News Briefs

April 4, 1997

News Briefs


Conference Announcements

OPM AM News Briefs


20th Annual May Training Program

The 20th annual May Training Program will be held at the Arlington [Texas] Convention Center from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14, 1997. The two-day training program consists of 13 professional speakers who will present 20 different workshops on a wide variety of topics such as motivation, organizational improvement, successful writing, sexual harrassment, communication strategies, career advancement, and many more. Some workshop titles include:

  • How to Manage Projects, Priorities, and Deadlines;
  • Communicate With Clarity, Confidence, andCreditability;
  • Technology Never Stands Still.. Neither Should Your Career;
  • Leapfrogging Roadblocks to Organizational Harmony;

Conference costs are $45 per day. Complete conference details are available at The registration deadline is April 11,1997. For questions, please call Cheryl Moore, FWPC President, at 817-847-3898.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Seminar

This two-day seminar scheduled for May 1 and 2 at OPM [in Washington, DC], is designed to help Employee Assistance Program counselors and other mental health professionals in developing and managing a CISD team. The seminar prepares participants to provide a variety of crisis services for distressed employees after a traumatic event occurs at work. For more information call Sheila Rozier at (202) 606-1269.

Third Annual Performance Management Conference

May 13-14, 1997, in McLean, VA, at the McLean Hilton Hotel. This conference is designed to provide practical, cutting-edge information on a wide variety of topics related to performance appraisals and awards. To receive a brochure, call (202) 606-2720, or fax a request to (202) 606-2395. For additional conference information, call Digna Carballosa at (202) 606-1778 or E-Mail

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.

THE FEDERAL DIARY--"Savings plan watchers will be checking to see if the recent stock market jitters--and correction--will spook investors from the C-fund, or if they will adopt a long-term strategy and ride it out." Money in the G-fund (Treasury securities) of the federal thrift savings plan will be invested at 7.125 percent for April (The Washington Post, C2).

ETHICS--In a recent study, nearly half, 48 percent of U.S. workers admit to taking unethical or illegal actions in the past year (USA TODAY).

DAY CARE--As a group, children in day care learn to think and talk just as well as those cared for by their mothers, a long-term national study has found (The Washington Post).

MANAGEMENT PHOBIA--Many people don't want to be a manager--and many people who are managers are, frankly, itching to jump off the management track--or have already (The Wall Street Journal).

OTHER VIEWS--Federal unions' growing clout (Investor's Business Daily, Los Angeles, CA, March 7)...OPM mentioned in an article about Tobyhanna announcement that jobs were available (Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, PA, March 18)...FEHB mentioned in an article about military health benefits (Fairbanks Daily-News-Miner, Fairbanks, AK, March 10).

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