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IRS gets clean audit, but problems linger, says GAO

November 12, 2004 The Internal Revenue Service has an unusual problem when reporting its financial statements: Many of its numbers are secret. This poses extra challenges for the agency, which is required by 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act to file audited financial statements every year, forcing the tax-collecting behemoth to publicly report on ...

Election reveals gap between federal union members, leaders

November 11, 2004 As the leaders of federal employee unions lamented George Bush's reelection, many members celebrated, illuminating a disconnect between leadership and those they represent. All major federal employee unions, including the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, endorsed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., for president. But according ...

GSA violated free speech, union alleges

November 10, 2004 A lawsuit filed last week by one of the largest federal employee unions against the General Services Administration charges that the agency violated the First Amendment when it denied the union a permit to hold a rally in New York City last August. The National Treasury Employees Union says a ...

Agencies face new rules for managing property

November 9, 2004 The Federal Real Property Council, made up of agency executives who have experience in property management, has ratified new guidelines to help agencies improve their scores on the newest addition to the President's Management Agenda: real property asset management. In February, President Bush issued an executive order aimed at improving ...

GAO debates new auditing rules for agencies

November 8, 2004 After Congress enacted the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Government Accountability Office was left with a question: Should it change auditing standards for the government? GAO's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, a group of auditing experts from the public and private sectors, met Monday to debate that proposition. GAO sets ...

Advisory group says Park Service needs better science

November 4, 2004 A new report calls on the National Park Service to commit more resources to science, including reinstating an in-house team of researchers to monitor park management and ecology. "Science" - an umbrella term that includes everything from research to scientists to educational information provided to park visitors - has been ...

Federal employee unions upset at their candidate’s loss

November 3, 2004 Federal employee unions, all of which endorsed Sen. John Kerry for president, expressed disappointment and, in some cases, fear over what the next four years would bring. "I'm still numb by the whole thing. If the past four years is any indication of what we have to look forward to, ...

Postal Service tinkers with workers’ salaries

November 1, 2004 Postmasters' incentive pay - the amount they earn above their base salary for exceptional performance - will soon be subject to slightly different standards. The new rules, which will be released by the end of the year, will likely put less emphasis on factors that are outside of postmasters' control. ...

Agencies show modest management improvements

October 29, 2004 Ten federal agencies earned better grades on this quarter's score card from the Office of Management and Budget than they earned in the previous ratings. Under OMB's score card, green indicates success, yellow means mixed results, and red means unsatisfactory. Six agencies improved on at least two measures. The Labor ...

Civil Rights Commission management falls short, report says

October 28, 2004 The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights suffers from persistent management problems and has failed to comply with past recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office, according to a new report by the watchdog agency. The commission, which was created by the 1957 Civil Rights Act, is charged with studying discrimination ...