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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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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 ...

The Percentage of Veterans Working for the Government Reaches a 20-Year High

October 30, 2013 The federal government hired a higher percentage of veterans in fiscal 2012 than it has in the past two decades, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Agencies collectively hired about 195,000 employees last fiscal year, of which 56,000, or 28.9 percent, were veterans, OPM said in its annual report ...

Veterans Hiring Reaches 20-Year High in 2012

October 30, 2013 The federal government hired a higher percentage of veterans in fiscal 2012 than it has in the past two decades, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Agencies collectively hired about 195,000 employees last fiscal year, of which 56,000, or 28.9 percent, were veterans, OPM said in its annual report ...

White House Reminded of Pledge to Find a Presidential Rank Award Alternative

September 19, 2013 A professional association representing top federal managers on Thursday reminded the White House that it has pledged to find a non-monetary alternative to a program rewarding high-ranking federal employees who go above and beyond in their jobs. Specifically, the Obama administration should grant executives who would have earned the Presidential ...

Obama Nominates Consulting Executive to Fill Management Chief Void

September 11, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday evening announced he has picked an executive at a top private-sector consulting firm to serve as his management chief. Obama said he will nominate Beth Cobert, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co., to be deputy director for management at the ...