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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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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. ...

Retirement funds start 2013 strong

February 1, 2013 So far 2013 has been a good year for the Thrift Savings Plan’s investment funds, with all but one posting positive returns for January. The S Fund led the pack, increasing 6.96 percent for the month. The fund – which is invested in small and midsize companies and tracks the ...

Government again fails to get its financial books in order

January 17, 2013 The government has once again failed its overall audit, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. The poor performance comes at a time when strong financial management is especially important, the watchdog agency noted. “Reliable financial and performance information is even more critical as (1) federal managers likely face increasingly tight ...

Panetta orders civilian hiring freeze, contract delays

January 10, 2013 The Pentagon will begin to take “prudent measures” in the coming weeks to prepare for a possible perfect storm of budget cuts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during a press briefing Thursday. Those precautions include a civilian hiring freeze, delaying some contract awards and trimming non-essential facilities maintenance, he said. ...

Will feds get an extra day off on Christmas Eve?

November 28, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday, Dec. 21, issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. History suggests that President Obama is likely to give federal employees a Christmas present this year: an extra day off on Dec. 24. The White House has not yet ...

TSA employees get whistleblower protections

November 27, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday signed into law a bill that expands safeguards for federal employees who report waste, fraud or abuse. The bill (S. 743), which cleared its last congressional hurdle earlier this month, grants whistleblower protections for employees who lacked them before, including Transportation ...