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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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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 ...

OPM finalizes rule tying bonuses to performance

January 11, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday issued final rules aimed at ensuring agencies link cash awards directly to job performance. The regulations remained largely unchanged from a draft version floated last summer, despite a number of comments expressing concern that bonuses could be influenced by bias or favoritism. Other ...

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 ...