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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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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 ...

Bush signs TSP catch-up contributions bill

December 3, 2002 President Bush signed a bill last Wednesday that will allow federal workers aged 50 or older to contribute more money to their Thrift Savings Plan accounts. The Senate passed the legislation on Nov. 13. The bill, introduced by Rep. Connie Morella, R-Md., who lost her bid for re-election in November, ...

Agencies improve on Bush management scorecard

December 2, 2002 Six agencies improved their performance over the last quarter of fiscal 2002 in at least one of the five key areas identified in the president's management agenda, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The six graduated from red to yellow in one of the five categories included in ...

Report says OSHA needs to improve management to ensure safety

December 2, 2002 The agency charged with protecting 120 million U.S. workers from work injuries needs to do a better job ensuring safety at the country's most hazardous work sites, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. At about half of the hazardous work sites, inspectors from the Occupational Safety ...

GAO: Scrapping visa program at State could hurt more than help

November 26, 2002 Eliminating the State Department's visa waiver program would not necessarily improve national security and could stretch the agency's resources thin, according to a new report by the General Accounting Office. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress, the Bush administration and law enforcement officials expressed fears that terrorists might exploit the ...

Former Education Department official, e-gov pioneer dies

November 25, 2002 Greg Woods, a former Education Department official who helped lead efforts to make the federal government more citizen-friendly, died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday. Woods, 59, was the former chief operating officer of the Education Department's Federal Student Aid (FSA) office and one of the pioneers of the electronic government ...

Agencies continue to wage war on jargon

November 21, 2002 It may not be readily apparent from a glance at the Federal Register, but many agencies are continuing to fight the long-running battle to get federal employees to use simple, direct language in communicating with the public. Officials from a range of agencies gathered Thursday at a forum sponsored by ...

Human resources managers share hiring strategies

November 21, 2002 Some agencies are trying to attract new employees and keep current ones happy with fresh strategies that include signing bonuses for business school graduates and mentoring programs for potential senior executives. Last Thursday, human resources managers from the General Accounting Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Education and Labor ...