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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 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 ...

Investigators probe theft of Defense medical records

December 31, 2002 Federal investigators are trying to find the thieves who stole computer equipment and medical records from a military contractor's offices in mid-December. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI, are involved in the search for the files, which contained such sensitive information as patients' ...

Recent Bush initiatives raise issue of lower morale

December 23, 2002 Last week, George W. Bush became the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to give federal workers an extra half-day off at Christmas in a year when the holiday fell in the middle of the work week. But for those who represent federal employees, the gesture was too little, too late. ...

E-gov projects face struggle for full funding

December 19, 2002 The electronic government bill President Bush signed Tuesday authorizes hundreds of millions of dollars in spending on interagency e-gov initiatives, but now agencies must convince congressional appropriators that such projects deserve the full level of funding authorized in the legislation. Compared with the approximately $50 billion the government spends on ...