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Comings and Goings: DOE gets management guru

May 3, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Every Monday on GovExec.com, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to ksaldarini@govexec.com or fax it to 202-739-8511. Jody Zall Kusek has been appointed senior advisor for management reform at the Department of Energy. She will...

Legal Briefs: Who's a cop?

April 30, 1999 letters@govexec.com ksaldarini@govexec.com The Merit Systems Protection Board has decided that several groups of Navy employees fit the definition of federal law enforcement officer, so they can retire earlier with fewer years of service than other federal employees. Law enforcement officers can retire from the federal government with full retirement benefits...

GAO: Agencies need incentive to fix crumbling buildings

April 30, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com About half of all federal buildings are more than 50 years old and in dire need of major repairs, witnesses said Thursday at a House hearing on ways to improve federal property management. But agencies won't take the initiative to repair and maintain deteriorating buildings or find ways to...

Harvard names innovation award semifinalists

April 29, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Twenty-two federal programs have been named semifinalists in the 1999 Innovations in American Government Awards, administered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Semifinalists are eligible for one of ten $100,000 awards given for original and effective government programs. The Innovations in American Government awards are widely...

Supreme Court: Bribes, not gifts, will get you busted

April 28, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com A Supreme Court decision Tuesday made it harder for lobbyists and others to be convicted of giving illegal gratuities to federal officials. A gift to a federal official must be linked to a specific federal act, so that it is in effect a bribe, in order for it to...

Supreme Court hears case on EEO complaints

April 27, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that will decide whether the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission can order federal agencies to pay compensatory damages stemming from discrimination complaints filed by federal employees. In deciding the case, the high court will address the question of whether employees alleging...

Mars mission shows path to "faster, better, cheaper"

April 26, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Most federal executives can relate to the problem of managing underfunded projects on tight deadlines. The Mars Pathfinder mission was just such a project. The Pathfinder mission had a budget of $171 million and a three-year deadline. By comparison, NASA's Viking mission to Mars in 1976 took six years...

GAO: OMB can't objectively assess cost of regulations

April 26, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Economic experts say the Office of Management and Budget is constrained by politics from accurately analyzing agencies' reports on the costs and benefits of federal regulations, the General Accounting Office has reported. Once a regulatory report is published, it becomes a statement of the administration's policy, and it is...

Comings and Goings: New Marine, Army chiefs named

April 26, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Every Monday on GovExec.com, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to ksaldarini@govexec.com or fax it to 202-739-8511. On April 21, President Clinton nominated Lt. Gen. James L. Jones to become the 32nd Commandant of the...

Legal Briefs: House hunting hassle

April 23, 1999 letters@govexec.com ksaldarini@govexec.com When the Fish and Wildlife Service transferred Carol A. Tyson from Klamath Falls, Ore. to Ventura County, Calif., Tyson called ahead and made an offer on a home, site unseen. But before finalizing the purchase, she wanted to visit the area and check out other homes. Her boss...