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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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Deadline for burning accumulated comp time is fast approaching

March 31, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday reminded agencies that the clock is ticking on a three-year grace period for a rule that bars federal employees from stockpiling compensatory time off. Employees have until May 22 to use up comp time they accumulated in lieu of overtime pay before the ...

Bill with 2 percent pay raise awaits Obama’s signature

December 13, 2009 The Senate on Sunday passed a catchall spending bill that includes a 2 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees in 2010. That figure is in keeping with President Obama's request, but contrary to his Nov. 30 proposal to freeze locality pay, a portion of the raise would vary depending ...

Administration calls language gutting Pentagon pay system ‘premature’

June 24, 2009 The Obama administration on Wednesday said it opposes a legislative provision that would force the Pentagon either to demonstrate that its pay-for-performance system could be reformed or to prepare to dismantle it within one year. In a statement of administration policy, the White House said the language, passed by the ...

OMB is working on how to collect efficiency advice from feds

April 30, 2009 The Obama administration still is hammering out a method of collecting federal employees' recommendations on making government more efficient, an Office of Management and Budget spokesman said on Wednesday. "We are developing the process and will unveil it shortly," said OMB spokesman Kenneth Baer. The president during his weekly radio ...

Obama asks rank and file feds for cost-cutting tips

April 25, 2009 Capping off a week that began with discussions of fiscal responsibility, President Obama on Saturday devoted his weekly radio address to government reform, calling for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to making federal operations more efficient. The administration would like to hear from employees at all levels, Obama said. "We'll look for ...

Retirement reform bill clears the House

April 1, 2009 The House on Wednesday approved a retirement reform measure that includes language ensuring sick leave is treated similarly in both federal retirement systems. The bill (H.R. 1804) would give workers in the newer Federal Employees Retirement System credit for their unused sick leave when they retire, putting them on par ...

Agencies to reap billions of dollars from stimulus package

February 17, 2009 In reaching a deal on the economic stimulus package, congressional negotiators chopped some funds that appeared headed for federal agencies. Funding to replace gas-guzzling federal vehicles with more energy-efficient alternative fuel and plug-in models, for instance, dropped from $600 million in the House version to the Senate-approved level of $300 ...

Senate stimulus bill also contains windfall for federal agencies

January 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate appears to be following in the House's footsteps by allotting billions of dollars to federal agencies in its version of the economic stimulus bill. Some of the money would go to grant programs run by those agencies, while other funds would contribute directly to improving facilities and operations. ...

Senate stimulus bill also contains windfall for federal agencies

January 26, 2009 The Senate appears to be following in the House's footsteps by allotting billions of dollars to federal agencies in its version of the economic stimulus bill. Some of the money would go to grant programs run by those agencies, while other funds would contribute directly to improving facilities and operations. ...

Agencies close in on goals for faster security clearance processing

December 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies stand a good chance of meeting or even exceeding the next round of goals for speedier security clearance processing set in a 2004 intelligence reform law, according to the Office of Management and Budget. During the last quarter of fiscal 2008 -- which ended on Sept. 30 -- agencies ...