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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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The Retirement Claims Backlog is Back Where It Was One Year Ago

November 6, 2014 The backlog of federal retirement claims grew by nearly 1,400 in October, reversing steady progress over the summer. But an Office of Personnel Management official emphasized in a statement on the latest numbers that the processing time for applications has improved. The pile of pending claims stood at 14,137 at...

TSP Funds Rebound in October

November 3, 2014 All but one of the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan gained ground in October, reversing a decline the previous month. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, was up the most in October, growing 4.11 percent. It has increased 5.34 percent so far in 2014....

Federal Retirees to Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015

October 22, 2014 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday morning. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That statistic was the last piece of the puzzle...

Feds Send Obama an Early Christmas Wish: An Extra Day Off

October 21, 2014 Christmas is still more than two months away, but one federal employee is not leaving anything to chance when it comes to time off around the December holidays. A petition published on the White House’s We the People website Monday asks President Obama to grant federal employees an extra holiday...

Which Agencies Log the Most Hours of ‘Official Time’ Spent on Union Business?

October 9, 2014 The amount of time federal employees spent conducting union business on the taxpayers’ dime crept up in fiscal 2012, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Governmentwide use of “official time” increased from 3.39 million hours in fiscal 2011 to 3.43 million hours in fiscal 2012,...

The Federal Jobs Picture Isn't Nearly as Rosy as the Overall Jobs Picture

October 3, 2014 As the overall jobs outlook improved in September, employment at federal agencies remained stagnant. Federal agencies lost roughly 2,000 jobs last month, with the total number of federal workers remaining close to 2.7 million, according to monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. Employment at the financially-strapped...

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump

October 1, 2014 Funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan ended September mostly in the red, coming off of a much stronger August. The government securities (G) fund was the only TSP offering that posted gains in September, albeit very modest growth of 0.18 percent. The G Fund – one of the...

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a Slump in July

August 1, 2014 The federal employee retirement savings plan ended July on a down note, with all but one of its funds in the red for the month. The losses follow a month of solid growth in June. The generally stable government securities (G) offering was the only fund that came out ahead...

Now It's Official: Furloughs Frustrate Defense Department Personnel

June 19, 2014 Furloughs at the Defense Department last summer damaged the morale not only of the civilians who were sent home without pay, but members of the military, officials at three Defense sites told congressional auditors. In addition to resulting in a roughly 20 percent reduction in weekly pay for six weeks,...

Yes, Defense Furloughs Hurt Morale and Employee Retention

June 17, 2014 Furloughs at the Defense Department last summer damaged the morale not only of the civilians who were sent home without pay, but members of the military, officials at three Defense sites told congressional auditors. In addition to resulting in a roughly 20 percent reduction in weekly pay for six weeks,...

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