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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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Public finds government inefficient, study shows

August 8, 2003 Americans would choose their government over any other in the world, but a majority "believe Washington is too big, inefficient and wasteful," according to a study released Aug. 6 by a conservative think tank. Many citizens also mistrust the government, according to statistics compiled by Karlyn Bowman, a resident fellow...

Homeland Security to compete immigration services jobs

August 7, 2003 Homeland Security Department employees who handle benefits and other services for immigrants will have to compete for their jobs within the next 11 months, the head of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in an Aug. 1 internal e-mail to staff. In the message, which was obtained by...

E-government chief to leave OMB for private sector

August 6, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget's technology chief announced this week that he will step down on Aug. 15, ending what administration officials, industry experts and lawmakers praised as a very effective tenure. Mark Forman, administrator of OMB's Office of E-government and Information Technology, will leave to take a job...

Health agency head mistreats subcontractor, GAO finds

August 5, 2003 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will re-bid a contract to analyze results of nursing home quality surveys, following criticism from the General Accounting Office over the way the agency's administrator handled the original agreement. CMS Administrator Tom Scully improperly instructed the RAND Corp., a nonprofit public policy research...

Union pleased with wins in 2002 FAIR Act disputes

August 4, 2003 The American Federation of Government Employees has met with unprecedented success this year at challenging agency decisions to open certain jobs to private sector competition, a policy analyst with the union said last week. On July 17, the Commerce Department sided with AFGE in a dispute involving the 1998 Federal...

Senator vows to protect air traffic jobs from competition

August 1, 2003 Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., on Friday pledged a "forceful assault" to ensure that lawmakers restore provisions protecting federal air traffic employees from competition to the Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill before sending it to President Bush. House and Senate negotiators agreed last week to eliminate language in the bill preventing...

OMB challenges report on Privacy Act compliance

July 31, 2003 Bush administration officials have rebuked the General Accounting Office for concluding in a new report that agencies are not taking adequate steps to protect private records. Nearly 30 percent of federal agencies are unable to confirm that the personal data they disclose to outside organizations is "complete, accurate, relevant and...

GSA promises accurate and timely customer service center

July 30, 2003 A customer service center managed by the General Services Administration is now capable of answering questions on a wide range of government topics in two days or less, administration officials announced Wednesday. Citizens with questions about federal services often do not know where to direct their inquiries, said Mark Forman,...

Industry defends re-competition provision in OMB rules

July 29, 2003 Industry representatives on Tuesday defended Office of Management and Budget rules that require in-house teams winning government contracts to re-compete for projects at regular intervals. Unions and lawmakers have recently questioned the rules. Under the revisions to OMB Circular A-76, in-house teams that successfully bid on federal projects generally have...

GAO releases guide to help agencies improve training programs

July 28, 2003 Federal agencies that successfully train their employees have several traits in common, including leaders who place a high priority on continuous learning and are willing to devote sufficient resources to on-the-job education, according to a new guide from the General Accounting Office. GAO developed the guide to help government managers...