An Information Sheet for Federal Communicators, Managers, Workers, and Their Partners--Pass It On
At 11:30 a.m. ET on May 4, Vice President Gore and members of Congress and the Cabinet will open a three-day exhibition on the Mall in front of the Capitol to observe Public Employees Recognition Week. The Vice President will speak about the meaning of public service. If you can't attend in person, the National Performance Review will coordinate a special live television satellite feed (SBS 6 Transponder 19 H). Watch for information through your agency as to its availability on local hookups. C-SPAN may also carry the speech, but we don't know what time.
Observance Is Nationwide
Public Employees Recognition Week is observed all over the country. Local, state, and federal employees will reach out to our customers--the American people-to celebrate the contributions that public employees make to the nation. Federal Executive Boards, Federal Executive Associations and other organizations will hold observances and awards ceremonies during the month. Many events will feature Hammer Awards to Heroes of Reinvention- teams and individuals who are busy creating a government that works better and costs less.
The President Recognizes Public Employees
President Clinton issued the following message to federal workers and citizens:
Greetings to everyone celebrating Public Service Recognition Week, 1995.
Our nation's government has tremendous potential for good when it works in partnership with citizens to expand opportunity. With the assistance of dedicated public employees, our government has helped to advance civil rights, defend freedom, protect our environment, and uplift the lives of countless Americans. All those who serve the people of the United States can be proud of their contributions to this important legacy.
As our Administration continues its efforts to make government work better and cost less, this week offers Americans a special opportunity to learn more about the importance of public service. Every citizen has a solemn responsibility to understand and become involved in ensuring our country's success. I encourage all of you to keep pace with the times. Your participation can help to ensure a brighter future for you and your family and for communities throughout the land.
Best wishes for a most successful week.
More than a dozen organizations have set up funds to help federal workers and their families who survived the explosion in Oklahoma City. These organizations include:
- Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), 8441 W. Bowles Avenue, Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80123-3245. Checks should be made out to OK FUND.
- Oklahoma City Federal Family Assistance Relief Fund, Oklahoma Federal Credit Union, 517 NE 36th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
- AFSCME Local 2406 Educational Trust Fund, 3400 Southwestern Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73109 (for children whose parents were killed).
The Federal Times and The Washington Post's Federal Diary Columnist Mike Causey provided the National Performance Review with names of organizations that have established funds. To obtain the list by FAX, leave a message for Joan Peschel, (202) 632-0150, ext. 120.
Also, Americans Communicating Electronically (ACE) have asked those in Oklahoma and all those affected by the bombing to tell fellow ACEers what they need and how ACE can help. The Internet email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United States House of Representatives begins this week the first in a series of hearings on issues related to government reinvention. The hearings are sponsored by the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight's Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology. Congressman Stephen Horn (R-CA) is chair of the Subcommittee.
The National Performance Review is the topic of the first hearing, set for 10 a.m., May 2, in Room 311 of the Cannon Office Building in Washington, DC. Alice Rivlin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is among those scheduled to testify.
Later hearing topics include departmental management (May 9), restructuring agencies (May 16), consolidation within agencies (May 23), corporate structures for government functions (June 6); streamlining field structures (June 13); benchmarking and program performance measures (June 20), Government Performance and Results Act (June 27), budget issues (July 11), Chief Financial Officers Act (July 18), Inspectors Generals Act (July 25), information technology (Aug. 1), and information technology procurement (Sept. 12).
The Social Security Administration will broadcast a program on the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset on May 25 at 1:15 p.m., ET. Viewers may call or FAX questions. For more information, call A.J. France at (410) 965-4906. (Satellite information: Ku BandÇGalaxy 7, 91║W Ku Transponder 24V Downlink Frequency 12, 170 MHz, Audio 6.8 MHz.
C-BandTelstar 401, 97║W C-Band Transponder 16H, Downlink frequency 4,020 Mhz, Audio 6.8 MHz.)
For more information, contact Pat Wood, Communications Team, National Performance Review, 750-17th St., NW, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (202) 632-0150, ext. 102; FAX: (202) 632-0390; email: email@example.com.. We ask federal editors and communicators to help spread the word about REGO II in your internal publications and email.