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Standing Pat

July 1, 1996 July 1996 PROFILE Standing Pat Rep. Patricia Schroeder will leave her mark on Congress and the civil service when she retires this year. She'll probably have the last word, too. By Anne Laurent t looks like Congress' Queen of Quips will go to her retirement tweaking, poking, prodding and jibing...

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Time to Get Cooking on GPRA

July 1, 1996 ny manager or executive who hasn't yet added the letters G, P, R and A to the alphabet soup of management reforms simmering in his or her organization had better get stirring. The good news is that the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act could be the broth that finally...

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Up in the Air

June 1, 1996 The Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its personnel and purchasing system reforms on April 1 with all the trappings of reinvention success. Vice President Al Gore took the stage in the packed FAA auditorium, dropped an old glass vacuum tube in a wastebasket and declared, "Staffing shortages in places like New...

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Pushing Personnel Reform

June 1, 1996 ay Frances Dolan, FAA's personnel director, spent many years as an Office of Personnel Management staffer studying other agencies' staffing and pay experiments. So Dolan was delighted to get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create an FAA personnel system unfettered by most of the requirements of civil service law. But she...

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Officials Say Bye-Bye To Buyer Blues

June 1, 1996 lank radar screens, dead radios and faltering electricity have dogged the air traffic control system for the last year. The troubles have spotlighted the Federal Aviation Administration's frustrating 15-year struggle to modernize its equipment. Congress exempted the FAA from federal purchasing rules last November in the hope of ending that...

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Up in the Air

June 1, 1996 he Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its personnel and purchasing system reforms on April 1 with all the trappings of reinvention success. Vice President Al Gore took the stage in the packed FAA auditorium, dropped an old glass vacuum tube in a wastebasket and declared, "Staffing shortages in places like New...

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Transfer Tribulations (Sidebar to "Going Out of Business")

May 1, 1996 May 1996 THE WORKFORCE Transfer Tribulations (Sidebar to "Going Out of Business") By Anne Laurent When agencies close or reorganize and bases shut down, their work doesn't simply disappear. In most cases, whole chunks of work are transferred elsewhere within the parent department or out to other departments and agencies....

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Layoff Labyrinth

May 1, 1996 he rough and tumble of fiscal 1996 appropriations augurs bad budget seasons to come. Thus executives and managers need to begin planning for a new kind of downsizing: the anticipatory reduction in force. Officials forced to close agencies or operate for months without final budgets likely will be compelled to...

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Career Transition Rules Build on Defense Lessons

May 1, 1996 he Defense Department's eight years of base closing experience taught non-Defense agencies plenty about how to handle downsizing on a grand scale. Not the least of those lessons is the importance of providing employees coordinated, ongoing assistance in finding new jobs. DoD's experience is encoded in new rules requiring each...

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Transfer Tribulations

May 1, 1996 hen agencies close or reorganize and bases shut down, their work doesn't simply disappear. In most cases, whole chunks of work are transferred elsewhere within the parent department or out to other departments and agencies. Woe to the executive running a closure who fails to master the rules for transferring...