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DoD told to get serious about financial reforms

April 15, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Defense Department must attack its complex financial management problems with the same vigor it applied to the year 2000 computer crisis-creating detailed plans, setting deadlines and target goals, and issuing regular updates-auditors said Wednesday. DoD consistently has not been able to comply with federal audit regulations due to...

DoD: Private-sector practices will lead to savings

April 14, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com In a report released Monday, the Defense Department reaffirmed that it intends to adopt private sector practices to generate savings to fund weapons modernization efforts. Jacques Gansler, undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, said DoD will tackle its biggest reform challenges by applying lessons from the commercial sector....

High-risk problems just won't go away

April 13, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Federal programs on the General Accounting Office's "high-risk" list need continuous monitoring and top-level attention if the government's worst financial mismanagement, waste and fraud problems will ever be solved, GAO officials reported recently. In response to questions posed by Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., chairman of the House Government Reform...

TSP's C Fund up almost 4 percent

April 13, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has reported that the Thrift Savings Plan's C Fund-which invests in common stocks-rose 3.99 percent in March, following a 3.09 percent drop in February. After losing 1.74 percent in February, the F Fund (fixed-income bonds) gained 0.54 percent in March. The G Fund...

Gore honors international exchange efforts

April 12, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com More than 60 federal agencies involved in international training and exchange programs are now working together to share resources, thanks to the work of an award-winning interagency group. Vice President Gore recognized the Interagency Working Group on United States Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training (IAWG) with one of his...

Comings and Goings

April 12, 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. Two top officials at NASA's international space station program have decided to move on. Gretchen McClain, deputy associate...

Customs Service to study discrimination complaints

April 9, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com The U.S. Customs Service is asking an independent review panel to determine if its inspectors at airports routinely discriminate against certain passengers, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The panel will investigate charges that inspectors single out black and Hispanic passengers as suspected drug smugglers, subjecting them to body searches....

Big federal spenders stiff small businesses

April 9, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Agencies with the deepest pockets gave the least amount of business to small firms last year, according to a new report by the Small Business Administration. More than 60 percent of federal prime contract dollars in fiscal 1998 were spent by agency procurement centers with poor records of awarding...

OPM issues revised RIF rules

April 9, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Agencies must give employees access to records documenting why they were selected to be laid off during reductions-in-force, the Office of Personnel Management reaffirmed this week. Under new rules published Wednesday in the Federal Register, an employee who has been selected for downsizing-or a representative of the employee-can review...

OPM issues new life insurance rule for divorcees

April 8, 1999 ksaldarini@govexec.com Divorced feds who participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program should be alert to a change in rules for designating beneficiaries. A new interim rule will supplant current beneficiary regulations in cases involving court-ordered beneficiaries, OPM said in an Apr. 6 Federal Register announcement. Under the...