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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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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 ...

Rumsfeld's Rules on Reorganization

June 2, 2011 By Charles S. Clark Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has waded into the debate on reorganizing the federal government for the Information Age. In a speech Wednesday to the moderately conservative Ripon Society, Rumsfeld said, "Our government is still basically functioning in the structure that dates back to the Truman ...

Power Expected Back by Midnight at GSA, Other Agencies

June 1, 2011 By Joseph Marks Washington's main electric utility provider expects to have power restored by midnight to three federal buildings and numerous homes near First Street in Northeast Washington, the company said Wednesday afternoon. The outage shut off power throughout Wednesday at the General Services Administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ...

Lights Still Out at GSA

June 1, 2011 By Joseph Marks The lights were still out at the General Services Administration and two other federal buildings Wednesday afternoon and Pepco, Washington's main electricity provider, didn't have a firm answer on when power would be restored. In the meantime, employees are teleworking or on administrative leave, spokespeople said. The ...

Military extends health care coverage for adult children

January 14, 2011 The military's health care program is taking advantage of a fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Act provision allowing it to extend coverage for adult children. The TRICARE Young Adult Program will give unmarried dependents without their own employer-based insurance the option of buying month-to-month health coverage until age 26, the Defense ...

Proposal continues crackdown on recruitment and other bonuses

January 7, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday proposed rules aimed at helping federal agencies better control costs of incentive payments to recruit, relocate and retain talented employees. Under the draft regulations, agencies would be required to annually review recruitment bonuses for hard-to-fill categories of jobs to ensure the payments were ...

Obama issues order implementing pay freeze

December 22, 2010 President Obama on Wednesday evening issued an executive order making official the two-year pay freeze he proposed in late November and Congress approved Tuesday night. The freeze will apply to all civilian employees, including those at the Defense Department and at agencies with alternative pay systems. Senior executives will not ...

Short-term spending measure advances pay freeze proposal

December 21, 2010 Language freezing civilian federal employees' pay for two years has made it into a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through March 4, 2011. In keeping with President Obama's Nov. 29 proposal, a provision in the continuing resolution the House and Senate passed on Tuesday would hold civil ...