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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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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 ...

New Congress could put the brakes on insourcing

December 16, 2010 The 112th Congress is unlikely to let the Obama administration move full-speed ahead on its initiative to bring contractor jobs back in-house, a consultant and a Republican Senate staff member said on Thursday. Jonathan Etherton, president and owner of the consultancy Etherton and Associates Inc. and a former Senate Armed ...

Obama signs telework expansion act

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at increasing telework in the federal government. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722), agencies will have 180 days to establish a policy on working outside the office, identify eligible employees and inform them of the option. The law ...

Obama signs telework expansion act

December 9, 2010 President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at increasing telework in the federal government. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722), agencies will have 180 days to establish a policy on working outside the office, identify eligible employees and inform them of the option. The law ...

Retirement funds have a volatile November

December 1, 2010 The investment options in the federal employee retirement savings plan performed unevenly in November, coming off a strong October. The Thrift Savings Plan's S Fund, which invests in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, grew the most last month, gaining 3 percent. It also ...

House sends telework bill to Obama

November 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Thursday sent President Obama a bill to boost telework at federal agencies, over objections by Republicans who said the measure would grant civil servants another costly fringe benefit and add layers of bureaucracy at a time when Americans want a smaller government. Members voted 254-152 to pass ...

House sends telework bill to Obama

November 18, 2010 The House on Thursday sent President Obama a bill to boost telework at federal agencies, over objections by Republicans who said the measure would grant civil servants another costly fringe benefit and add layers of bureaucracy at a time when Americans want a smaller government. Members voted 254-152 to pass ...

Panelists: Next Congress Will Deliver Rhetorical Markers

November 5, 2010 By Charles S. Clark Newly empowered Republicans will spend much of the next Congress laying down rhetorical markers on federal spending cuts that, while committing them to more specifics than were provided during the campaign, aren't likely to become law, panelists at a Brookings Institution post-midterm election conference said on ...