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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Senator moves to bar new job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

September 18, 2003 During a Wednesday debate over the Interior appropriations bill, the Senate minority whip proposed language that would prevent the Interior Department and Forest Service from putting more federal jobs up for competition. The amendment, offered by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., would block Interior and the Forest Service (which is part...

Senator pushes temporary extension of FAA authorization

September 16, 2003 Legislation introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would extend airport construction and security funding for half a year, allowing lawmakers time to rethink a compromise version of the 2003 Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that leaves some air traffic controllers vulnerable to job competitions. Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced the...

OMB mulls scrapping Senate confirmation for chief financial officers

September 15, 2003 As part of an effort to streamline the presidential appointments process, the Bush administration is rethinking whether the Senate needs to confirm nominees for agency chief financial officer positions, an Office of Management and Budget official said last week. Of roughly 3,000 political appointments in the federal government, about 500...

Seven agencies lauded for exceptional performance reports

September 12, 2003 The Association of Government Accountants on Friday recognized seven federal agencies for presenting clear, concise performance reports describing finances and progress toward strategic goals. AGA, a 16,000-member professional group, praised award recipients for publishing exceptional fiscal 2002 Performance and Accountability Reports-summaries of financial health and program results mandated by the...

Immigration services job competition moves forward

September 11, 2003 Recent protests by lawmakers and an array of interest groups have not changed the Homeland Security Department's plans to put immigration services jobs up for competition within the next 10 months, according to a department spokesman. "A decision has been made, and we are moving forward," said Russ Knocke, a...

House e-government provision falls $44M short of Bush request

September 10, 2003 The 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill passed by the House Tuesday night allots $1 million to an interagency fund supporting electronic government projects-an amount well below that requested by President Bush and authorized in previous legislation. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved $5 million for the interagency fund, the same...

House rejects OMB’s job competition revisions

September 10, 2003 The House on Tuesday night passed an $89.3 billion budget bill that includes language unraveling the Office of Management and Budget's latest revisions to rules on public-private job competitions. Following a floor debate, lawmakers approved an amendment to the 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill (H.R. 2989) that would discard OMB's May...

Contractors could ease 'human capital crisis,' report says

September 9, 2003 When federal agencies have trouble finding qualified applicants to fill job openings, they should consider outsourcing the work, according to a new report from a libertarian think tank. Agencies should concentrate on retaining in-house experts capable of overseeing contracts and tackling substantive mission-related projects, the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think...

EEOC official says agency should review salaries, rent to save money

September 8, 2003 In the face of persistent budget shortfalls, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission should reexamine employees' salaries and office rent expenses to save money, an agency official said Monday. Salaries and rent eat up approximately 80 percent of the EEOC's budget, Jeffrey Smith, the agency's chief financial officer, told commissioners at...

Fewer employees at Energy Department to undergo lie-detector tests

September 5, 2003 The Energy Department has decided to significantly reduce its reliance on polygraph tests, based on recent scientific studies questioning their validity, a department official announced Thursday. Current policy requires employees for approximately 20,000 Energy Department positions to periodically undergo lie-detector tests, Kyle McSlarrow, deputy secretary of Energy, testified at a...

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