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Top federal lawyers build case against terrorists

September 28, 2001 Since the first deadly strikes against American targets in the 1980s, the United States has struggled to develop a swift, just, and consistent approach to combating terrorism. U.S. policy has ranged from launching missile strikes on terrorist dens abroad, to trying suspects in U.S. courts, to allowing foreign investigators to...

INS, State were warned to work together against terrorists

September 19, 2001 A report issued by the Justice Department's inspector general in March 1998 warned that the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, which issues visas, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which enforces their terms, were not doing enough to track down people who overstay temporary visas. The report also noted...

Federal employees aren't the only ones waiting for appointees to be confirmed

July 30, 2001 When you're a top lobbying firm that boasts such big names as Anne Wexler and Bob Walker, you wouldn't expect to have to prove yourself all over again. Wexler, a former aide to President Carter, has run her firm, the Wexler Group, since 1981. Walker, a former high-ranking House Republican...

Energy Department

June 28, 2001 Established: 1977 Address: 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20585 Phone: 202-586-5000 2001 Budget:: $18.9 billion Employment:: 15,731 Web Site: www.energy.gov Functions: The Energy Department coordinates national activities relating to the production, regulation, marketing, and conservation of energy. It is also responsible for the federal nuclear weapons program and the...

Prying Eyes

June 1, 2001 The information sharing that makes e-government possible is producing a backlash of concerns about privacy. ick Young can't say enough about the benefits of the federal government's new hires database. As director of Virginia's child support enforcement agency, he takes pride in the fact that the database has helped him...

Lobbying campaign against federal prison firm heats up

May 21, 2001 Call the Long Island City, N.Y., office of Glamour Glove, and you can hear machines whirring in the background. Yes, New York's only remaining glove factory is still in business, says the receptionist, straining to be heard over the constant noise. For owner William Le Bouvier and the other folks...

A Fresh Start

April 15, 2001 States applaud agency's shift from adversary to advocate in alliance for poor families. t was a well-deserved moment in the sun for Donna Cabral. Officials at the Boston office of the Administration for Children and Families had finished examining 30 different Head Start programs throughout New England, and Cabral's was...

Hard Sell

September 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com lan Levitt doesn't mince words. "This is the most closely scrutinized advertising campaign in history," says the director of the media program at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. If that's overstating the case, it's not by much. Levitt, a 30-year veteran of the civil service,...

At the convention, a gaggle of government workers

August 18, 2000 At the Democratic National Convention, public employees are out in force. The National Education Association boasts 317 delegates, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), 140 delegates. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has a whopping 270 delegates. Other public employee unions have smaller contingents in Los...

Weather Service, private firm wrangle over patent

April 12, 2000 Remember those annoying station breaks for tests of the government's Emergency Alert System? The EAS is the National Weather Service system that warns of inclement weather by issuing a loud buzzing noise through televisions and radios. Well, the EAS has become more than annoying for broadcasters, who could face possible...