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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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OPM upgrades online training site

January 30, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management Thursday announced upgrades to its online learning center for federal employees, a site that has attracted about 37,000 registered users since its debut five months ago. The enhanced version of www.golearn.gov will provide 3,000 additional online course options and will allow users to join "communities ...

GAO: New time and attendance systems efficient, but require oversight

January 28, 2003 New automated systems designed to help track time and attendance at work have made federal agencies more efficient, but are also vulnerable to misuse, according to the General Accounting Office. GAO published guidelines (GAO-03-352G) earlier this month to address how civilian agencies and the military should manage data on time ...

Senate slashes $40 million from e-government fund

January 24, 2003 The $390 billion fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriations package passed by the Senate late Thursday includes only $5 million of the $45 million originally earmarked for interagency electronic government projects. The House Treasury-Postal appropriations bill also sets aside $5 million for the interagency e-government fund. But Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., ranking ...

Structure of Pentagon helped contain 9/11 damage, engineers say

January 23, 2003 Several structural features, including steel-reinforced columns, helped the 60-year-old Pentagon withstand the Sept. 11 attacks relatively well, a team of engineers said Thursday. The attack on the Pentagon claimed the lives of 125 Pentagon employees and 64 passengers on American Airlines Flight 77, but it is "remarkable" that there were ...

GAO criticizes administration’s proposed changes to A-76 process

January 22, 2003 Proposed revisions to an Office of Management and Budget circular on government outsourcing impose unreasonable time limits on competitions and don't provide agencies with enough guidance, according to the General Accounting Office. A Jan. 16 letter from Comptroller General David Walker to OMB Director Mitch Daniels says revisions to OMB ...

Web site offers free filing to most taxpayers

January 21, 2003 About 60 percent of taxpayers will be eligible to file online for free this year, thanks to a new partnership between government and industry, the Treasury Department announced late last week. So far, 17 companies have pledged to participate in the Free File Alliance for at least three years with ...

Report lauds acquisition workforce training efforts

January 17, 2003 For the most part, civilian agencies have sound strategies for training their acquisition workforces, but they could also learn valuable lessons from the Defense Department's experience, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. After interviewing officials at six civilian agencies with large purchasing offices, including the Energy ...

Administration unveils payroll consolidation project

January 15, 2003 The Bush administration Wednesday announced the consolidation of the federal payroll system, which will reduce the number of agencies processing employee paychecks from 22 to four. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James said the new e-payroll system, which will be in place by the fall of 2004, will ...

OPM revamps management intern program, weighs pay hike

January 14, 2003 In an effort to revitalize the 25-year-old Presidential Management Intern program, the Office of Personnel Management is considering increasing the pay of entry-level interns, the agency says. OPM mentioned a proposal to boost interns' salaries in a recent statement announcing that the PMI program's headquarters will move from Philadelphia back ...

GAO says health benefit managers help curb insurance premiums

January 14, 2003 Pharmacy benefit managers are not to blame for the rising health care premiums many federal employees have faced in the past few years, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. In fact, pharmacy benefit managers help keep premiums in check by negotiating good deals with drug manufacturers ...