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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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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 ...

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 ...