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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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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 ...

Federal employees indicted in retirement fund theft

January 8, 2003 A grand jury indicted a federal employee and four others on Monday in connection with the embezzlement of more than $2.8 million from a government pension fund. The indictment on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy alleges that Agatha Malloy, a retirement benefits specialist at the Office of Personnel Management, ...

Homeland Security vulnerable to waste, taxpayer advocacy group says

January 7, 2003 An advocacy group representing 335,000 taxpayers warned in a report released Monday that lawmakers and oversight agencies must not allow the new Homeland Security Department to turn into a "costly agency that performs many tasks poorly and no single task well." Differences in organization, culture, personnel management and technology among ...

Naval school offers graduate degree in homeland security

January 6, 2003 Homeland security specialists can now earn a master's degree in the subject, thanks to a new program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. The 18-month program, run jointly by the Justice Department's Office of Domestic Preparedness and the Navy, will bring together 14 students who have already distinguished ...

Records of federal employees' injury claims called unreliable

January 3, 2003 The Labor Department needs to find a better way to track whether it pays benefits to injured federal workers on time, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) does not keep reliable records of dates when a claim is initiated and closed, ...

Report cites mixed results in agency collaboration

January 2, 2003 Some agencies with overlapping missions are collaborating with one another, but others lack coordination and risk duplicating efforts, according to two new reports from the General Accounting Office. GAO used 2001 fiscal performance reports and 2003 performance plans to assess the level of cooperation among agencies responsible for managing the ...