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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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Immigration services job competition moves forward

September 11, 2003 Recent protests by lawmakers and an array of interest groups have not changed the Homeland Security Department's plans to put immigration services jobs up for competition within the next 10 months, according to a department spokesman. "A decision has been made, and we are moving forward," said Russ Knocke, a...

House e-government provision falls $44M short of Bush request

September 10, 2003 The 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill passed by the House Tuesday night allots $1 million to an interagency fund supporting electronic government projects-an amount well below that requested by President Bush and authorized in previous legislation. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved $5 million for the interagency fund, the same...

House rejects OMB’s job competition revisions

September 10, 2003 The House on Tuesday night passed an $89.3 billion budget bill that includes language unraveling the Office of Management and Budget's latest revisions to rules on public-private job competitions. Following a floor debate, lawmakers approved an amendment to the 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill (H.R. 2989) that would discard OMB's May...

Contractors could ease 'human capital crisis,' report says

September 9, 2003 When federal agencies have trouble finding qualified applicants to fill job openings, they should consider outsourcing the work, according to a new report from a libertarian think tank. Agencies should concentrate on retaining in-house experts capable of overseeing contracts and tackling substantive mission-related projects, the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think...

EEOC official says agency should review salaries, rent to save money

September 8, 2003 In the face of persistent budget shortfalls, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission should reexamine employees' salaries and office rent expenses to save money, an agency official said Monday. Salaries and rent eat up approximately 80 percent of the EEOC's budget, Jeffrey Smith, the agency's chief financial officer, told commissioners at...

Fewer employees at Energy Department to undergo lie-detector tests

September 5, 2003 The Energy Department has decided to significantly reduce its reliance on polygraph tests, based on recent scientific studies questioning their validity, a department official announced Thursday. Current policy requires employees for approximately 20,000 Energy Department positions to periodically undergo lie-detector tests, Kyle McSlarrow, deputy secretary of Energy, testified at a...

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...

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