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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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Online federal store attracts mostly browsers, not buyers

March 25, 2003 Federal purchasers are using a giant online government store to shop around for office supplies and equipment, but are not buying complex technology or services through the site, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Launched in October 1995 and administered by the General Services Administration, GSA ...

New rules expand employee childcare subsidy benefit

March 24, 2003 Agencies that offer childcare subsidies to low-income employees can make advance payments directly to daycare centers, so that families don't have to pay up front, according to guidelines published Monday in the Federal Register. The interim rules allows low-income families that can't afford to wait for reimbursement to participate in ...

Reservists and families unaware of benefits and support services

March 20, 2003 Reservists called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom--and the family members they leave behind--need more information about the benefits and support services available to them, according to a new General Accounting Office report and an advocacy group. "We ask you to remember that in [a] time of war, even ...

Federal aid workers ready to help Iraqis after attack

March 19, 2003 As U.S. troops move toward the Iraqi border, the U.S. Agency for International Development is moving civilian disaster relief workers into the region so that they will be ready to conduct humanitarian missions during and after the war. By Thursday, about three dozen volunteer relief workers from federal agencies will ...

Employees report to work despite standoff in downtown Washington

March 18, 2003 Employees in federal buildings located near the National Mall in Washington went to work Tuesday despite a standoff between law enforcement officers and a man who drove a tractor into a shallow pool near the Vietnam Memorial. On Monday, a North Carolina tobacco farmer, identified as Dwight Watson, 50, drove ...

Online security clearance system to debut in June

March 17, 2003 An automated system to streamline security clearances and background checks for federal workers will be up and running by June, the Office of Personnel Management said Monday. When complete, the e-clearance system will allow federal employees to update online the government form for national security positions. The online filing system ...

Defense pushes for more flexibility to manage civilian employees

March 14, 2003 A Pentagon official earlier this week asked Congress for more flexibility to hire civilian workers faster and convert military jobs to civilian status when warranted. "We are working to promote a culture in the Defense Department that rewards unconventional thinking-a climate where people have freedom and flexibility to take risks ...

Web portal sole federal finalist for public service award

March 13, 2003 A Web site that gives the public access to a wide array of government services and information is the only federal project among 15 finalists for the annual Innovations in American Government Award. FirstGov, administered by the General Services Administration, and 14 other finalists were selected from a pool of ...

Former Los Alamos officials deny accusations of mismanagement

March 12, 2003 Former managers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico told lawmakers Wednesday that they fired two investigators in November because of poor work performance, not because they blew the whistle on widespread fraud and theft at the lab. The ex-managers who testified voluntarily before the House Energy and Commerce ...

Report says aid agency should focus on career development, training

March 11, 2003 The agency charged with delivering aid to developing countries could keep its workers more satisfied by giving them better career guidance and expanding training opportunities, according to a new research report. Improving mentoring programs and allowing more training would boost employee morale at the United States Agency for International Development ...