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Western land, law agencies take on fossil poachers

August 27, 2002 INTERIOR, S.D.-Federal law-enforcement officers in the western United States have never had it easy. The Bureau of Land Management, for example, has less than one officer for every million acres of land, yet must keep an eye out for everything from the dumping of hazardous materials to the theft of...

Rocky Flats nuclear cleanup effort finally on track

August 14, 2002 GOLDEN, Colo.-After years of struggle, the effort to clean up the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant-located on a 6,500-acre reserve 15 miles northwest of Denver-finally appears to be on track, thanks to a revamped management structure and the use of innovative contracting techniques. In the late 1980s and early 1990s,...

Merging cultures of homeland security agencies will be big challenge

June 13, 2002 Creating a unified "corporate culture" is sure to be one of the toughest challenges facing a new Department of Homeland Security, which will be cobbled together from 22 different federal entities, each with their own historical role and professional expertise. On the upside, the new department will have an important...

Contractors lobby against Labor Department reporting requirements

June 5, 2002 A battle is brewing between federal contractors and representatives of women's and minority groups over federally mandated paperwork that is designed to gauge workforce diversity among companies that do business with the government. A coalition of government contractors is trying to convince the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance...

Bank accused of shredding taxpayers’ returns hires Washington lobbyists

April 4, 2002 Mellon Financial Corp.--the Pittsburgh-based banking and investment giant whose employees lost and hid taxpayer filings last year when the company was under federal contract to handle tax payments--retained two lobbying firms last month to advise the company on "congressional oversight of the processing of federal tax returns and payments," according...

Park Service working on Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania

February 13, 2002 SOMERSET, Pa.-Barely five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the National Park Service is working with local officials to establish a memorial at the southwestern Pennsylvania site where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. "We had people almost immediately after the crash recognizing that this was not some...

Biometrics firms step up efforts to lobby agencies

November 1, 2001 Amid a major federal effort to track potential terrorists, several biometrics companies--firms that make devices for scanning fingerprints, faces and other body parts--have retained lobbyists to help acquaint federal executives with their products. Atlanta-based AcSys Biometrics has hired two lobbyists from Barnes & Thornburg, an Indianapolis-based law firm: John Edgell,...

Interest in Foreign Service jobs soars

October 24, 2001 In the midst of a period of tense diplomatic negotiations, the State Department announced some good news this week: More candidates took the U.S. foreign service exam on Sept. 29 than in any year since 1988. "While we are focusing on the difficult issues that are confronting our country since...

Praise for agencies may not translate into new recruits

October 23, 2001 Despite significant increases in public support for the federal government since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, federal officials continue to face a steep challenge in attracting well-educated government workers, according to surveys conducted by the polling firm Hart-Teeter before and after Sept. 11. Asked to rate their interest in...

Postal Service weighs new needs in bioterror fallout

October 17, 2001 The Postal Service has already received inquiries from congressional committees about what may be needed to defend the nation from mailed anthrax, but the post office has not yet decided on the best approach, a senior postal official said Tuesday. "We've had a lot of calls from the committees asking...

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