Federal Triangle

A family affair

What is more difficult than introducing a speaker on the Beltway breakfast circuit? Barry West, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's chief information officer, may have had the best intro we have seen yet — from his mother-in-law.

"I just love Barry," said Sheila Zadd at a breakfast last week hosted by Federal Sources Inc.

West's wife, who works at SRA International Inc., was also in attendance.

It's in the family.

The brains at NSF and GAO

Three agencies stand above the rest when it comes to posting information online about their performance goals and results.

As part of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, agencies must produce annual reports detailing their progress in complying with GPRA, and they are required to post them online.

According to IBM Corp.'s Center for the Business of Government, officials from the National Science Foundation, the General Accounting Office and NASA went beyond the letter of the law.

NSF received an A-plus for its highly detailed and extensive GPRA report, which is accompanied by a user-friendly brochure highlighting key points. GAO also scored an A-plus for including a separate report of highlights that was easy to understand and well organized. NASA got an A for a report that was long but well organized.

All agencies with reports on their Web sites automatically received at least a C.

Hiring laws in vogue online

Federal anti-discrimination laws apply to employers seeking job applicants whether they put an ad in a newspaper or tap into the explosion of online job banks, according to a proposed federal rule from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Labor Department and the Office of Personnel Management. Millions of job seekers use the Web to search and apply for jobs daily, and EEOC officials said it does not matter what format is used.

With the increased use of technology by job hunters and employers, the equal employment laws still apply, officials said. The EEOC published its proposed position March 4 in the Federal Register, seeking comments from the public by May 3. In the meantime, commission officials weighed in on the issue, clarifying that civil rights laws apply and employers are still required to collect data outlining their hiring practices.

Online jobs have created a global market, and more than half of all employers are using the Internet to recruit workers, according to the EEOC. One online job site reported that it attracted more than 18 million résumés posted online in one year, and another said it receives nearly 3 million visits a month from job seekers.

Styles on the move

Angela Styles, former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has returned to the Washington, D.C., law firm of Miller & Chevalier as a member of the firm's government contracts practice. She worked at the firm before her two-year stint with the government.

Styles left the procurement post last September with a mixed reputation.

Asked to carry the burden of a controversial agenda, including competitive sourcing, she drew both praise and criticism — not to mention a little angst when her name was mentioned to contractors.

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