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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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Defense proposes health insurance flexibilities for veterans

August 20, 2003 A new rule proposed by the Defense Department on Tuesday would enable veterans covered by two federal health insurance plans to switch between the plans more freely. The draft rule was announced in Tuesday's Federal Register. It would lift a restriction requiring veterans eligible for benefits offered by the Veterans...

Test shows limits of new federal information service

August 15, 2003 USA Services, the project unveiled late last month to provide comprehensive information for citizens on government services, is running smoothly, its operators say. But Government Executive encountered a few glitches in a recent tryout of the system. Teresa Nasif, director of the General Services Administration's Federal Consumer Information Center, said...

Government rife with opportunities for small IT companies, survey finds

August 14, 2003 Small businesses stand a good chance of winning large federal information technology contracts, even though the deck may seem stacked against them, a new study from a Reston, Va.-based market research firm concluded. The study, released Wednesday by INPUT, suggested that small companies specializing in information security, computer system consolidation...

Managers urge passage of bill with or without privatization protections

August 13, 2003 Two managers of small airports on Wednesday urged lawmakers to put politics aside and pass the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, even if it means opening some air traffic control towers, including ones at their airports, to privatization. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., have vowed to...

Capital Area United Way mishandled CFC funds, auditors find

August 12, 2003 Among other past financial improprieties, the National Capital Area United Way never paid interest on $3 million it improperly borrowed from the Combined Federal Campaign in spring 1999, outside auditors found in a report released Tuesday. The organization, which underwent a management overhaul in 2002, owed nearly $13,300 in short-term...

Interior managers could be punished in land swap controversy

August 11, 2003 The Interior Department is considering disciplinary action against federal managers accused of hiding vital information about a proposed land swap from colleagues and lawmakers, a department spokesman said Monday. In a July 23 letter to Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said that's one step she has taken...

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...