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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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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 ...

Postal panel tackles collective bargaining, pay

July 23, 2003 The Postal Service should have the authority to negotiate retiree pension and health care benefits that are different from those offered under existing federal plans, a nine-member commission appointed to study postal reform said Wednesday. At its ninth and final public meeting, the Commission on the U.S. Postal Service voted ...

Lawmaker hopes panel's report will drive reform at Postal Service

July 22, 2003 A postal commission report due by the end of the month may finally provide momentum for much needed reform at the Postal Service, Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., said Tuesday at a forum hosted by a postal workers' union. By July 31, the nine-member Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, created ...

Backlog of whistleblower complaints piles up

July 21, 2003 The number of civil servants who lodge allegations of waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies is growing, and they aren't getting timely responses to their complaints. The Office of Special Counsel, charged with reviewing whistleblower disclosures and referring them for further investigation when warranted, is faced with a rapidly ...

Lawmakers renew push to tighten contractor ethics standards

July 18, 2003 A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it easier for agencies to locate companies with histories of misbehavior and bar them from federal contracting work. The 2003 Contractors Accountability Act (H.R. 2767), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and six other members of Congress-including presidential ...

EEOC gives government passable marks on diversity, complaints process

July 17, 2003 The federal government deserves a mediocre grade for its handling of diversity-related issues over the past year, despite some improvement in discrimination claims processing at individual agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday. In its annual report to the president and Congress, the EEOC gave the government a grade ...

Panel urges Postal Service to consolidate

July 16, 2003 To improve its financial health, the Postal Service should consolidate its facilities and should consider outsourcing tasks "incidental" to delivering the mail, a nine-member commission appointed to study postal reform said Wednesday. Those were two of 17 recommendations that the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Postal Service voted unanimously to ...