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Ground Zero

September 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com prawling over 310 square miles of South Carolina forest and swampland is the Savannah River Site (SRS), one of the most important nuclear wea-pons installations in Cold War-era America. For four decades, SRS-located on the Savannah River across from Augusta, Ga.-produced tritium and plutonium, key ingredients in the buildup...

House passes bill blocking contractor ethics rules

July 21, 2000 In yet another twist in a years-long fight, the House late Thursday voted 228-190 to attach an amendment to the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill that effectively stalls a Clinton Administration proposal to prevent companies with questionable labor-relations practices from winning federal contracts. The proposal-dubbed "blacklisting regulations" by its business critics-was initially...

Administration unveils pro-labor ethics rules for contractors

June 30, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com A conclusion may finally be in sight for an oft-delayed change in federal contracting rules sought by labor unions and derided by vendors as a "blacklisting" effort. The proposed reforms are slated to appear in Friday's Federal Register-three and a half years after they were first proposed by Vice...

Postal service temporarily suspends petition ban

June 6, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com Just days after the U.S. Postal Service was sued for enforcing a ban on signature-gatherering at post offices, the two sides in the case have reached an interim agreement that will limit the scope of the legal action and permit a speedy trial on the merits, an attorney for...

Postal Service faces suit over petition ban

June 1, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com A group of ballot-initiative advocates announced Wednesday that they are filing suit against the U.S. Postal Service for its policy of barring petition-circulating at post offices. The plaintiffs cited the policy's impact on free speech and the democratic process, contending that it "severely limits the ability of citizens around...

Postal Service takes on OSHA in ergonomics battle

May 30, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com The U.S. Postal Service has opened a new front in the years-long battle over a proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to stiffen ergonomics protections for American workers. In recent months, Postal Service officials have questioned OSHA's proposal and the agency's estimates of its affect on the...

Charleston makes lemonade from BRAC lemons

April 25, 2000 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-In its heyday, the Charleston Naval Base was a sight to behold. Established in 1902, it served the nation through two World Wars and many regional conflicts, eventually becoming the Navy's third-largest homeport behind San Diego and Norfolk, Va. For decades, Navy ships and submarines would slip into...

Base closure stalemate ends in Myrtle Beach

April 21, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-Officials in Myrtle Beach-like their counterparts to the south in Charleston-came up with grand plans as soon as they knew they would be stuck with a shuttered military base. But unlike the municipalities in the Charleston area-which quickly united behind a single redevelopment vision for the Charleston...

Group pours money into fight over USPS rate hike

March 24, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com The Magazine Publishers of America is following through on its promise to spend $10 million to defeat a 15 percent proposed rate hike by the U.S. Postal Service. The association recently hired two firms to lead its campaign-Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, a law and lobbying firm, and...

Small business group to bring lawsuits against agencies

March 17, 2000 ljacobson@nationaljournal.com The National Federation of Independent Business, the influential small-business lobbying group, plans to announce on March 22 that it is launching a separate legal entity that will challenge federal agencies that fail to take small-business issues into account when drafting regulations. The NFIB Legal Foundation,which chose an internal candidate,...

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