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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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Retirement Funds Return to the Red in August

September 3, 2013 All but one of the retirement funds in the federal Thrift Savings Plan closed August in the red, ending a short-lived rebound in July. The lone exception was the government securities (G) fund, which gained 0.18 percent last month. The fund -- one of the most stable TSP offerings -- ...

Pentagon To Provide Same-Sex Benefits Starting Next Month

August 14, 2013 Same-sex spouses of military members will have access to the same benefits as other spouses no later than Sept. 3, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Benefits such as health insurance through TRICARE, the basic housing allowance and the family separation allowance will be retroactive to June 26, the date the ...

Military Same-Sex Spouses Will Get Benefits by Sept. 3

August 14, 2013 Same-sex spouses of military members will have access to the same benefits as other spouses no later than Sept. 3, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Benefits such as health insurance through TRICARE, the basic housing allowance and the family separation allowance will be retroactive to June 26, the date the ...

EEOC Avoids Second Round of Furloughs

July 12, 2013 Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will not face a second round of furlough days this fiscal year, the agency announced on Thursday. EEOC has already required workers to take five days of unpaid leave due to budget cuts under sequestration; its chief financial officer concluded an additional three ...

Retirement Backlog Shrinks Slightly, But Claims Processing Slows

July 5, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the federal retirement claims backlog in June, though it completed fewer claims than expected and the backlog remains higher than anticipated. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 25,542, a reduction of 2.5 percent, or 668 claims, compared with ...

Furlough Check-in: Tell Us How It’s Going So Far

June 6, 2013 For many federal employees, the much-dreaded furloughs of fiscal 2013 are under way. It’s still a little early, but we’re curious how people are holding up so far. Are the days of unpaid leave already causing a financial strain? Or have you managed to find a silver lining in having ...

Defense Notifies Congress of Potential Widespread Civilian Furloughs

February 20, 2013 .timerheadline { font: normal normal bold 18px Helvetica, serif; color:#1e6ca9; } Time Until Sequester: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday informed employees that he had formally notified Congress that the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to take effect on March 1 could lead to widespread furloughs for the Pentagon’s civilian workforce. ...

Sequestration Could Mean 14-Day Furloughs, RIFs at Homeland Security

February 13, 2013 The across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 would force the Homeland Security Department to furlough law enforcement personnel for up to 14 days, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House lawmaker Wednesday. Sequestration could also result in reductions in force at the department, she wrote in a ...

White House: Sequestration Would Mean Hundreds of Thousands of Furloughs

February 8, 2013 The White House on Friday put out a fact sheet reiterating that the across-the-board spending cuts slated to take effect on March 1 would result in widespread furloughs of federal employees who provide critical government services from tax collection to law enforcement. Because the sequester would occur later in the ...

Postal Service plans to end Saturday delivery this summer

February 6, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer, according to multiple news outlets. The change would take effect on Aug. 1, The Washington Post reported. The agency would continue to deliver packages on Saturdays, and post offices would be open, though some may have reduced hours. ...