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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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GSA suspends hiring, drastically scales back executive bonuses

July 17, 2012 This story has been updated. The General Services Administration has decided to temporarily freeze hiring and significantly cut bonuses for senior officials as it continues a review of its operations, the agency’s acting leader announced Tuesday. The first three months of the review, prompted by revelations of extravagant spending during ...

Timeline: Obama’s efforts to tame the bureaucracy

July 10, 2012 During the 2008 presidential campaigns, critics were quick to point out Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience leading large organizations. Three years into his term, some say the president has indeed faced a steep learning curve, as senior correspondent Charles S. Clark reported in the July issue of ...

House considers yet another pay freeze measure

June 7, 2012 House lawmakers are making sure they have all their bases covered in their efforts to freeze federal employees’ salaries for another year. The chamber on Wednesday began debating the fiscal 2013 Homeland Security spending bill, which does not provide funding for President Obama’s proposed 0.5 percent civilian pay hike. The ...

Pricey awards program paraded as new example of GSA excess

April 6, 2012 This story has been updated. In addition to its over-the-top 2010 Las Vegas conference, the General Services Administration ran a “Hats Off Store” awards program that doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in iPods, digital cameras and other expensive gifts to Public Buildings Service employees, according to an audit ...

Obama establishes center to strengthen trade enforcement

February 28, 2012 President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order establishing a center to coordinate federal trade law enforcement efforts. The Interagency Trade Enforcement Center will work with the Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury departments, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to ensure U.S. ...

NASA employee wins cost-cutting competition

November 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A NASA employee who suggested building a lending library to avoid repeat purchases of specialized tools and equipment is the winner of the Obama administration's annual cost-cutting contest, the Office of Management and Budget announced late Thursday. Matthew Ritsko, a financial manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, ...

NASA employee wins cost-cutting competition

November 18, 2011 A NASA employee who suggested building a lending library to avoid repeat purchases of specialized tools and equipment is the winner of the Obama administration's annual cost-cutting contest, the Office of Management and Budget announced late Thursday. Matthew Ritsko, a financial manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, ...

Printing office joins list of agencies looking to downsize

June 7, 2011 The Government Printing Office on Tuesday joined the fast-expanding list of federal agencies looking at buyouts in response to budget pressures. GPO announced it plans to ask lawmakers and the Office of Personnel Management for permission to offer buyouts and early outs to its 2,200 employees, with the goal of ...

Feds, Count Your Blessings

June 6, 2011 By Charles S. Clark The fiery editorial page of The Wall Street Journal this morning went after federal employees for resisting Republican proposals that they "share more equitably in the cost of their retirement." While granting that federal pensions are not as generous as those of state and municipal counterparts, ...

Colorful Stereotypes

June 3, 2011 By Charles S. Clark Daniel Gordon, President Obama's administrator for federal procurement policy, believes industry contractors and federal acquisition officials have distorted images of one another. Speaking Thursday night at a reception dedicating the Nash & Cibinic Center for Excellence in Government at the Public Contracting Institute, Gordon said his ...