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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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Transfer of technical jobs will test Army’s workforce planning

August 14, 2008 The transfer of thousands of scientific, engineering and contracting jobs from New Jersey to Maryland in 2011 will present the Army with massive workforce challenges, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The Army will have to hire about 3,700 civilians to replace employees who retire or ...

Legislation aims to promote diversity in senior ranks

October 4, 2007 Lawmakers on Thursday introduced a measure aimed at developing a more diverse cadre of senior federal executives. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., in the House and Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, in the Senate, would create a federal office to oversee diversity within the Senior Executive Service. It ...

President recognizes hundreds of top-performing executives

October 2, 2007 More than 300 career federal executives have been selected as recipients of a prestigious presidential award recognizing stellar leadership and long-term accomplishments. The 333 executives and senior professionals selected for the 2007 Presidential Rank Awards came from 31 different agencies. They will receive sizable bonuses in honor of their achievements. ...

TSP board backs budget hike for tech upgrade

September 17, 2007 The board overseeing the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan on Monday backed a 24 percent increase in the 401(k)-style program's budget for fiscal 2008, largely to support a massive modernization of systems for processing transactions. Board members approved a budget of $108.4 million for the fiscal year that starts Oct. ...

Employees in U.S. Virgin Islands to get cost-of-living bump

August 17, 2007 Federal employees in the U.S. Virgin Islands will get a cost-of-living payment increase of 2 percentage points come September, according to an announcement Friday by the Office of Personnel Management. Living adjustments for Virgin Islands employees will rise to 25 percent of base pay from 23 percent, effective Sept. 17, ...

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 ...