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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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EEOC could save money by streamlining operations, report says

March 3, 2003 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could save money by streamlining services, moving or closing some field offices, encouraging flexible work arrangements and investing in new technology, according to a new report from the National Academy of Public Administration. Faced with rising costs and a modest budget, the EEOC is having ...

Defense should focus on procurement, civilian workforce, official says

February 28, 2003 To maintain the agile and well-equipped forces needed to win the war on terrorism, the Defense Department should make procurement strategies a higher priority and devote more attention to managing its civilian workforce, a Pentagon official told participants at a management conference Wednesday. The military cannot possibly prepare for every ...

Managers share frustrations over linking performance, budgets

February 27, 2003 At a town-hall style forum Tuesday, federal managers said they support the notion of linking agencies' budgets to their ability to meet performance goals, but think the current process is badly flawed. The forum, hosted by the Performance Institute, an Arlington-based think tank, allowed federal managers to share stories of ...

Whistleblowers testify on theft and mismanagement at Los Alamos

February 27, 2003 Two whistleblowers told lawmakers Wednesday that the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico will be vulnerable to theft and fraud until managers who allegedly covered up widespread problems are fired and a new leadership team is fully in place. The University of California runs the nuclear weapons lab for ...

Agencies not ready for future recruiting challenges, researchers say

February 25, 2003 The sluggish economy has encouraged more job seekers to apply for civil service positions, creating a false sense of security and a dangerous sense of complacency at many federal recruiting offices, according to researchers at an Arlington-based think tank. Too many of the government's human resources officers point to a ...

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, ...