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An Appeal to President Bush: No Challenger Style Presidential Commission for Columbia Accident

By on February 2, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Investigation of the Challenger accident became political theatre rather than a rational investigation designed to ferret out problems and their cause. The author urges President Bush to learn from that investigation and avoid them in investigating the Columbia tragedy.

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Creating a New Civil Service System Isn't Easy But Changes May Be Coming

By on January 29, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The administration and key players in the House and Senate want to change the federal government’s HR system. It may happen this time.

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Will You Consider $452,000 to Start This New Job?

By on January 27, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Members of the Public Company Oversight Accounting Board voted salaries for themselves of $452,000 and up. Congress may get involved in rollling them back

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Performance Plan for Feds Proposed–It's DOA

By on January 26, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Pay for performance plan proposed for federal employees. It isn’t likely to survive when it comes up against the Washington establishment that resists controversial change.

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TSA Contracts Agency HR Office – To the State of California?

By on January 16, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Transportation Security Administration awards two new contracts to run the HR function for the agency–one to a California state agency and one to a New York firm.

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E-Government is Coming: First Up, Your Paycheck

By on January 15, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

the President’s management agenda calls for making government services more available and saving money by using an “e-government” strategy.

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Does America Need a Draft?

By on January 9, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Calls for a new military draft are designed to score political points using race and class arguments rather than creating an effective fighting force

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Should the Federal Government Use Free Software?

By on December 9, 2002 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Use of free software may not be less expensive that using Windows. Some federal agencies are still going with the “free” version though

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Surprise: Government has Budget Surplus in September

By on October 27, 2002 in Current Events with 0 Comments

There is a positive figure for the September budget but it is still down about $159 billion for the fiscal year

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Going for the Gold: Harvard to Reluctantly Accept Recruiters from United States Military

By on August 28, 2002 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Harvard Reluctantly Accepts Military Recruiters on Campus

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