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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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State, DHS to share responsibility for training visa workers

September 30, 2003 The Homeland Security Department and the State Department formally agreed Monday to share responsibility for training and evaluating the performance of workers assigned to process and adjudicate visa applications at offices overseas. Under the memorandum of understanding signed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Secretary of State Colin Powell,...

Immigration officials defend contractor-operated call center

September 29, 2003 The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday defended its expanded use of a national call center, staffed mostly by contract employees, to answer questions about immigration benefits and applications. Union officials and groups representing lawyers have criticized the center for failing to provide timely and accurate answers to...

Federal employees win NIH job competition

September 26, 2003 Grants management assistants at the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday prevailed in a public-private job competition, but the agency's maintenance workers are still awaiting the outcome of a second A-76 study. An in-house team of 677 NIH employees who provide technical and administrative support for grants managers won a...

Provision in Defense bill could aid feds in job competitions

September 26, 2003 The final version of the Pentagon's fiscal 2004 budget bill includes language intended to level the playing field for in-house teams bidding on civilian Defense jobs. Under the legislation approved by Congress Thursday, civilian workers at Defense would receive a cost advantage in job competitions involving 10 or more employees....

GAO: Defense lacks data to measure success of ad campaigns

September 24, 2003 The Defense Department doesn't have enough information to measure the success of military recruiting campaigns, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Over the past five years, the Pentagon has almost doubled the amount of money it spends on advertising and marketing, the report (GAO-03-1005) said. Defense...

Senate allows new job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

September 23, 2003 Language added Tuesday to the Senate version of the Interior appropriations bill would allow the department to put more jobs up for bids, but also enables lawmakers to monitor the results of public-private job competitions at Interior. Senators approved the language, offered by Sens. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., and George Voinovich,...

OPM estimates of e-gov savings may be unrealistic

September 23, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management may have overstated the savings that can be achieved through its electronic government projects, a General Accounting Office official said Tuesday. Five e-government initiatives managed by OPM will generate about $2.7 billion in taxpayer savings "over [their] life," OPM Director Kay Coles James testified Tuesday...

Bush official warns against politicizing management agenda

September 22, 2003 The Bush administration runs the risk of discrediting the President's Management Agenda by touting its accomplishments in the upcoming presidential campaign, a key administration official said Monday. "Management is apolitical," said Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, at a luncheon in Washington hosted...

Leadership program readies federal managers for executive roles

September 19, 2003 The head of the American Red Cross on Wednesday urged nearly 160 graduates of a yearlong government leadership program to go out and "change the status quo" at their agencies, by setting a positive example for other employees and remaining confident in the face of controversy. "The reality is that...

Senator moves to bar new job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

September 18, 2003 During a Wednesday debate over the Interior appropriations bill, the Senate minority whip proposed language that would prevent the Interior Department and Forest Service from putting more federal jobs up for competition. The amendment, offered by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., would block Interior and the Forest Service (which is part...