News Briefs

February 21, 1997

News Briefs

The following news summaries are from OPM AM, the daily newsletter of the Office of Personnel Management. OPM AM is available on OPM Mainstreet, the agency's electronic bulletin board, at 202-606-4800.

NPR--The National Performance Review is reminding federal employees that part of good customer service means eliminating "bureaucratese" and writing regulations in plain English. "NPR's interagency Plain English team believes that if you write clearer regulations, users won't have to waste time figuring out what the government means" (The Washington Times, Inside the Beltway).

DNC VOLUNTEERS--"The White House is ending the practice of allowing the Democratic National Committee to pay the salaries of some of its volunteer' workers, administration officials said last night, and will hire four individuals now being paid by the DNC" (The Washington Post, The Federal Page).

FLIGHT PAY--"The armed services paid more than $200 million in flight pay the last three years to those in jobs that do not require them to fly, a GAO study shows" (The Washington Post, The Federal Page, In Brief).

OF INTEREST--Cisco Sytems, a maker of networking hardware, has eliminated permanent seating for nearly everyone in its sales office. Now it's first come, first served (The Wall Street Journal, The Front Lines).

OTHER VIEWS--FEHB a model for Medicare (Journal Review, Crawfordsville, IN, Jan. 29' Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, Jan. 19)...Procedures to follow after a survivor death (Retirement Life Magazine, Washington, DC)...Mail-order pharmacy could replace free on-base medicines for elderly (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, AK, Jan. 29; Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs, CO, Jan. 25).

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