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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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Veterans Hiring Reaches 20-Year High in 2012

October 30, 2013 The federal government hired a higher percentage of veterans in fiscal 2012 than it has in the past two decades, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Agencies collectively hired about 195,000 employees last fiscal year, of which 56,000, or 28.9 percent, were veterans, OPM said in its annual report...

White House Reminded of Pledge to Find a Presidential Rank Award Alternative

September 19, 2013 A professional association representing top federal managers on Thursday reminded the White House that it has pledged to find a non-monetary alternative to a program rewarding high-ranking federal employees who go above and beyond in their jobs. Specifically, the Obama administration should grant executives who would have earned the Presidential...

Obama Nominates Consulting Executive to Fill Management Chief Void

September 11, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday evening announced he has picked an executive at a top private-sector consulting firm to serve as his management chief. Obama said he will nominate Beth Cobert, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co., to be deputy director for management at the...

House Stopgap Spending Measure Would Help Agencies Dodge Furloughs

September 10, 2013 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday evening unveiled a spending measure to keep the government open past Sept. 30, when current funding runs out, and give federal agencies flexibility to avoid furloughs. The continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59) would provide funding at a rate of $986.3 billion...

Retirement Funds Return to the Red in August

September 3, 2013 All but one of the retirement funds in the federal Thrift Savings Plan closed August in the red, ending a short-lived rebound in July. The lone exception was the government securities (G) fund, which gained 0.18 percent last month. The fund -- one of the most stable TSP offerings --...

Pentagon To Provide Same-Sex Benefits Starting Next Month

August 14, 2013 Same-sex spouses of military members will have access to the same benefits as other spouses no later than Sept. 3, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Benefits such as health insurance through TRICARE, the basic housing allowance and the family separation allowance will be retroactive to June 26, the date the...

Military Same-Sex Spouses Will Get Benefits by Sept. 3

August 14, 2013 Same-sex spouses of military members will have access to the same benefits as other spouses no later than Sept. 3, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Benefits such as health insurance through TRICARE, the basic housing allowance and the family separation allowance will be retroactive to June 26, the date the...

EEOC Avoids Second Round of Furloughs

July 12, 2013 Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will not face a second round of furlough days this fiscal year, the agency announced on Thursday. EEOC has already required workers to take five days of unpaid leave due to budget cuts under sequestration; its chief financial officer concluded an additional three...

Retirement Backlog Shrinks Slightly, But Claims Processing Slows

July 5, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the federal retirement claims backlog in June, though it completed fewer claims than expected and the backlog remains higher than anticipated. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 25,542, a reduction of 2.5 percent, or 668 claims, compared with...

Furlough Check-in: Tell Us How It’s Going So Far

June 6, 2013 For many federal employees, the much-dreaded furloughs of fiscal 2013 are under way. It’s still a little early, but we’re curious how people are holding up so far. Are the days of unpaid leave already causing a financial strain? Or have you managed to find a silver lining in having...

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