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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Pay-freeze pitches are ‘demoralizing,’ says Virginia Democrat

June 10, 2010 Proposals to freeze federal employees' pay might make good headlines in lawmakers' home districts, but they are "demoralizing" to public servants, a Virginia Democrat said on Thursday. Such proposals also make it that much harder for the government to compete against the private sector for talent, said Rep. Gerry Connolly,...

Obama picks Pentagon official as intelligence chief

June 4, 2010 President Obama is expected to name a senior Pentagon official to be the next intelligence chief, the Associated Press and other news sources reported on Friday. The president on Saturday will nominate Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the director of national intelligence, according to AP. Clapper...

Panel endorses performance-based pay for Defense intelligence employees

June 2, 2010 An independent panel has concluded that the Defense Department should move forward with its performance-based pay system for civilian intelligence employees, after making significant adjustments in implementation to address issues such as employee mistrust of the ratings process. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System is soundly designed and there is...

Personnel agency opens long-term care to same-sex partners

June 1, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday took another step toward expanding benefits for the partners of gay and lesbian federal employees by finalizing a regulation that makes them eligible for long-term care insurance. The final rule is the same as a September 2009 draft version. It broadens the definition...

Minerals Management Service chief steps down

May 27, 2010 This story has been updated to reflect new developments. The head of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service resigned on Thursday in the wake of criticism over insufficient oversight of offshore drilling. Director S. Elizabeth Birnbaum's decision to leave comes as Interior officials are under fire for failing to ensure...

Bill to ease presidential transitions heads to full Senate

May 18, 2010 Bipartisan legislation to ensure seamless presidential changeovers sailed through a key Senate oversight panel on Monday evening. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act (S. 3196) by a voice vote without amendments, advancing it to the full Senate. The measure -- introduced in...

Deadline for burning accumulated comp time is fast approaching

March 31, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday reminded agencies that the clock is ticking on a three-year grace period for a rule that bars federal employees from stockpiling compensatory time off. Employees have until May 22 to use up comp time they accumulated in lieu of overtime pay before the...

Bill with 2 percent pay raise awaits Obama’s signature

December 13, 2009 The Senate on Sunday passed a catchall spending bill that includes a 2 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees in 2010. That figure is in keeping with President Obama's request, but contrary to his Nov. 30 proposal to freeze locality pay, a portion of the raise would vary depending...

Administration calls language gutting Pentagon pay system ‘premature’

June 24, 2009 The Obama administration on Wednesday said it opposes a legislative provision that would force the Pentagon either to demonstrate that its pay-for-performance system could be reformed or to prepare to dismantle it within one year. In a statement of administration policy, the White House said the language, passed by the...

OMB is working on how to collect efficiency advice from feds

April 30, 2009 The Obama administration still is hammering out a method of collecting federal employees' recommendations on making government more efficient, an Office of Management and Budget spokesman said on Wednesday. "We are developing the process and will unveil it shortly," said OMB spokesman Kenneth Baer. The president during his weekly radio...

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