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FAA says it must hire, train air traffic controllers before retirement wave

June 15, 2004 The Federal Aviation Administration must hire new employees far in advance of an impending retirement wave, agency officials and other witnesses testified Tuesday. In the next seven years, the FAA faces a major personnel crisis as those hired in the wake of former President Ronald Reagan's 1981 purge of 12,000...

Tricare pharmacy program recovers from rocky beginning

June 14, 2004 A retail pharmacy program under the military's Tricare health insurance system got off to a slow start June 1 when a software problem caused substantial delays in prescription drug processing. The problem is now resolved, said Steve Littlejohn, vice president of public affairs for Express Scripts Inc., which is providing...

Treasury issues first electronic travel system contract

June 10, 2004 The Treasury Department has gotten the ball rolling on the General Services Administration's eTravel initiative by awarding the first eTravel service contract. Under the contract, which is expected to surpass $60 million over 10 years, Northrop Grumman will provide online travel service for the department using its GovTrip service. Treasury...

OPM, agencies urged to cooperate to speed hiring

June 8, 2004 Collaboration between the Office of Personnel Management and agencies' chief human capital officers is vital to improving the federal hiring process, according to a General Accounting Office official. An OPM report issued Friday cited agencies' rare use of new personnel flexibilities, such as category rating and direct hire authority, as...

OPM: Agencies not taking advantage of hiring flexibilities

June 4, 2004 Federal agencies are using few of the tools given to them to improve the federal hiring process, according to an Office of Personnel Management report released Friday. The report found that despite OPM's encouragement, agencies are not using recently granted hiring tools and flexibilities to their fullest extent. These tools...

National Building Museum honors General Services Administration

June 3, 2004 The National Building Museum Thursday gave the General Services Administration its 2004 Honor Award, celebrating the agency's commitment to architecture. The annual award is given by the museum to people and institutions that "have made a significant contribution to the built environment." Jill Dixon, director of public affairs for the...

Most TSP funds bounce back in May after April losses

June 2, 2004 After a month of losses in April, when nearly all the Thrift Savings Plan funds fell, the G, C, S and I Funds gained in May, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The G Fund, invested in government securities, was the only one of...

GAO recommends consolidation of food safety system

June 1, 2004 The federal food safety system should be consolidated to improve accountability, responsiveness and ability for congressional oversight, according to the General Accounting Office. GAO said too many agencies were involved in aspects of food safety and that "arbitrary jurisdictional lines of authority" diminish the accountability and responsiveness of the federal...

Park Service retirees criticize agency’s handling of limited funds

May 28, 2004 The Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees issued a report Thursday disputing claims by agency officials that there would be no major park budget cuts and park-goers would see "outstanding visitor service" this summer. The coalition's report was based on a survey of 12 national parks and focused on...

OPM focuses on emergency planning to push telework efforts

May 27, 2004 To promote more widespread use of teleworking, the Office of Personnel Management is emphasizing the importance of having a network of telecommuters in place in the event of an emergency. Abby Block, OPM's deputy associate director for employee and family support policy, told Government Executive that emergency planning has become...

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