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Mothers Favorite

The nation's best boss for working mothers is a lawyer at the Department of Education, according to this month's issue of Redbook magazine.

The magazine's editors chose Steve Winnick, one of the department's three deputy general counsels and the supervisor of some 40 employees, over 700 other bosses nominated in a contest.

"I was rather stunned," Mr. Winnick said in an interview. "In fact, at first, I thought it was a joke. Sometimes I pull pranks in this office, and I thought it was someone getting back at me."

The magazine features Mr. Winnick in a story and a photo that includes the two employees who nominated him.

Amy Comstock and Joan Bardee wrote an essay in support of their boss and mailed it to Redbook.

They credited him with creating a plan that lets them share a job by working part time. The tag-team setup also allows them to spend time with their young children.

"One of the great things about this arrangement is that, by having two people in one job, the office rarely has to work around our schedules," wrote Ms. Comstock and Ms. Bardee, who share the position of ethics counsel for the department and who oversee five employees.

"As far as we know, it is the only supervisory job-share arrangement in the federal government," they wrote.

The department honored Mr. Winnick, a 25-year veteran of the agency, by hanging a banner in its Washington headquarters.

Mr. Winnick has been a deputy general counsel for six years.

The Virtue of PBS

Republican lawmakers have tried to run the Public Broadcasting Service out of business. But the work of one of the party's favorite sons was recently featured on the publicly supported TV network.

A cartoon version of William J. Bennett's Book of Virtues ran on PBS during three nights earlier this month.

The former secretary of education, who is now working as an adviser to Bob Dole's campaign, was quoted in The New York Times as saying, "It's not that I think PBS is bad, it's the risk of having government involved that I object to."

--MARK PITSCH federal@epe.org

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