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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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TSP Has a Slow March

April 1, 2015 March was a mediocre month for the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan. None of the funds in the 401(k)-style retirement plan boasted huge returns, and two of the main offerings were in the red, along with all of the lifecycle funds. The best performer for the month was the S ...

More Women Are on Leadership Tracks in the Federal Government

March 31, 2015 Women are making progress breaking into Uncle Sam’s top leadership echelons, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. There is already a higher percentage of women in top management positions in the federal government than in the general U.S. workforce, OPM said. More than one-third (34 ...

Obama Orders Agencies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Significantly

March 19, 2015 President Obama on Thursday directed federal agencies to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, and to further decrease their dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Obama’s executive order gives agencies 10 years to cut their emissions by 40 percent over 2008 levels. It also directs them to ...

Lawmaker Renews Battle Against Porn-Watching on Federal Computers

February 12, 2015 A North Carolina Republican is making another attempt to advance a bill he has said should not be necessary in the first place: the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act. The measure, reintroduced by Rep. Mark Meadows on Wednesday, would ban federal workers from accessing pornographic and other explicit material on ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Nearly Doubles in January

February 5, 2015 The backlog of federal retirement claims waiting to be processed jumped up in January, as anticipated, according to figures published Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 22,636, the highest it’s been since last February. That’s almost double the 11,669 pending applications ...

Obama's Budget Adds 34K Federal Jobs. Would Any Be At Your Agency?

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request may come as good news to agency hiring managers, many of whom have watched their workforce shrink in recent years. The president’s proposal would add roughly 34,500 full-time civilian jobs governmentwide, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2015 employment levels. The numbers do not ...

Petition for an Extra Day Off at Christmas Falls Just Short of Demanding a Response

November 20, 2014 Tens of thousands of federal employees signed an online petition asking President Obama to give civil servants a four-day weekend around the Christmas holiday this year, but ultimately the document fell just short of receiving the 100,000 signatures needed to prompt a White House response. Employees had until Wednesday to ...

The Retirement Claims Backlog is Back Where It Was One Year Ago

November 6, 2014 The backlog of federal retirement claims grew by nearly 1,400 in October, reversing steady progress over the summer. But an Office of Personnel Management official emphasized in a statement on the latest numbers that the processing time for applications has improved. The pile of pending claims stood at 14,137 at ...

TSP Funds Rebound in October

November 3, 2014 All but one of the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan gained ground in October, reversing a decline the previous month. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, was up the most in October, growing 4.11 percent. It has increased 5.34 percent so far in 2014. ...

Federal Retirees to Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015

October 22, 2014 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday morning. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That statistic was the last piece of the puzzle ...