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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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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 ...

Contract to run Los Alamos lab to go up for bids

April 30, 2003 For the first time, the University of California will face competition for the contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratories, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced Wednesday. The university has operated Los Alamos since the lab was opened 60 years ago. Its current contract ends in 2005. But recent allegations of ...

Army Corps to launch reorganization in fall

April 29, 2003 In October, the Army Corps of Engineers will unveil plans for a major reorganization, the agency's chief told employees on Tuesday. In an April 29 e-mail to Corps workers, Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers said the agency would collect feedback this summer on a draft restructuring plan already prepared by employees ...

Army faces two top leadership vacancies

April 28, 2003 The resignation on Friday of Army Secretary Thomas White and the pending retirement of Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki could leave the Army with a serious leadership void, according to defense analysts. Technically, the military services can operate without top civilian and uniformed leaders, said Loren Thompson, chief operating ...

OPM to launch revised job Web site in summer

April 25, 2003 By early summer, federal job seekers could find more enticing vacancy announcements on USAJOBS, the government's recruiting Web site, Office of Personnel Management officials said Friday. OPM plans to launch a new, user-friendly version of the site in a few months, said Claire Gibbons, program manager of the agency's one-stop ...

Civil rights advocate sues EEOC

April 24, 2003 The leader of a federal employee anti-discrimination group recently filed a $900,000 lawsuit against the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission in federal court, alleging the agency allows biased judges to preside over hearings. Sam Wright Jr., the president of Federal Employees Against Discrimination and a Transportation Department employee, announced Tuesday that ...

Davis to reintroduce outsourcing legislation next week

April 24, 2003 Lawmakers on Wednesday will consider legislation that would establish acquisition workforce training programs and exempt certain contractors from government accounting requirements. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., plans to reintroduce the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) next week and the House Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing April 30 on provisions ...

Budget boost helps EEOC avoid furloughs

April 22, 2003 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission no longer needs to furlough any employees this year, thanks to a $15 million budget increase included in the $79 billion war supplemental spending bill President Bush signed into law last week, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday. In early March, EEOC Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez ...