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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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TSP funds stay in the black for October

November 1, 2010 All the offerings in the federal employee retirement program grew in October, though not at as fast a clip as the month before. The S Fund led the pack, with a 4.48 percent gain for October. The fund, which invests in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones ...

Industry panel suggests concrete ways to improve major IT acquisitions

October 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Improved government-private sector communication, more attention to developing strong program managers, an incremental approach to projects and stronger risk management would help enhance the information technology acquisition process, a panel of industry and academic experts concluded in a report released on Monday. While most of the recommendations from the Commission ...

SBA lifts suspension of technology contractor

October 19, 2010 The Small Business Administration has reached an agreement with recently suspended technology contractor GTSI Corp. that will allow the systems integrator to resume most of its business with the federal government during an ongoing investigation, subject to strict oversight. According to the pact announced Tuesday, GTSI will once again be ...

Pay Raise Not Budging

August 27, 2010 Feds hoping for a pay raise miracle might be out of luck. A Stars and Stripes blog post Thursday notes the Senate appropriations committee appears stuck on giving civilians a 1.4 percent boost, as President Obama proposed in his fiscal 2011 budget. Troops won't be any better off if the ...

Making Strides In Disability Employment

August 27, 2010 By Emily Long The federal government employs nearly 3 percent of the country's disabled workers, according to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS this week released its 2009 report on labor force characteristics, which shows 3.2 percent of disabled men and 2.7 percent of disabled women work ...

Former head of NASA survives Alaska plane crash

August 10, 2010 This article has been updated to reflect new developments. Former NASA chief and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe survived the plane crash in southwest Alaska on Monday night that claimed the life of former Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, according to news reports. Sources close to ...

White House to publish agency plans for cutting emissions

July 27, 2010 In August the Obama administration will publish online agencies' strategies for complying with an October 2009 presidential directive to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions, a White House official said on Tuesday. More than 50 plans -- submitted in June -- are tailored to agencies' individual capabilities and ...

Bang for the Duck

June 25, 2010 By Dawn Lim The Federal Duck Stamp Office, part of the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, has a strategy for saving waterfowl that might at first seem counterproductive: selling rights to hunt them. The office's "duck stamps" serve as licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, but 98 cents out ...

Canine Relief

June 25, 2010 Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day, and we're pretty sure Capitol Hill is in on the action. But are federal agencies biting? Among the potential benefits, according to the U.S. Humane Society: better morale and a more productive work environment. What's not to like?

Agencies get tips on keeping better travel logs

June 25, 2010 The General Services Administration wants to make sure agency officials can find rules designed to hold employees accountable for first- or business-class travel. On Friday, GSA published a Federal Register notice alerting officials to the release of the Federal Travel Regulation bulletin with pointers on documenting premium-class trips for official ...