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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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International fund outperforms other TSP options for 2006

January 4, 2007 Of the five basic funds in the Thrift Savings Plan, the one investing in international stocks posted the strongest returns for both last month and the whole of 2006. The international (I) fund earned 3.11 percent for December, and 26.32 percent for the year. The four remaining basic options in ...

Survey signals low morale among DHS agriculture specialists

December 14, 2006 Answers to open-ended questions on a fall survey suggest "morale issues" among agriculture specialists at the Homeland Security Department, according to an analysis released Thursday. Government Accountability Office officials said a question on what changes the specialists would like to see at work prompted 185 pages worth of responses -- ...

OPM takes late enrollments for dental, vision insurance

December 11, 2006 The Office of Personnel Management is accepting late enrollments from people who experienced technical difficulties when they tried to sign up for new federal dental and vision insurance. Open season to enroll in the new Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program ended Monday, but the program's Web site, Benefeds.com, ...

Cost of running TSP lower than anticipated

September 18, 2006 The administrators of the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal employees are on track to end this fiscal year with leftover funds, despite growth in the plan and costs associated with Hurricane Katrina. The Thrift Savings Plan had a budget of $89.4 million for fiscal 2006; officials expect to have ...

House again votes to end prison firm's procurement preference

September 14, 2006 The House voted Wednesday to approve legislation that would end the status of Federal Prison Industries as a mandatory supplier of goods to federal agencies. House members approved the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act (H.R. 2965) on a 362-57 vote. FPI, which operates under the trade name UNICOR, ...

OPM finalizes rule on direct hiring for acquisition workers

September 12, 2006 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday published the final version of a rule allowing civilian agencies to bypass standard civil service rules when hiring for hard-to-fill acquisition jobs. The rule is unchanged from a draft version issued in August 2005 that prompted 10 public comments. It does not apply ...

TSP officials weigh automatic enrollment of employees

August 21, 2006 Thrift Savings Plan officials are reviewing recently enacted pension overhaul legislation to determine if they should seek to implement some of its features that apply to the private sector but not the federal plan -- including policies on automatic enrollment. The reform measure, signed by President Bush late last week, ...

New rule eases barriers to employing the disabled

July 26, 2006 The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday released the final version of a regulation aimed at making it easier for federal agencies to hire people with disabilities. The rule expands the types of proof that prospective employees can offer to show they have a disability qualifying them for excepted service ...

EEOC extends customer service center pilot project

July 13, 2006 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday agreed to extend a two-year test run of a contractor-operated customer service center for another year, but commissioners expressed reservations about the project's success so far. House lawmakers had requested that the EEOC vote on the extension and postpone considering whether to make ...

IRS headquarters to remain shut for months

July 11, 2006 The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that repairs to its Washington headquarters, damaged by flooding late last month, may not be complete until January. Some of the 2,400 employees who work in the building, located at 1111 Constitution Ave. N.W. in downtown Washington, may be able to return in the ...