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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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Managers should view contractors as partners, report says

February 24, 2003 Federal information technology managers should view contractors as partners and stay involved in project management even after the work is outsourced, according to a new report released Monday by the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government. Managers tend to concentrate too much on the initial steps of the outsourcing ...

Agencies await new standards on executive performance ratings

February 21, 2003 Legislation passed last year to lift the cap on bonuses for federal executives cannot be implemented until oversight agencies finalize a set of standards to ensure that only the best are singled out for awards-a process that will stretch at least into next month, according to the Office of Personnel ...

Survey finds CIOs worried about staff levels, funding

February 20, 2003 The government's top information technology officials are committed to protecting federal computer networks from hackers and developing user-friendly Web sites, but they are worried that insufficient funds and staffing problems could hamper their efforts, according to a recent survey. Federal IT leaders have focused on presenting solid business cases to ...

GAO praises security agency for results-oriented management strategy

February 19, 2003 The Transportation Security Administration is off to "an impressive start" at motivating its workforce to focus on achieving performance goals, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The young agency has developed a strategy to help it reach concrete goals and keep managers invested in the process, ...

Capital Area United Way withdraws from federal campaign

February 14, 2003 The National Capital Area United Way has withdrawn its bid to run the Combined Federal Campaign for 2003, saying it wanted to focus on reorganization and recover from its recent financial troubles, the chapter's interim head said Friday. "I'm exceedingly impressed with the generosity of federal employees," said Robert Egger, ...

Administration continues to support Navy intranet despite delays

February 13, 2003 President Bush's 2004 budget proposal demonstrates the administration's continued support for a multibillion-dollar effort to consolidate Navy and Marine Corps computer systems into a single, massive intranet, the project's director said Wednesday. If lawmakers approve the $1.6 billion the administration allotted for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) project in 2004, ...

OMB to focus on hiring new project managers, security in 2004

February 12, 2003 The Bush administration's proposed $59 billion information technology budget for 2004 will enable the Office of Management and Budget to hire more managers for electronic government projects and revamp training programs for existing managers, an OMB official told an industry group in Santa Clara, Calif. on Tuesday. As a large ...

OMB releases third round of FAIR Act lists

February 10, 2003 More than 537,000 federal jobs at roughly 30 agencies could be outsourced, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. The third round of 2002 job inventories, released by OMB in the Feb. 6 Federal Register, included the Defense and Transportation departments and 31 other agencies. Of the 1.1 million ...

Federal health premiums rising at same rate as private sector plans

February 7, 2003 Federal health insurance premiums are rising at roughly the same rate as those included in large insurance plans offered at companies, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. From 1991 to 2002, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) premiums have increased an average of 6 percent a ...

FAA lacks results for personnel reforms, GAO says

February 5, 2003 A six-year-old effort by the Federal Aviation Administration to revamp its pay system, workforce planning strategies and employee relations has yet to show significant signs of success, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Since it usually takes agencies five to seven years to demonstrate that major ...