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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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White House threatens veto over proposed A-76 amendments

September 5, 2003 President Bush will likely veto the $90 billion 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill if the final version includes language impeding his administration's competitive sourcing initiative, the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday. When the House resumes debate over the bill (H.R. 2989) on Tuesday, Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Chris...

Bush selects career civil servant as new e-gov leader

September 3, 2003 President Bush on Wednesday announced that he plans to nominate Karen Evans, the Energy Department's chief information officer, as the federal government's technology chief. Evans would fill the spot vacated by Mark Forman on Aug. 15, when he left the Office of Management and Budget to join a startup technology...

Lawmakers, union push to keep flight mapping in government

September 2, 2003 Federal workers in charge of mapping U.S. airspace for pilots and air traffic controllers are hoping that lawmakers will add language protecting their jobs from competitive sourcing studies to the 2004 Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations bill, scheduled for markup on Sept. 3, a union representative said Tuesday. American...

OPM to issue rules on new anti-discrimination law by Oct. 1

August 28, 2003 Agencies will have ample instructions by Oct. 1 on how to comply with a law designed to hold them more accountable for discrimination in the federal workplace, an Office of Personnel Management official said Thursday. Though the Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act may take some getting used...

GAO: Army needs to demonstrate accuracy of workforce projection model

August 27, 2003 The Army has not properly demonstrated that a mathematical model used to predict future civilian workforce needs produces on-target projections, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Since 1990, the Army has used its Civilian Forecasting System (CIVFORS) to aid in strategic hiring recruitment and hiring decisions....

Budget office criticizes proposed tanker lease deal

August 27, 2003 An Air Force plan to lease 100 Boeing 767 refueling aircraft to replace its aging fleet would be more expensive than the agency has let on and would violate federal leasing guidelines, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report issued Tuesday. Air Force officials have sought congressional approval of...

EEOC scorecard to rate agencies’ anti-discrimination efforts

August 26, 2003 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will rate agencies' anti-discrimination efforts using a scorecard as part of a broader plan to hold agencies more accountable for discrimination in the federal workplace, EEOC officials announced Tuesday. Specific details of the scorecard have not yet been hammered out, but the EEOC...

Bush to nominate Homeland Security official as Navy secretary

August 25, 2003 President Bush on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Gordon England as Navy secretary, a position England held for two years until he left in January to join the new Homeland Security Department as deputy secretary. England would replace Acting Secretary Hansford Johnson. Colin McMillan, nominated by Bush in...

Council aims to combat ‘misinformation’ on job competitions

August 25, 2003 An interagency council will distribute informational pamphlets on the A-76 job competition process to agencies in September, hoping that the better the federal workforce understands the Bush administration's competitive sourcing initiative, the more likely it is to embrace it. The Federal Acquisition Council, formerly known as the Procurement Executives Council,...

GAO: Agencies still wasting space

August 22, 2003 Despite efforts to identify and eliminate underused or vacant federal facilities, the three civilian agencies owning the most government property still waste a substantial amount of space, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. As of last fall, the General Services Administration, Veterans Affairs Department and Postal...