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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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Making Strides In Disability Employment

August 27, 2010 By Emily Long The federal government employs nearly 3 percent of the country's disabled workers, according to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS this week released its 2009 report on labor force characteristics, which shows 3.2 percent of disabled men and 2.7 percent of disabled women work ...

Former head of NASA survives Alaska plane crash

August 10, 2010 This article has been updated to reflect new developments. Former NASA chief and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe survived the plane crash in southwest Alaska on Monday night that claimed the life of former Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, according to news reports. Sources close to ...

White House to publish agency plans for cutting emissions

July 27, 2010 In August the Obama administration will publish online agencies' strategies for complying with an October 2009 presidential directive to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions, a White House official said on Tuesday. More than 50 plans -- submitted in June -- are tailored to agencies' individual capabilities and ...

Bang for the Duck

June 25, 2010 By Dawn Lim The Federal Duck Stamp Office, part of the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, has a strategy for saving waterfowl that might at first seem counterproductive: selling rights to hunt them. The office's "duck stamps" serve as licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, but 98 cents out ...

Canine Relief

June 25, 2010 Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day, and we're pretty sure Capitol Hill is in on the action. But are federal agencies biting? Among the potential benefits, according to the U.S. Humane Society: better morale and a more productive work environment. What's not to like?

Agencies get tips on keeping better travel logs

June 25, 2010 The General Services Administration wants to make sure agency officials can find rules designed to hold employees accountable for first- or business-class travel. On Friday, GSA published a Federal Register notice alerting officials to the release of the Federal Travel Regulation bulletin with pointers on documenting premium-class trips for official ...

Brain Drain

June 24, 2010 By Dawn Lim As if Gen. Stanley McChrystal's big-bang farewell wasn't enough, another military leader is headed for the exits. Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, the director of the military's top center for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, has unexpectedly stepped down, reports ProPublica. The leadership of the Defense ...

The Heat Is On

June 24, 2010 As Washington continues to roast in 90-plus degree heat, the company that manages Government Executive's office building has taken a few unusual (for us, at least) steps to save power, such as dimming hallway lighting and encouraging employees to close their blinds. That got us wondering whether the government -- ...

Dark Horse OMB Candidate

June 24, 2010 Move over Gene Sperling, Laura Tyson and Rob Nabors. New York University professor Paul Light wants to add another name to the short list of candidates to replace Peter Orszag in the top job at the Office of Management and Budget: former Comptroller General David Walker. The current crop of ...

Airport Bullies

June 23, 2010 By Dawn Lim New York Times readers aren't too thrilled with TSA's screening personnel. Passengers wish "some screeners at the body scan machines were nicer and did not order travelers around as if they were jailhouse perps," writes Joe Sharkey. One reader told Sharkey she "felt as if she were ...