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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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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 ...

Panel frees agencies from prison purchase requirement

July 28, 2003 Government agencies could shop around for products they have traditionally been required to buy from prison workshops, under legislation passed Friday by the House Judiciary Committee. Since 1934, items crafted by Federal Prison Industries have essentially enjoyed a monopoly on government contracts. This policy has prompted small businesses that produce ...

Acquisition reform bill sails out of House committee

July 25, 2003 The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Friday that would exempt certain service contracts from federal acquisition rules and support training programs for government procurement specialists. Under the 2003 Services Acquisition Reform Act (H.R. 1837), sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., some contractors providing widely available commercial services would receive exemptions ...

OMB eliminates broad competitive sourcing targets

July 24, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget will no longer hold agencies to governmentwide numerical targets for competitive sourcing-including the goal of opening 425,000 federal jobs to private competition-federal procurement chief Angela Styles said Thursday. In written testimony before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Styles said OMB has "moved away" from ...