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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 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...

Obama Orders Agencies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Significantly

March 19, 2015 President Obama on Thursday directed federal agencies to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, and to further decrease their dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Obama’s executive order gives agencies 10 years to cut their emissions by 40 percent over 2008 levels. It also directs them to...

Lawmaker Renews Battle Against Porn-Watching on Federal Computers

February 12, 2015 A North Carolina Republican is making another attempt to advance a bill he has said should not be necessary in the first place: the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act. The measure, reintroduced by Rep. Mark Meadows on Wednesday, would ban federal workers from accessing pornographic and other explicit material on...

Retirement Claims Backlog Nearly Doubles in January

February 5, 2015 The backlog of federal retirement claims waiting to be processed jumped up in January, as anticipated, according to figures published Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 22,636, the highest it’s been since last February. That’s almost double the 11,669 pending applications...

Obama's Budget Adds 34K Federal Jobs. Would Any Be At Your Agency?

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request may come as good news to agency hiring managers, many of whom have watched their workforce shrink in recent years. The president’s proposal would add roughly 34,500 full-time civilian jobs governmentwide, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2015 employment levels. The numbers do not...

Petition for an Extra Day Off at Christmas Falls Just Short of Demanding a Response

November 20, 2014 Tens of thousands of federal employees signed an online petition asking President Obama to give civil servants a four-day weekend around the Christmas holiday this year, but ultimately the document fell just short of receiving the 100,000 signatures needed to prompt a White House response. Employees had until Wednesday to...

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