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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Report says Tricare management flaws could cause health provider shortage

April 2, 2003 The Pentagon's method for measuring the ratio of Tricare health providers to beneficiaries is flawed and could result in a shortage of providers in heavily populated areas, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Contractors managing Tricare, the Defense Department's health insurance plan, try to make sure...

Government flunks sixth straight financial audit

March 31, 2003 The federal government failed its sixth consecutive financial audit, even though 21 of the 24 major agencies received clean opinions on their fiscal 2002 financial statements. As in fiscal 2001, financial management problems at the Defense Department kept the government from passing its annual audit. Defense made significant progress on...

Stakeholders optimistic EEOC will agree to reforms

March 28, 2003 Stakeholders committed to improving the federal sector's discrimination complaint process were optimistic Friday that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would take seriously their recommendations to fix the broken system. A March 28 letter from civil rights organizations, law firms and the largest federal employees union asked the commission to consider...

Contractor to oversee humanitarian supplies entering Iraqi port

March 26, 2003 A federal aid agency on Monday selected a cargo-handling company to monitor the tons of food and other humanitarian supplies expected to flow through the port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq once allied forces have secured the area. The United States Agency for International Development awarded the $4.8 million...

Online federal store attracts mostly browsers, not buyers

March 25, 2003 Federal purchasers are using a giant online government store to shop around for office supplies and equipment, but are not buying complex technology or services through the site, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Launched in October 1995 and administered by the General Services Administration, GSA...

New rules expand employee childcare subsidy benefit

March 24, 2003 Agencies that offer childcare subsidies to low-income employees can make advance payments directly to daycare centers, so that families don't have to pay up front, according to guidelines published Monday in the Federal Register. The interim rules allows low-income families that can't afford to wait for reimbursement to participate in...

Reservists and families unaware of benefits and support services

March 20, 2003 Reservists called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom--and the family members they leave behind--need more information about the benefits and support services available to them, according to a new General Accounting Office report and an advocacy group. "We ask you to remember that in [a] time of war, even...

Federal aid workers ready to help Iraqis after attack

March 19, 2003 As U.S. troops move toward the Iraqi border, the U.S. Agency for International Development is moving civilian disaster relief workers into the region so that they will be ready to conduct humanitarian missions during and after the war. By Thursday, about three dozen volunteer relief workers from federal agencies will...

Employees report to work despite standoff in downtown Washington

March 18, 2003 Employees in federal buildings located near the National Mall in Washington went to work Tuesday despite a standoff between law enforcement officers and a man who drove a tractor into a shallow pool near the Vietnam Memorial. On Monday, a North Carolina tobacco farmer, identified as Dwight Watson, 50, drove...

Online security clearance system to debut in June

March 17, 2003 An automated system to streamline security clearances and background checks for federal workers will be up and running by June, the Office of Personnel Management said Monday. When complete, the e-clearance system will allow federal employees to update online the government form for national security positions. The online filing system...

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