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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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Postal panel tackles collective bargaining, pay

July 23, 2003 The Postal Service should have the authority to negotiate retiree pension and health care benefits that are different from those offered under existing federal plans, a nine-member commission appointed to study postal reform said Wednesday. At its ninth and final public meeting, the Commission on the U.S. Postal Service voted...

Lawmaker hopes panel's report will drive reform at Postal Service

July 22, 2003 A postal commission report due by the end of the month may finally provide momentum for much needed reform at the Postal Service, Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., said Tuesday at a forum hosted by a postal workers' union. By July 31, the nine-member Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, created...

Backlog of whistleblower complaints piles up

July 21, 2003 The number of civil servants who lodge allegations of waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies is growing, and they aren't getting timely responses to their complaints. The Office of Special Counsel, charged with reviewing whistleblower disclosures and referring them for further investigation when warranted, is faced with a rapidly...

Lawmakers renew push to tighten contractor ethics standards

July 18, 2003 A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it easier for agencies to locate companies with histories of misbehavior and bar them from federal contracting work. The 2003 Contractors Accountability Act (H.R. 2767), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and six other members of Congress-including presidential...

EEOC gives government passable marks on diversity, complaints process

July 17, 2003 The federal government deserves a mediocre grade for its handling of diversity-related issues over the past year, despite some improvement in discrimination claims processing at individual agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday. In its annual report to the president and Congress, the EEOC gave the government a grade...

Panel urges Postal Service to consolidate

July 16, 2003 To improve its financial health, the Postal Service should consolidate its facilities and should consider outsourcing tasks "incidental" to delivering the mail, a nine-member commission appointed to study postal reform said Wednesday. Those were two of 17 recommendations that the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Postal Service voted unanimously to...

Agencies encouraged to make contractors cater to their tech needs

July 15, 2003 Federal agencies should encourage contractors to design technology that meets their needs, rather than adapting to products already on the market, a former Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. "We have to begin to shape the commercial marketplace," said Jerry Williams, deputy chief information officer at the Small...

Nine agencies earn higher management grades

July 14, 2003 In the third quarter of fiscal 2003, nine federal agencies moved up a notch on the Office of Management and Budget's "traffic light" system for rating compliance with the president's five-part management agenda. The Environmental Protection Agency and Social Security Administration upgraded from yellow to green in financial management, bringing...

Drug agency told to review hiring, disciplinary practices

July 11, 2003 To address concerns about discrimination against minority and female special agents, the Drug Enforcement Administration should conduct a comprehensive review of its recruiting, promotion and disciplinary practices, the General Accounting Office said Thursday. In a study of the DEA's personnel procedures (GAO-03-413), GAO found that from fiscal 1997 to fiscal...

OPM completes system for filing security clearance forms online

July 11, 2003 Federal workers and government contractors can now file security clearance forms electronically, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday. The electronic filing system, developed by OPM as part of a three-step e-clearance project, allows employees to fill out their SF-86 and SF-86C forms on a password-protected Web site. The SF-86C...

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