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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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Which Federal Offices Care the Most About Employees’ Health and Wellness?

July 22, 2015 Federal agencies are doing a better job of looking out for their employees’ health and wellness, but could do more in some areas such as encouraging healthy eating, the Office of Personnel Management said in a recently released memo. Strengths identified in an assessment of 2014 health and wellness programs...

Feds Dodge Proposed Cut to Their TSP Benefits

July 21, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees appear to have dodged one potential cut to their retirement benefits, for now. Changes in the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities (G) fund were not part of a deal senators announced Tuesday on a six-year extension of highway...

There Were 8.8M Calls the IRS Didn’t Even Try to Answer in 2015

July 16, 2015 The 2015 tax filing season went really well for taxpayers -- so long as they had no questions about their returns or were able to hire help. That was one conclusion of a mid-year report to Congress released Wednesday by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. Given its significant budgetary constraints,...

Watchdog Finds No Fresh Evidence of Time and Attendance Fraud by EPA Employees

June 22, 2015 A new audit found no further evidence of time and attendance fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency, following the case of the senior policy adviser who bilked the agency out of nearly $1 million by claiming his absences from work were due to assignments as a CIA spy. In the...

Obama Pushes Healthier Meat Options at Federal Cafeterias

June 2, 2015 The Obama administration on Tuesday asked federal agencies to encourage meat and poultry raised with fewer antibiotics in their cafeterias. The memorandum is part of a broader effort to address growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Overuse of certain antibiotics for non-medical reasons – such as promoting growth in livestock –...

Retirement Backlog Decreases, But It's Still Higher Than OPM Wants

May 5, 2015 The backlog of unprocessed federal retirement applications continued to decrease in April, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still higher than projected and higher than it was one year ago. The inventory of retirement claims stood at 18,226 at the end of...

TSP Sees Some Improvement in April

May 1, 2015 April brought slight improvement for many of the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan, though two slipped into the red. International stocks in the I Fund performed best last month, growing 4.11 percent. They gained 10.05 percent for the year so far. The government securities (G) fund and...

Obama Says Military Retirement Reforms Will Require More Study

May 1, 2015 President Obama on Thursday informed lawmakers that his administration is ready to act on 10 of 15 recommendations by a commission on military pay and benefits, but that others -- including a proposal to drastically overhaul the military retirement system – will require more study. The Military Compensation and Retirement...

TSP Has a Slow March

April 1, 2015 March was a mediocre month for the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan. None of the funds in the 401(k)-style retirement plan boasted huge returns, and two of the main offerings were in the red, along with all of the lifecycle funds. The best performer for the month was the S...

More Women Are on Leadership Tracks in the Federal Government

March 31, 2015 Women are making progress breaking into Uncle Sam’s top leadership echelons, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. There is already a higher percentage of women in top management positions in the federal government than in the general U.S. workforce, OPM said. More than one-third (34...

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