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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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Report finds IRS employees continue to abuse Internet privileges

June 23, 2003 Internal Revenue Service workers are still visiting inappropriate Web sites during work hours and spending too much personal time online despite an agency effort to foster better online behavior, according to a new investigative report. In response to reports showing that a substantial number of IRS employees used the Web ...

OMB publishes guide on reducing improper federal payments

June 19, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday published a guide to help federal agencies curb the amount of taxpayer money wasted through erroneous payments to program beneficiaries. OMB's guide offers instructions for implementing the 2002 Improper Payments Information Act (H.R. 4878), which was introduced by now-retired Rep. Steve Horn, ...

FBI’s antiterror focus doesn’t threaten traditional duties, chief says

June 18, 2003 The FBI has not compromised its traditional law enforcement responsibilities by shifting more than 650 special agents from criminal investigations to counterterrorism and intelligence gathering, FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers Wednesday. As part of an ongoing restructuring effort, the FBI reassigned 500 criminal investigators to antiterrorism efforts and an ...

Agencies urged not to sell e-gov projects as cost-cutters

June 17, 2003 The real value of electronic government projects lies in how they make federal services more accessible to the public, not in the cost savings they may generate, experts said at a technology forum Tuesday. In fact, successful e-government projects might end up costing taxpayers money, said Jim Tozzi, an adviser ...

E-procurement site losing users

June 16, 2003 An electronic marketplace designed by the Navy hasn't lived up to expectations despite a promising start, according to a new study. SeaPort, created by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), was the federal government's first electronic procurement portal. NAVSEA modeled the portal after Amazon.com, envisioning it as a site where ...

OMB ratings have little impact on Hill budget decisions

June 13, 2003 Lawmakers make funding decisions based on traditional budget justification documents, and pay little attention to the Office of Management and Budget's recent evaluations of federal programs, a House Appropriations Committee aide said Friday. For the past two budget cycles, OMB evaluators have rated a sampling of federal programs on how ...

EPA serious about improving grants management, official says

June 11, 2003 For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency has a concrete agenda for improving a long-standing problem-inadequate grants management, an agency official told lawmakers Wednesday. The five-part Long-Term Grants Management Plan released in April outlines the steps EPA will take to better train employees overseeing grants, foster more competition during ...

Education and Agriculture share tips for improving financial management

June 10, 2003 The Agriculture and Education departments made substantial strides in financial management by creating new leadership teams, seeking help from outside experts and improving their accounting systems, agency officials told lawmakers Tuesday. In fiscal 2002, Agriculture received its first clean audit ever and Education received its first clean opinion since 1997. ...

Defense hopes automated system will improve procurement management

June 10, 2003 To improve management of its procurement process, the Defense Department plans to create an automated system for collecting data on services purchased from contractors, a department official announced in response to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Data from the automated system will help Defense purchasers make better ...

GAO: Forest Service slow to implement needed management reforms

June 6, 2003 More than a decade after government researchers first called on the Forest Service to develop a system for linking performance goals to financial planning, the agency is still "years away" from acting on the advice, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. In reports and congressional testimony ...