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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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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 ...

More allegations of mismanagement surface at Los Alamos

April 21, 2003 A former computer analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory claims managers at the New Mexico facility purposely thwarted an e-mail monitoring program designed to prevent security leaks. Jack Harris, who worked in the lab's Office of Internal Security, is one of at least three employees to speak out against Los ...

Veterans health agency boosts employee productivity despite job cuts

April 18, 2003 By encouraging creativity and interaction with patients, a Veterans Health Administration facility in upstate New York increased employee productivity despite losing workers, according to a new research report. The Albany, N.Y.-based Veterans Healthcare Network, which is part of VHA, is a good example for federal agencies hoping to cultivate more ...

United Way loses federal charity campaign bid

April 16, 2003 An Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit group on Tuesday won the bid to administer the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign for 2003, ending the United Way's 25-year reign over the annual fundraising event. Global Impact, formerly known as International Service Agencies (ISA), is "thrilled" to be in charge of the campaign ...

Guide offers agencies advice on financial management

April 15, 2003 Independent financial advisory committees, similar to those that oversee corporate accounting practices, could help federal agencies prepare more trustworthy financial statements, according to a new management guide. Advisory committees could give agency heads an "independent, high-level source for obtaining knowledgeable and objective views of financial management problems and possible solutions," ...

Poll finds privacy concerns among e-government users

April 14, 2003 Citizens enjoy the services offered by government Web sites, but remain wary of divulging personal information over the Internet, according to a poll released Monday by a nonpartisan government advocacy group. About 45 percent of more than 1,000 who responded to the February poll on electronic government said they would ...