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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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Watchdog Finds No Fresh Evidence of Time and Attendance Fraud by EPA Employees

June 22, 2015 A new audit found no further evidence of time and attendance fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency, following the case of the senior policy adviser who bilked the agency out of nearly $1 million by claiming his absences from work were due to assignments as a CIA spy. In the...

Obama Pushes Healthier Meat Options at Federal Cafeterias

June 2, 2015 The Obama administration on Tuesday asked federal agencies to encourage meat and poultry raised with fewer antibiotics in their cafeterias. The memorandum is part of a broader effort to address growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Overuse of certain antibiotics for non-medical reasons – such as promoting growth in livestock –...

Retirement Backlog Decreases, But It's Still Higher Than OPM Wants

May 5, 2015 The backlog of unprocessed federal retirement applications continued to decrease in April, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still higher than projected and higher than it was one year ago. The inventory of retirement claims stood at 18,226 at the end of...

TSP Sees Some Improvement in April

May 1, 2015 April brought slight improvement for many of the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan, though two slipped into the red. International stocks in the I Fund performed best last month, growing 4.11 percent. They gained 10.05 percent for the year so far. The government securities (G) fund and...

Obama Says Military Retirement Reforms Will Require More Study

May 1, 2015 President Obama on Thursday informed lawmakers that his administration is ready to act on 10 of 15 recommendations by a commission on military pay and benefits, but that others -- including a proposal to drastically overhaul the military retirement system – will require more study. The Military Compensation and Retirement...

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...