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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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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 ...

Retirement funds have a volatile November

December 1, 2010 The investment options in the federal employee retirement savings plan performed unevenly in November, coming off a strong October. The Thrift Savings Plan's S Fund, which invests in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, grew the most last month, gaining 3 percent. It also ...

House sends telework bill to Obama

November 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Thursday sent President Obama a bill to boost telework at federal agencies, over objections by Republicans who said the measure would grant civil servants another costly fringe benefit and add layers of bureaucracy at a time when Americans want a smaller government. Members voted 254-152 to pass ...

House sends telework bill to Obama

November 18, 2010 The House on Thursday sent President Obama a bill to boost telework at federal agencies, over objections by Republicans who said the measure would grant civil servants another costly fringe benefit and add layers of bureaucracy at a time when Americans want a smaller government. Members voted 254-152 to pass ...

Panelists: Next Congress Will Deliver Rhetorical Markers

November 5, 2010 By Charles S. Clark Newly empowered Republicans will spend much of the next Congress laying down rhetorical markers on federal spending cuts that, while committing them to more specifics than were provided during the campaign, aren't likely to become law, panelists at a Brookings Institution post-midterm election conference said on ...

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 ...