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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Agencies use innovative hiring practices to fill jobs

July 7, 2003 By sprucing up job vacancy announcements, automating the hiring process, and using categorical rankings to rate applicants, some federal agencies have been able to fill openings more efficiently, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. "There is widespread recognition that the current federal hiring process all too...

Affirmative action rulings unlikely to impact military academies’ policies

July 3, 2003 Two recent high-profile Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action are unlikely to affect admissions policies at military academies, according to school officials and a lawyer. Former and current Pentagon leaders were concerned that if the Supreme Court called the University of Michigan's affirmative action programs unconstitutional, the ruling could force...

OMB to brief appropriators about federal program ratings

July 2, 2003 In the upcoming weeks, the Office of Management and Budget will brief lawmakers in charge of funding decisions on the administration's process for evaluating federal programs, OMB Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson pledged Wednesday. For the past two budget cycles, OMB evaluators have rated a sampling of federal programs...

Appointees, civil servants share secrets to a good relationship

July 2, 2003 Career civil servants and political employees can cultivate a constructive working relationship if they communicate effectively and don't view one another as adversaries, representatives of both groups said Tuesday during a panel discussion at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington. For years, political appointees have harbored stereotypes of civil...

Agencies need to share resources, look beyond own performance, analysts say

June 30, 2003 Federal agencies need to focus on cooperating with one another even though certain procedures, including the annual budget process, tend to make them look inward, panelists at a 'good government' conference said Monday. Interagency coordination is becoming increasingly important as the government moves to consolidate and eliminate duplicative programs, said...

GAO: Defense needs backup plans for contractors in crisis

June 27, 2003 The military lacks contingency plans for replacing contractors who provide essential services to troops when they can't perform their jobs, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Defense guidance, first published in November 1990, requires each branch of the military to identify contractors who provide critical services...

NASA consolidates financial management

June 26, 2003 After a three-year effort, all of NASA's field offices are now connected to a single accounting system, marking a "giant leap" toward improving the agency's financial management, officials said Wednesday. The new system replaces 145 separate and duplicative systems. It allows managers at NASA's 10 field centers to pay bills...

EEOC field offices anxious over agency reorganization

June 25, 2003 By alienating field office managers from discussions about an upcoming agency reorganization, headquarters officials at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have caused anxiety and reduced employee morale, a union representative said Wednesday. In the face of an increasingly tight budget, EEOC leaders have decided that they need to streamline operations,...

Critics say management flaws jeopardize security at nuclear labs

June 24, 2003 Management problems at the Energy Department have prevented the agency from effectively ensuring the security of nuclear facilities, government watchdog groups and lawmakers said Tuesday. The Energy Department took too long to modify its plan for protecting nuclear laboratories in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to Robin Nazzaro,...

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...

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