Managers are stretching to measure up as strategic plans required under the Government Performance and Results Act come due this fall.
After 200 years of unwieldy management, Defense officials are still trying to get a grip on the department's finances.
Competing with Convicts
Federal Prison Industries, Inc. is doing a booming business selling goods manufactured by federal prisoners to government agencies. Its private-sector competitors aren't happy.
Slugs and Body Snatchers
They're not insects and monsters--they're commuters for whom the traditional car pool just doesn't cut it anymore.
The Value of Service
As hard as it tries, the Corporation for National Service can't seem to satisfy critics who question whether its programs are worth the $600 million a year that taxpayers spend on them.
Comic Strip Tease
Dilbert may just be poking fun at the office of the '90s, but the symbolism rings true at many federal agencies.