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Amelia Gruber

Senior Editor Amelia Gruber covered management and contracting for Government Executive for three years before becoming an editor. She also has worked as an editor at Roll Call newspaper and as a research assistant at the Urban Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, with a major in economics, and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Agency Leaders Urged to Support Federal Employee Job Satisfaction Survey

April 6, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management earlier this week announced the next round of an annual survey to gauge how federal employees governmentwide really feel about their jobs, managers, pay and benefits. The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will be distributed in two waves beginning the first week of May, recently...

Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump's 2019 Budget

February 12, 2018 Most agencies would experience relatively large cuts under President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request released Monday. At the top of the list, the Environmental Protection Agency would take a 33.7 percent hit from enacted 2017 spending levels. The State Department would see a 26.9 percent cut. Gains would come at...

How Many Employees Would Your Agency Lose (or Gain) Under Trump's Budget?

February 12, 2018 President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request is light on detail about the reorganization plans agencies were required to submit to the Office of Management and Budget last fall, discussing instead much broader pay and civil service reforms. The proposal does, however, offer some hint as to the magnitude of workforce...

What Feds Furloughed During the Shutdown Need to Know About Their Back Pay and Leave

January 25, 2018 When Congress passed a bill Monday to reopen the government after a three-day lapse in appropriations, lawmakers also approved back pay for federal employees who were sent home during the shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday put out a memo to agency chief human capital officers to clarify...

Shutdown Will Continue Monday, Triggering Furloughs for Hundreds of Thousands of Feds

January 21, 2018 Lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach a budget compromise that would allow federal agencies to return to normal operations on Monday following a funding lapse that took effect at midnight Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the floor Sunday night to announce that the chamber would vote...

Federal Retirees to Receive Biggest Cost-of-Living Bump Since 2012

October 13, 2017 Federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 2 percent next year, the largest boost since 2012. The increase—which applies to all retirees receiving Social Security benefits and not just federal retirees—was welcome news to retiree advocates, coming off two years of minimal or no growth. Federal retirees received a...

How Many Jobs Would Your Agency Lose Under Trump's 2018 Budget?

May 23, 2017 President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request unveiled Tuesday would make good on the administration's promise to reduce the size of the federal workforce, creating a "lean, accountable, more efficient government that works for the American people." The broad outline of the budget released in March did not include much detail...

Thrift Savings Plan G Fund Investments Suspended As Debt Ceiling Is Reached

March 17, 2017 The federal employee Thrift Savings Plan has officially suspended investments into its government securities (G) fund to help keep the United States from defaulting on its debts until Congress raises the debt ceiling. The debt limit had been statutorily suspended through Wednesday. “Beginning on Thursday, March 16, 2017, the outstanding...

How Much Would Your Agency Lose (or Gain) Under Trump's Budget?

March 16, 2017 President Trump's so-called "skinny" budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 puts just about all non-defense agencies on a strict diet. There is still, however, some variation in the severity. The Environmental Protection Agency fared even worse than anticipated, with a proposed reduction of $2.6 billion, or 31 percent over enacted fiscal...

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Limits on Federal Employee Job Searches?

March 8, 2017 More than a quarter of federal employees are at least considering leaving their jobs with the recent change in presidential administrations, according to a GovExec.com/Government Business Council poll conducted in January. That doesn’t even account for employees who might be looking for a change of pace regardless of who is...