News Briefs

June 20, 1997

News Briefs


Conference Announcements

News Briefs


10th Annual Federal Quality Conference

Get more information on this special conference and download a brochure and registration forms from our special conference section.

U.S. Navy International Logistics Symposium

Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton will be a guest speaker at a three-day International Logistics Symposium sponsored by the Navy International Programs Office in conjunction with the American Society of Naval Engineers, July 14-16, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Crystal City, VA. Representatives from government, industry and foreign nations will meet to exchange ideas and review exhibits on a variety of logistics topics related to the Navy's Foreign Military Sales program. For program information contact NAVSEA (703) 602-9000.

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.

**TSP OPEN SEASON**The Thrift Savings Plan Open Season runs through July 31. During this time, you may begin contributing to the TSP, change the amount of your TSP contributions, or allocate TSP contributions to your account among the three investment funds. To get more information and download the forms you will need, click here.

THE FEDERAL DIARY--The C-fund (stock index) has earned 17.07 percent since it became available to investors in 1988. Don't let the current open season pass you by (The Washington Post).

FEDERAL ISSUES--OPM summarizes union recognition exclusive agreements in government...and...One of the biggest barriers to a successful partnership between federal agencies and unions is the lack of real commitment from the top leaders of both management and labor, panelists told members of the National Partnership Council June 11 (Government Employee Relations Report).

OF INTEREST--Technology and productivity advances in some industries continue to force layoffs. Businesses might have slightly lower profits but our nation could enjoy the same robust economic growth if we abolished both voice-mail and productivity-driven layoffs (USA TODAY, Commentary).

OTHER VIEWS--Active duty military members would be able to enroll in federal civilian health plan (Navy Times, Springfield, VA, 6/9/97).

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