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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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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 ...

Federal agencies slip slightly on customer satisfaction survey

December 17, 2002 The public's overall satisfaction with government services fell slightly from an all-time high last year, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index, released Monday. Federal agencies earned a score of 70.2 out of a possible 100 points in 2002, down roughly 1.5 percent from last year's score of 71.3. ...

Defense management reforms take shape, report finds

December 16, 2002 Most of the initiatives in a 1997 plan to reshape the Defense Department's management strategy have been folded into Defense's 2001 strategic plan and are moving forward, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Five projects outlined in the 1997 Defense Reform Initiative have been completed, and 35 more ...

E-government projects aim to simplify paperwork for feds

December 13, 2002 Some of the administration's e-government initiatives will put pay and other human resources information online, making life much easier for federal employees, an Office of Management and Budget official said Friday. At least six of the administration's 24 e-government initiatives will put electronic training, travel, records management and payroll resources ...

Congress urged to give agencies more personnel flexibilities

December 12, 2002 Agencies can do a better job attracting and retaining a high quality workforce if their personnel offices are granted more flexibility, according to a new General Accounting Office report. "Federal agencies are experiencing pervasive human capital challenges in acquiring and developing staffs to meet current and emerging agency needs," the ...

Report says agencies need to improve firefighting safety

December 10, 2002 Agencies responsible for battling forest fires from the sky must work together to ensure the equipment they use is safe and firefighters are properly trained, according to a new report. A more cohesive and thorough approach to inspecting aircraft would help prevent accidents similar to two fatal plane crashes during ...

Science.gov makes research more accessible to the public

December 9, 2002 A new federal Web site aims to make scientific information gathered by different agencies more accessible to the public. The site, www.science.gov, is an offshoot of Firstgov.gov, and is especially useful because it houses information under one roof from the multiple agencies that perform scientific research, said Eleanor Frierson, deputy ...

Treasury secretary, Bush economic adviser resign

December 6, 2002 Two members of President Bush's economic team resigned Friday, amid growing concerns about the sluggish economy. The resignations of Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey coincided with the Labor Department's release of unemployment figures for November. Jobless rates rose to 6 percent last month, up ...

Integrated IT network in new agency worth expense

December 5, 2002 The benefits of creating an integrated homeland security network will far outweigh the costs, technology industry representatives said on Thursday. Getting an integrated IT network up and running will be expensive, according to Christopher Baum, vice president and research area director for Gartner Research, an information technology consulting company. But ...

Agencies report progress in high-risk management areas

December 4, 2002 Nearly 80 percent of major federal agencies have made progress over the past two years in addressing their biggest management challenges, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. GAO has periodically identified "high-risk" government operations-federal agencies and programs vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement-since 1990. Beginning ...