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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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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 ...

TSP boosts participation of young, lower-paid employees

March 19, 2007 Younger civilian workers and those at the lower end of the pay scale are participating in the government's 401(k)-style retirement savings plan at increasing rates, according to newly compiled demographic data. This is good news because these tend to be the groups where it is hardest to boost participation, said ...

TSP activity increases following stock market plunge

February 28, 2007 Investors in the government's 401(k)-style retirement savings plan showed some signs of shaky nerves after the steep drop in the Dow Jones industrial average Tuesday. The Thrift Savings Plan Web site experienced increased traffic as participants checked their accounts, and the number of transfers among funds processed Tuesday night reached ...

Hispanic representation in government rises -- barely

February 15, 2007 The percentage of Hispanics in federal jobs continues to rise slowly, but the number hired took a step backward last year, according to figures released Thursday. As of June 2006, Hispanics made up 7.5 percent of 1.7 million federal workers, up just slightly from 7.4 percent at the same time ...

Budget slates education, health programs for hefty cutbacks

February 9, 2007 Education and health programs were top targets for termination or steep cuts in President Bush's fiscal 2008 budget, according to details unveiled this week. Of 141 discretionary programs Bush recommended ending or scaling back significantly to save about $12 billion, 46 are run by the Education Department and 19 by ...

Transportation, security technology, food safety join high-risk list

January 31, 2007 Postal reform and single-family mortgage insurance and rental housing assistance programs have moved off a list of "high-risk" areas needing management improvements, the Government Accountability Office announced Wednesday. To get programs off the list, agencies must have a strategy to address problems and demonstrate progress on implementing it, said Comptroller ...