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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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Rumsfeld's Rules on Reorganization

June 2, 2011 By Charles S. Clark Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has waded into the debate on reorganizing the federal government for the Information Age. In a speech Wednesday to the moderately conservative Ripon Society, Rumsfeld said, "Our government is still basically functioning in the structure that dates back to the Truman ...

Power Expected Back by Midnight at GSA, Other Agencies

June 1, 2011 By Joseph Marks Washington's main electric utility provider expects to have power restored by midnight to three federal buildings and numerous homes near First Street in Northeast Washington, the company said Wednesday afternoon. The outage shut off power throughout Wednesday at the General Services Administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ...

Lights Still Out at GSA

June 1, 2011 By Joseph Marks The lights were still out at the General Services Administration and two other federal buildings Wednesday afternoon and Pepco, Washington's main electricity provider, didn't have a firm answer on when power would be restored. In the meantime, employees are teleworking or on administrative leave, spokespeople said. The ...

Military extends health care coverage for adult children

January 14, 2011 The military's health care program is taking advantage of a fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Act provision allowing it to extend coverage for adult children. The TRICARE Young Adult Program will give unmarried dependents without their own employer-based insurance the option of buying month-to-month health coverage until age 26, the Defense ...

Proposal continues crackdown on recruitment and other bonuses

January 7, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday proposed rules aimed at helping federal agencies better control costs of incentive payments to recruit, relocate and retain talented employees. Under the draft regulations, agencies would be required to annually review recruitment bonuses for hard-to-fill categories of jobs to ensure the payments were ...

Obama issues order implementing pay freeze

December 22, 2010 President Obama on Wednesday evening issued an executive order making official the two-year pay freeze he proposed in late November and Congress approved Tuesday night. The freeze will apply to all civilian employees, including those at the Defense Department and at agencies with alternative pay systems. Senior executives will not ...

Short-term spending measure advances pay freeze proposal

December 21, 2010 Language freezing civilian federal employees' pay for two years has made it into a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through March 4, 2011. In keeping with President Obama's Nov. 29 proposal, a provision in the continuing resolution the House and Senate passed on Tuesday would hold civil ...

New Congress could put the brakes on insourcing

December 16, 2010 The 112th Congress is unlikely to let the Obama administration move full-speed ahead on its initiative to bring contractor jobs back in-house, a consultant and a Republican Senate staff member said on Thursday. Jonathan Etherton, president and owner of the consultancy Etherton and Associates Inc. and a former Senate Armed ...

Obama signs telework expansion act

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at increasing telework in the federal government. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722), agencies will have 180 days to establish a policy on working outside the office, identify eligible employees and inform them of the option. The law ...

Obama signs telework expansion act

December 9, 2010 President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at increasing telework in the federal government. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722), agencies will have 180 days to establish a policy on working outside the office, identify eligible employees and inform them of the option. The law ...