reported in "Outsourcing ...

Some feds to get day off for NATO anniversary

April 1, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal employees who work in downtown Washington D.C. should be excused from work on Friday, April 23 to help relieve traffic congestion expected from the 50th anniversary NATO summit, Office of Personnel Management Director Janice R. Lachance announced Thursday. Lachance is urging agency heads to excuse employees that work ...

Almost all agency systems meet Y2K deadline

April 1, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Ninety-two percent of mission-critical computer systems at the 24 largest federal agencies met the March 31 deadline for becoming Y2K-compliant, officials announced Wednesday. Of the 24 agencies, 13 reported that their computer systems were 100 percent compliant, meaning they had been fixed and tested. The Agency for International Development ...

Feds ordered to store computer records

March 31, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal employees should think twice before deleting their e-mail files. In a new directive, the National Archives and Records Administration requires agencies to save electronic records that were previously kept only in paper format. NARA bulletin 99-04, issued on March 25, repeals an old rule allowing agencies to delete ...