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Out With the Old

March 1, 2005 Today's civil service system might not disappear quite as quickly as the Bush administration hopes. When the history of the Bush administration is written, it will include detailed chapters on the Sept. 11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the effort to revamp Social Security. It's also likely...

Retirement wave falls short of OPM projections

March 1, 2005 New data released by the Office of Personnel Management indicates that federal employees are retiring in greater numbers, though still not as rapidly as OPM projected three years ago using retirement trends from 1999 to 2001. Last year, 54,285 full-time, permanent employees retired, just short of the 56,151 that OPM...

Life After Government

February 23, 2005 Jim Flyzik remembers the deluge of phone calls, e-mails, white papers and proposals. The message was usually the same: "Buy my product and you will catch all the bad guys and the world will be safe," he recalls. A career civil servant, Flyzik had volunteered to leave his position as...

New Pentagon personnel system mirrors DHS plan

February 10, 2005 The Defense Department will replace the decades-old General Schedule pay and classification system with a new system based on pay for performance, according to proposed regulations that will be published in the Federal Register on Monday. In a briefing at the Pentagon Thursday, Defense and Office of Personnel Management officials...

Problems with Medicare trump those of Social Security, says comptroller general

February 9, 2005 Social Security is not in crisis, but the federal government does face large, unfunded commitments in the coming years, Comptroller General David M. Walker said Wednesday. Walker, who heads the Government Accountability Office, said the real crisis facing America now is rising health care costs, which are expected to balloon...

The Red Zone

February 1, 2005 Federal agencies are about to enter an era of fiscal austerity unlike any seen before. Comptroller General David M. Walker doesn't seem the type to get emotional about his work. After all, he comes from the buttoned-down world of public accounting, and his agency, the Government Accountability Office, is best...

Homework Helper

February 1, 2005 A former government technology guru goes to the private sector, helping contractors design their pitches. Jim Flyzik remembers the deluge of phone calls, e-mails, white papers and proposals. The message was usually the same: "Buy my product and you will catch all the bad guys and the world will be...

NIH scientists barred from working for agency's grant-holders

February 1, 2005 Scientists at the National Institutes of Health can no longer work for companies, universities and nonprofit organizations that rely on NIH grants, under new rules announced Tuesday by agency officials. During a briefing at the agency's headquarters in Bethesda, Md., NIH Director Elias Zerhouni said that "nothing is more important...

Bush administration plan to reform civil service draws union ire

January 27, 2005 Federal employee union leaders reacted with anger Thursday to news that the Bush administration will begin a governmentwide push to dismantle current civil service rules. On Wednesday, Clay Johnson, Office of Management and Budget deputy director for management, announced the decision to replace the General Schedule with a new personnel...

DHS personnel system unveiled

January 26, 2005 The Homeland Security Department will limit the scope of union bargaining, make it easier for managers to discipline poor performers and, over the next four years, dismantle the General Schedule pay system, under new regulations to be published soon in the Federal Register. In a press briefing Wednesday morning, Homeland...