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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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Large contractors tough to ban from federal business, watchdog says

May 15, 2003 Banning large contractors from doing business with the government because of misconduct can be more burdensome for agencies than contractors, according to a watchdog group. The government rarely bans large contractors such as Boeing Co., currently under investigation for alleged civil and criminal offenses committed during federal transactions, said Seth ...

Agencies to receive guidelines this week on avoiding improper payments

May 14, 2003 By the end of the week, the Office of Management and Budget will provide federal agencies with guidelines on how to calculate the amount of taxpayer money wasted through erroneous payments to program beneficiaries, an OMB official told lawmakers Tuesday. The guide will arrive roughly two weeks ahead of a ...

Report recommends agencies use outside experts to evaluate programs

May 12, 2003 Federal agencies could benefit from hiring outside experts to help them analyze program performance data, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Agencies need specialists in statistical and research methods, as well as specialists in relevant academic fields, to help them assess how their programs are doing, ...

Air Force bases honored at public service awards ceremony

May 8, 2003 Air Force employees were honored on Thursday for outstanding public service at the 19th annual "Breakfast of Champions" award ceremony held at Union Station in Washington. A panel of 15 judges recognized the Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, Ariz., for community service, and the Schriever Air Force Base in ...

Bush appoints former diplomat to lead Iraqi reconstruction

May 7, 2003 President Bush on Tuesday appointed a former State Department diplomat to head the U.S. government's humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, placing the projects under civilian leadership, a move aid groups and the State Department have advocated. The administration designated L. Paul Bremer III, who served in the U.S. Diplomatic ...

OMB to expand program performance assessments next year

May 6, 2003 During the next budget cycle, the administration will rate 40 percent of federal programs on their performance and will use those assessments to make budget decisions, the Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday. OMB's method of evaluating federal programs will remain largely unchanged, according to a new set of ...

Terrorism response drill begins next week

May 5, 2003 Next week a fictitious terrorist group will set off a fake "dirty bomb" near downtown Seattle, kicking off the first large-scale homeland security drill since Sept. 11. The weeklong exercise, run by the Homeland Security and State departments, will involve about 19 federal agencies, the Red Cross and state governments. ...

Democracy-building efforts hampered by agency turf battles

May 2, 2003 U.S. projects to strengthen democracy in six Latin American countries over the past decade have suffered because of squabbling among the federal agencies involved, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report may have implications for U.S. aid agencies working to develop democratic governments in Afghanistan, Iraq and ...

Small Business Administration to devise new loan accounting system

May 1, 2003 The Small Business Administration will finish designing a new system to calculate the costs and benefits of loan sales by the end of the fiscal year, an agency official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Federal auditors withdrew clean opinions on SBA's fiscal 2000 and fiscal 2001 financial statements and gave the ...

Agencies improve quality of performance reports

April 30, 2003 Most federal agencies improved the quality of their performance reports over the last year, researchers at George Mason University announced Wednesday. Since 1999, the Mercatus Center, a Fairfax, Va.-based policy institute at George Mason University, has rated the 24 agencies covered under the Chief Financial Officer's Act each year on ...