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Clinton proposes anti-terrorist "Cyber Corps"

January 22, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com President Clinton proposed Friday that the United States form a "Cyber Corps" of computer experts to defend against threats to the nation's critical information systems. The Cyber Corps program would help fortify the ranks of federal government computer experts, Clinton said, and would encourage federal agencies to recruit computer-savvy ...

Software eases conference planning headaches

January 22, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal meeting coordinators no longer need to reach for the aspirin when trying to put together all the details of travel planning. Thanks to the innovation of two Army majors, they can reach for a software remedy instead. For federal planners, putting together an affordable conference for attendees scattered ...

Space is an issue at NASA

January 20, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Some NASA employees today are concerned about the same space issues that bothered them in 1992. Office space issues, that is. Since NASA relocated its headquarters in 1992 from seven buildings in and around L'Enfant Plaza in Washington to its current location in southwest D.C., most of the agency's ...

Veterans' benefits should be upgraded, report says

January 15, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Health care, education and employment transition benefits for retired veterans need to be changed to reflect the needs of 21st century service members, a congressionally chartered commission reported Thursday. Many of the benefits veterans receive today are based on programs or organizations established during World War II, said the ...

TSP contribution limit remains at $10,000

December 30, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Thrift Savings Plan's annual contribution limit will remain at $10,000 in 1999. The IRS sets each year's annual contribution limit, known as the elective deferral limit, to account for cost-of-living increases. In 1998 the contribution limit rose to $10,000, up from $9,500 in 1997. Most federal employees are ...

USDA programs overlap with other agencies

December 30, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Agriculture Department often performs the same functions as other federal agencies, according to a General Accounting Office report released Monday. GAO found that USDA's 1999 annual performance plan did not fully explain how overlapping responsibilities would be shared or consolidated among federal agencies. As part of the Government ...

Clinton grants half-day off on Christmas Eve

December 18, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal employees have received an early holiday gift from the President-a half-day off on Christmas Eve. In an executive order released Thursday afternoon, President Clinton ordered that all agencies be closed for the last half of the scheduled workday on Dec. 24th. Some exceptions apply to personnel responsible for ...

GAO: Forest Service reforms have changed little

December 18, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Forest Service's 1995 budget reforms have not had a significant impact on the way the agency is managed, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Despite the goals of the 1995 reforms, the Forest Service has not improved its budget accountability, according to the report ("Forest Service ...

Soldiers bring science to kids

December 9, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com It's easy to imagine Army grunts crawling under barb wire and hurling grenades, but you might not expect to see soldiers conducting science experiments for kids and answering tough math questions. But don't be too surprised if you do. Because the Army is bringing science and math education to ...

Contractor mergers save DoD billions

December 3, 1998 ksaldarini@govexec.com Defense industry mergers have saved the Defense Department more than $2 billion, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The GAO review of seven major defense industry mergers, including those of Northrop and Grumman and Lockheed and Martin Marietta, showed that each saved the government hundreds of millions ...