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Discrimination claims down, but investigations still drag, report finds

April 22, 2005 The number of discrimination claims filed by federal employees declined by 6 percent between 2003 and 2004, according to a new report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But EEOC Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez said the numbers were still too high. She added, "Despite some agencies' better efforts to process...

Black-tie affair honors government's distinguished executives

April 22, 2005 The Senior Executives Association and its Professional Development League honored the 69 civil servants awarded the 2004 Presidential Rank Awards Thursday evening during a ceremony and dinner at the State Department. The awards, given each year, reward senior professionals and senior executives for "exceptional long-term accomplishments." Winners receive a bonus...

Agencies stepping up use of personnel flexibilities, officials say

April 21, 2005 Agency officials painted a rosy picture Wednesday of their efforts to implement new flexibilities aimed at improving federal hiring, retention, and personnel practices. In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, representatives from the Office...

An Unlikely Critic

April 20, 2005 Critics of personnel reforms at the Defense and Homeland Security departments never could have imagined they'd have an ally in Neil McPhie. But when McPhie, appointed chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board in 2003 by President Bush, testified before a House Government Reform subcommittee last month, he perhaps unwittingly...

Software glitches force shutdown of agency hiring Web sites

April 18, 2005 For more than a month, federal job search Web sites at the Health and Human Services and Homeland Security departments have been shut down because of problems with software purchased from Virginia-based Monster Government Solutions. The problems, which began late last year and culminated March 9 with decisions at both...

The Faces of Leadership

April 15, 2005 The government is grappling with how to replace a generation of seasoned managers, whose success has come in many styles. Are good leaders made or are they born? Increasingly, that's the dilemma in government, where 75 percent of top civil service executives are older than 50 and nearly half are...

An Unlikely Critic

April 15, 2005 Bush appointee questions personnel reforms. Critics of personnel reforms at the Defense and Homeland Security departments never could have imagined they'd have an ally in Neil McPhie. But when McPhie, appointed chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board in 2003 by President Bush, testified before a House Government Reform subcommittee...

Aid With Strings

April 15, 2005 The new U.S. foreign assistance corporation evaluates nations before extending a hand. Paul V. Applegarth is on a mission to change the hostile view conservatives have long held about U.S. foreign aid. And if he succeeds, the U.S. government might embrace the view long held by liberals that the United...

Defense, OPM officials face questions on new personnel rules

April 14, 2005 Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday pressed top officials at the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management for more details about the Pentagon's design for its new personnel system. But OPM Acting Director Dan G. Blair and Navy Secretary Gordon R. England said they would not...

OPM official touts governmentwide civil service reform

April 13, 2005 A top Office of Personnel Management official on Wednesday reiterated the Bush administration's commitment to push for governmentwide changes in civil service rules. During a morning seminar sponsored by Government Executive, Marta Brito Perez, OPM associate director for human capital leadership and merit system accountability, dismissed arguments that the administration...