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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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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 ...

Agencies need more flexibility to manage property, officials say

June 5, 2003 Lawmakers on Thursday renewed a push to give federal agencies more flexibility to manage the government's 3.2 billion square feet of real estate. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said at a hearing that he would like to give more agencies broader authority to lease ...

Online security clearance forms on track for June debut

June 4, 2003 As promised in March, federal workers will be able to file security clearance forms electronically by the end of June, an Office of Personnel official said Wednesday. The e-clearance project, one of 24 electronic government initiatives supported by the president's management agenda, is running on schedule, according to Norm Enger, ...

TSA chief says screener background checks complete by fall

June 3, 2003 The head of the Transportation Security Administration Tuesday told lawmakers concerned about the trustworthiness of current passenger screeners that the agency plans to finish background checks by Oct. 1 on the roughly 60,000 screeners hired last year. In rush to hire and train screeners who handle approximately 600 million passengers ...

GAO publishes guide on preventing purchase card abuse

June 2, 2003 Missing or altered documents and unexplained transactions are two of several signs that should alert federal agencies to purchase card abuse, according to a draft guide released Friday by the General Accounting Office. The guide requested by Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., former chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on ...

IGs to keep closer watch on financial management, contracting, security

May 30, 2003 Agency inspectors general plan to increase their focus on financial management, contract oversight and homeland security measures, they told President Bush in their recently released annual report. Even though a record number of agencies received clean audits for fiscal 2002, "much more needs to be done to improve the quality, ...

GAO: Despite agency efforts, rail shipments remain vulnerable to attack

May 29, 2003 Train cars carrying hazardous materials to their destination remain vulnerable to accidents and terrorist attacks, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, private rail transport companies, the Transportation Department and the Transportation Security Administration, now part of the Homeland Security Department, have ...

Management of nuclear lab program draws mixed reviews

May 28, 2003 A program to maintain and upgrade nuclear weapons facilities is poorly managed, the Energy Department inspector general's office reported recently. But in February, the Office of Management and Budget rated the same program positively in an assessment that ties performance to agency budgets. According to a May report from Energy's ...

Under new budget process, Defense to focus on financial management

May 27, 2003 The streamlined budget process announced by Defense Undersecretary Dov Zakheim last week should free up extra time for managers to address the financial issues that have prevented the department from receiving clean audits, a Defense spokesman said Tuesday. Under the new budget system unveiled on May 22, Defense managers will ...