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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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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 ...

Lawmakers renew attempt to block private tax debt collection

January 25, 2007 Efforts to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from using private debt collectors are gaining momentum in the new Congress, with the introduction of legislation Wednesday in the House and last week in the Senate. The House bill (H.R. 695), offered by Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Steve Rothman, D-N.J., ...

Union asks court to block federal internship program

January 24, 2007 Agencies are using a federal internship program in a way that undermines competitive hiring procedures in the government, a large federal employee union charged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Office of Personnel Management has not placed enough limits on agencies' use of the Federal Career Intern Program, the National ...

House members urge pay parity, larger 2008 raise

January 22, 2007 Ten House members from the Washington area on Monday kicked off discussions over the 2008 federal pay raise by sending President Bush a letter calling for civilian-military parity. The lawmakers asked Bush to incorporate the principle of pay parity in his fiscal 2008 budget request, scheduled to be released Feb. ...

Ruling upholds results of DHS union election

January 18, 2007 A Federal Labor Relations Authority office on Wednesday rejected allegations of procedural flaws and bias in an election to determine union representation for about 20,000 Homeland Security Department employees. The FLRA's Washington, D.C., regional office found that the American Federation of Government Employees did not present substantial enough evidence to ...