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Use of Web, e-mail to contact agencies on the rise

May 25, 2004 Americans' use of the Internet to access government information is growing rapidly, according to a new study. The report, "How Americans Get in Touch With Government," showed a 50 percent growth from 2002 to 2003 in the number of Americans who visited a federal, state or local government Web site...

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Agencies urged to hire disabled students for summer jobs

May 24, 2004 Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld issued a joint memo Monday asking agencies to step up use of a program designed to provide summer internships for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. Through the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities, the Labor Department gives...

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OPM report shows telework numbers far below goal

May 21, 2004 Federal agencies have made improvements in implementing telecommuting plans, but are far below the goals laid out four years ago by Congress, according to the Office of Personnel Management. While the number of telecommuting employees grew from 90,010 in 2002 to 102,921 in 2003, that number is less than 4...

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CIOs defend agencies’ progress in creating technology blueprints

May 20, 2004 While charts presented to a House panel Wednesday indicated slow progress by agencies in implementing blueprints for arranging their technology systems, such data does not show the whole picture, witnesses said. The charts, presented by the General Accounting Office to a House Government Reform subcommittee, indicated that 76 of 93...

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Officials say recruiting efforts will offset retirement wave

May 20, 2004 Federal officials told House lawmakers this week that stepped-up recruiting efforts will mitigate the effects of an anticipated wave of employee retirements. As droves of civil service baby boomers near retirement, the government has become increasingly concerned about replacing the core of its workforce, especially in the face of competition...

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GAO finds Postal Service reforms not reaching potential

May 19, 2004 Three major financial reform initiatives that the U.S. Postal Service implemented in 2001 have scored mixed results, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Since the beginning of fiscal 2002, the Postal Service has initiated bulk fuel programs, reverse auctions for highway contracts and national contracts to consolidate spending....

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Agencies urged to include disabled workers in emergency plans

May 18, 2004 Communication, flexibility and agency commitment are the keys to establishing emergency procedures for employees with disabilities, according to a new Labor Department report. More than 120,000 employees with disabilities work in facilities owned or leased by the federal government, according to Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities: An Interagency Seminar...