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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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Which Agencies Log the Most Hours of ‘Official Time’ Spent on Union Business?

October 9, 2014 The amount of time federal employees spent conducting union business on the taxpayers’ dime crept up in fiscal 2012, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Governmentwide use of “official time” increased from 3.39 million hours in fiscal 2011 to 3.43 million hours in fiscal 2012, ...

The Federal Jobs Picture Isn't Nearly as Rosy as the Overall Jobs Picture

October 3, 2014 As the overall jobs outlook improved in September, employment at federal agencies remained stagnant. Federal agencies lost roughly 2,000 jobs last month, with the total number of federal workers remaining close to 2.7 million, according to monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. Employment at the financially-strapped ...

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump

October 1, 2014 Funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan ended September mostly in the red, coming off of a much stronger August. The government securities (G) fund was the only TSP offering that posted gains in September, albeit very modest growth of 0.18 percent. The G Fund – one of the ...

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a Slump in July

August 1, 2014 The federal employee retirement savings plan ended July on a down note, with all but one of its funds in the red for the month. The losses follow a month of solid growth in June. The generally stable government securities (G) offering was the only fund that came out ahead ...

Now It's Official: Furloughs Frustrate Defense Department Personnel

June 19, 2014 Furloughs at the Defense Department last summer damaged the morale not only of the civilians who were sent home without pay, but members of the military, officials at three Defense sites told congressional auditors. In addition to resulting in a roughly 20 percent reduction in weekly pay for six weeks, ...

Yes, Defense Furloughs Hurt Morale and Employee Retention

June 17, 2014 Furloughs at the Defense Department last summer damaged the morale not only of the civilians who were sent home without pay, but members of the military, officials at three Defense sites told congressional auditors. In addition to resulting in a roughly 20 percent reduction in weekly pay for six weeks, ...

Obama Touts OMB and HUD Nominees as ‘Proven' Leaders, Managers

May 23, 2014 The White House on Friday officially announced the nominations of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to take over as Office of Management and Budget director and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead HUD. News of the likely nominations broke last weekend. President Obama praised Donovan for his ...

Agencies Get Tougher on Misbehaving Contractors

May 22, 2014 Federal agencies are strengthening programs to find and punish unethical contractors, and the efforts may have paid off in increased suspension and debarment activity, according to a new watchdog report. Governmentwide suspensions and debarments have increased from 1,836 in fiscal 2009 to 4,812 in fiscal 2013, the Government Accountability Office ...

OPM Slowly Makes Up Lost Ground on the Retirement Claims Backlog

May 5, 2014 The backlog of federal retirement claims waiting to be processed fell slightly in April for the second month in a row, but it still remains higher than it was at the end of 2013, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM processed 10,002 applications last ...

Budget Officials: Across-the-Board Cuts Are the ‘Lazy’ Way Out

November 20, 2013 Federal budget officials are turning against across-the-board spending cuts in favor of a more refined approach, a new survey finds. Only 8 percent of respondents to a 2013 survey of federal budget professionals conducted by the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis and Grant Thornton said they would prefer ...