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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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Anti-Census Sentiment

June 21, 2010 It's no secret that census takers are in a dangerous line of work. But you may be surprised at just how risky their jobs have gotten as they go door-to-door trying to reach some of the more elusive households. The Washington Post reports there have been 379 assaults or threats...

TSP seeks to administer death benefits more efficiently

June 18, 2010 The board that manages the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement plan on Friday proposed a regulation to speed the processing of death benefits, reduce errors and prevent fraud. The draft rule, published in the Federal Register, would require Thrift Savings Plan participants to include details such as account numbers, Social Security...

Feds get time off to care for domestic partners, but not pets

June 14, 2010 Federal employees can now officially take leave to care for ill domestic partners. In a final rule published in the Federal Register on Monday, the Office of Personnel Management clarified that partners of the same and the opposite sex count as family members for the purposes of sick leave, funeral...

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...

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