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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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June a slow month for TSP investments

July 3, 2007 None of the five basic funds in the Thrift Savings Plan fared well in June, with three posting losses and the others making minimal gains. The reliable government securities (G) fund performed the best, but increased just 0.42 percent. Its gains over the previous year remained lower than those for ...

Obama unveils reform proposals

June 22, 2007 Placing himself in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt's progressive reforms, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama pledged Friday to free government from undue political and financial influence. "We need a president who sees government not as a tool to enrich well-connected friends and high-priced lobbyists, but as the defender of fairness ...

GSA announces new purchase card providers

June 7, 2007 The General Services Administration on Thursday announced awards to all four companies that bid for spots in a program to provide credit card services to federal agencies. The contracts for GSA's SmartPay2 program to supply purchase, travel, fleet and integrated charge card services went to Citibank, GE Capital Financial, JPMorgan ...

TSP board collects input on potential plan changes

May 22, 2007 The executive director of the Thrift Savings Plan is seeking feedback from federal employees and agencies on potential changes to the 401(k)-style program, including automatic enrollment of new employees and the addition of a Roth option. At a monthly TSP board meeting Tuesday, Gregory Long said he is in the ...

Labor panel rejects challenge to DHS union election

May 18, 2007 A labor relations board on Thursday issued a decision allowing the certification of the National Treasury Employees Union as the sole representative of about 21,000 Homeland Security Department employees. The full Federal Labor Relations Authority rejected a petition to review a regional office's decision that upheld the results of a ...

OMB orders measures to limit abuse of transit benefit

May 17, 2007 The Office of Management and Budget is asking federal agencies to verify by late June that they have taken basic steps to protect against employee abuse of public transit benefits. Agencies must, for instance, check applications for the subsidy against parking benefits records. Last month, the Government Accountability Office revealed ...

EEOC office move is part of effort to control costs

May 3, 2007 A controversial Equal Employment Opportunity Commission plan to relocate its Washington headquarters is part of a broader effort to free up resources to tackle growing backlogs of employment discrimination complaints, the agency's chair told lawmakers Thursday. EEOC faced an inventory of nearly 40,000 private sector charges at the end of ...

Agencies’ grades fall on e-gov section of OMB score card

May 1, 2007 Several federal agencies saw a drop last quarter in their grades on the e-government portion of the Bush administration's traffic-light-style management score card. Four agencies lost ground in e-government on the latest score card, with one -- the Smithsonian Institution -- moving down two notches from a green light for ...

Bush sidesteps Congress to appoint labor relations, regulatory nominees

April 5, 2007 President Bush announced a series of recess appointments Wednesday, filling a Democratic slot on a board handling federal labor-management disputes and sidestepping stalled nomination proceedings to name a controversial head of regulatory policy. The reappointment of Carol Pope to the Federal Labor Relations Authority will round out the three-member panel, ...

TSP board picks insider as new director

March 20, 2007 The head of research and product development for the Thrift Savings Plan has been selected to serve as the next director of the 401(k)-style retirement savings program for federal employees. In a meeting Monday that was closed to the public, the board that oversees the TSP unanimously elected Gregory Long ...