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Military relocation debate deadlocked

March 19, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Military families could expect their furniture to arrive on time, their dishes to arrive unbroken, and timely claims reimbursement under the Defense Department's latest plan to fix its damaged relocation program, DoD officials said Thursday. But without the moving industry's approval, the plan is unlikely to succeed, members of ...

Guide helps feds prevent software piracy

March 18, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal agencies have a new weapon to use in the war on software piracy declared by the Clinton administration: A step-by-step guidebook on managing software. Last year, President Clinton signed an executive order requiring agencies to ensure that they are not violating software copyright laws. The order stipulated that ...

White House tosses out old ethical standards

March 17, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Old rules governing standards of ethical conduct in the Executive Office of the President are finally being removed from the books, some six years after their repeal. Although the White House has been operating under the same standards of conduct as the rest of the executive branch since 1993, ...

Army labs speed hiring process

March 16, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Managers at Army laboratories will be able to hire employees more quickly under an experiment announced by the Office of Personnel Management last week. The experiment will take place under a 1994 law that allows OPM to carry out demonstration projects to test new personnel management concepts. Several of ...

VA sells personnel services to other agencies

March 15, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Department of Veterans Affairs is making a bid to help agencies with one of their most burdensome responsibilities: administering personnel and payroll systems. VA has teamed with PeopleSoft and Andersen Consulting to develop HR LINK$, an automated self-service buffet of human resources and payroll services. Using HR LINK$ ...

Y2K czar: Fight hysteria, complacency

March 15, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com State and local governments must do their part to keep both Y2K hysteria and complacency around the country in check, John Koskinen, chair of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion said Friday. "The problems and risks to the economy will not come from federal computers," Koskinen told state ...

Comings and Goings

March 15, 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. Bob Stone, the National Partnership for Reinventing Government's self-described "energizer-in-chief," is retiring in May. He will be spending ...

Improved drug labels earn FDA kudos

March 12, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Cold and flu sufferers who rely on over-the-counter drugs will soon be able to read the fine print on cough syrups and decongestants, even with heavy-lidded eyes. The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it is unveiling a new label for over-the-counter drugs that features bigger print and clearer ...

USDA discrimination suit advances

March 11, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com More than 300 African American managers at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) were denied promotions due to discrimination, a class action complaint alleges. White managers at USDA's Farm Service Agency systematically denied promotions to African American employees in grades GS-12 through GS-14, the employees' said. In one instance, a ...

House chairs: Waste not, want not

March 11, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal agencies have been advised to fix wasteful management problems in the past, but House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., said Wednesday he is willing to put taxpayers' money where his mouth is. In a letter to heads of every federal agency, Young and House Government Reform Committee ...