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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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Federal Retirees to Receive a 0.3 Percent Cost-of-Living Bump in 2017

October 18, 2016 Federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 0.3 percent next year, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday. The small increase is an improvement over this year, when retirees did not receive any boost. But it was disappointing to federal retiree advocates, who noted...

September Sees Very Small Gains for Federal Retirement Investments

October 3, 2016 September was another slow month for the funds in the 401(k)-style federal employee retirement savings program. The international stocks in the Thrift Savings Plan’s I Fund boasted the best performance last month, but still had very modest growth of 1.24 percent. The I Fund was up 2.8 percent for the...

Senior Executives Group Names New President After Nearly 1-Year Gap

September 20, 2016 The professional organization representing senior executives in government on Tuesday announced that it has named a former Energy Department official as its new president, after almost a year under interim leadership. In addition to serving at Energy for more than 20 years, Bill Valdez was a senior adviser in the...

D.C.-Area Feds One Step Closer to Having Uber Covered Under Transit Benefits

September 15, 2016 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow federal employees in the capital region to apply their transit benefits toward ride-sharing services such as Uber. The bill (H.R. 6008), sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would require agencies to offer employees using ride-sharing networks...

TSP Eases Rules for Hardship Withdrawals for Victims of Louisiana Floods

September 2, 2016 The federal employee Thrift Savings Plan on Friday announced that it will ease the process of making financial hardship withdrawals from retirement savings for victims of the recent storms in Louisiana. Federal employees and military members who live or are employed in the disaster area and have experienced a loss...

TSP Funds Bounce Back in July

August 1, 2016 All of the funds in the federal employee retirement savings program ended July in the black, following a mixed performance in June. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, invested in small and midsized companies, had the highest growth for July, gaining 5.4 percent. It was up 8.26 percent for the...

Petition Asks Obama to ‘Do What Is Right’ and Grant a Bigger 2017 Pay Raise

July 14, 2016 So far federal employees have been letting lawmakers and advocacy groups do their bidding when it comes to demanding a higher pay raise in 2017. On Wednesday, however, an individual joined the chorus asking for a pay hike more than triple President Obama’s proposed 1.6 percent boost by filing a...

TSP Funds Continue Their Growth Streak

June 1, 2016 All of the funds in the federal employee retirement program continued to grow in May, albeit at a relatively modest rate. The small and midsize companies represented in the Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund increased the most in May, ending the month up 1.81 percent. They were up 2.85 percent...

Senator: Address the Obamacare Exception for Hill Staffers, Or I’ll Keep Blocking OPM Nominee

May 12, 2016 A Republican senator on Wednesday dug in his heels further in opposition to confirming Beth Cobert as director of the Office of Personnel Management, reiterating his criticisms of OPM’s role in allowing congressional offices to sidestep an Obamacare provision that requires lawmakers and their staffs to obtain their health insurance...

OPM Risks Paying Workers’ Comp for Employees Who Are No Longer Injured

May 11, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management may inadvertently be paying workers’ compensation to employees who no longer qualify for the benefit, the agency’s watchdog concluded in a new report. “OPM’s long-term [Federal Employees Compensation Act] cases may be vulnerable to possible fraudulent payments,” the inspector general’s report stated. “During our evaluation,...

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