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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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House Oversight Leaders Push Trump to Name OPM Chief Quickly

February 7, 2017 A bipartisan group of House oversight leaders is urging President Trump to move quickly in nominating a permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management. The personnel agency needs a “strong and capable” leader fast, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member Elijah...

Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Name a Single Trump Cabinet Pick

January 10, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump might be a celebrity, but a new survey indicates that his picks for Cabinet and other high-level positions have a long way to go toward achieving widespread name-recognition. Just over one-third of Americans (34 percent) surveyed by the Pew Research Center last week were able to name...

Federal Employee Retirement Funds Finish 2016 Strong

January 3, 2017 All of the funds in the federal employee retirement savings plan ended 2016 in the black, with some boasting double digit growth for the year. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, gained 1.81 percent in December and was up 16.35 percent in 2016. That...

Open Season for Dental and Vision Benefits Is Extended Until Wednesday

December 13, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management has extended the open season for making changes to dental and vision insurance benefits by two days. Federal workers now have until midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to enroll in, change or cancel their dental and vision benefits, OPM announced. The original cutoff was Monday...

Federal Employees in Two Cities in Line for Bigger Pay Raises

October 28, 2016 The Federal Salary Council on Friday voted to give two new regions their own locality pay rates starting in 2018, amounting to a pay increase for federal workers in those areas. San Antonio, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., would receive their own locality designations under the newly approved plan, rather than...

How’s Work-Life Balance at Your Agency? Uncle Sam Wants to Know

October 26, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management early next year will administer its first survey on how federal employees across government feel about their work-life balance. The survey -- announced Tuesday -- comes in response to a June 2014 memorandum from President Obama directing agencies to maximize use of telework and other...

Federal Retirees to Receive a 0.3 Percent Cost-of-Living Bump in 2017

October 18, 2016 Federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 0.3 percent next year, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday. The small increase is an improvement over this year, when retirees did not receive any boost. But it was disappointing to federal retiree advocates, who noted...

September Sees Very Small Gains for Federal Retirement Investments

October 3, 2016 September was another slow month for the funds in the 401(k)-style federal employee retirement savings program. The international stocks in the Thrift Savings Plan’s I Fund boasted the best performance last month, but still had very modest growth of 1.24 percent. The I Fund was up 2.8 percent for the...

Senior Executives Group Names New President After Nearly 1-Year Gap

September 20, 2016 The professional organization representing senior executives in government on Tuesday announced that it has named a former Energy Department official as its new president, after almost a year under interim leadership. In addition to serving at Energy for more than 20 years, Bill Valdez was a senior adviser in the...

D.C.-Area Feds One Step Closer to Having Uber Covered Under Transit Benefits

September 15, 2016 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow federal employees in the capital region to apply their transit benefits toward ride-sharing services such as Uber. The bill (H.R. 6008), sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would require agencies to offer employees using ride-sharing networks...

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