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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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Public spends more time on paperwork in 2002

April 11, 2003 Americans spent more time filling out government-related paperwork in 2002 than in 2001, despite agency efforts to simplify forms, the Office of Management and Budget said Friday. The hours the public spent filling out government forms increased by more than 7 percent, from 7.65 billion hours in 2001 to 8.22 ...

Park Service defends handling of tractor standoff on Mall

April 10, 2003 The Park Service resolved the Washington tractor standoff that held up traffic and interrupted work at federal agencies for two days last month as quickly as possible, an agency official told lawmakers Thursday. A number of government agencies and private companies cooperated with the U.S. Park Police, part of the ...

FEMA offers first responders instant messaging service

April 9, 2003 Nearly 5,000 first responders are taking advantage of an instant messaging service to help bridge communications gaps among federal, state and local emergency relief workers, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Wednesday. The Homeland Security Department bought the technology at an undisclosed price from Bantu, a Washington-based technology company, and ...

Managers hone leadership skills through college program

April 8, 2003 Federal managers who graduated Friday from an American University leadership program said more than six months of weekends spent in the classroom have helped them significantly improve their job performance. The program, launched in September by The American University, is designed to help government managers develop the five core competencies ...

Defense needs one departmentwide personnel strategy, report says

April 7, 2003 The Defense Department needs one broad personnel plan that includes military and civilian employees and ensures they can properly oversee an increasing number of contractors, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The department is working with three separate workforce plans-one for the military, one for civilians, ...

Lawmakers debate employee role in ‘fast-track’ reorganization

April 3, 2003 Lawmakers Thursday vowed to include the input of federal employees and other key stakeholders in the plan to grant the president "fast-track" authority to reorganize federal agencies. House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., is pushing to reinstate the president's power to propose major organizational changes to federal agencies ...

Report says Tricare management flaws could cause health provider shortage

April 2, 2003 The Pentagon's method for measuring the ratio of Tricare health providers to beneficiaries is flawed and could result in a shortage of providers in heavily populated areas, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Contractors managing Tricare, the Defense Department's health insurance plan, try to make sure ...

Government flunks sixth straight financial audit

March 31, 2003 The federal government failed its sixth consecutive financial audit, even though 21 of the 24 major agencies received clean opinions on their fiscal 2002 financial statements. As in fiscal 2001, financial management problems at the Defense Department kept the government from passing its annual audit. Defense made significant progress on ...

Stakeholders optimistic EEOC will agree to reforms

March 28, 2003 Stakeholders committed to improving the federal sector's discrimination complaint process were optimistic Friday that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would take seriously their recommendations to fix the broken system. A March 28 letter from civil rights organizations, law firms and the largest federal employees union asked the commission to consider ...

Contractor to oversee humanitarian supplies entering Iraqi port

March 26, 2003 A federal aid agency on Monday selected a cargo-handling company to monitor the tons of food and other humanitarian supplies expected to flow through the port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq once allied forces have secured the area. The United States Agency for International Development awarded the $4.8 million ...