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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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Three former officials call for fewer political appointees

March 6, 2003 Three former political appointees told House lawmakers Thursday that reducing the number of appointees would help the government run more efficiently and improve the morale of career civil servants. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala...

Customs project moves ahead despite management challenges, official says

March 5, 2003 Inadequate funding rather than poor management will be to blame if a five-year, $1.3 billion import processing system in the Homeland Security Department's Border and Transportation Security Directorate is not completed by 2007, the project's director said Wednesday. The former Customs Service is making progress on the Automated Commercial Environment...

EEOC could save money by streamlining operations, report says

March 3, 2003 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could save money by streamlining services, moving or closing some field offices, encouraging flexible work arrangements and investing in new technology, according to a new report from the National Academy of Public Administration. Faced with rising costs and a modest budget, the EEOC is having...

Defense should focus on procurement, civilian workforce, official says

February 28, 2003 To maintain the agile and well-equipped forces needed to win the war on terrorism, the Defense Department should make procurement strategies a higher priority and devote more attention to managing its civilian workforce, a Pentagon official told participants at a management conference Wednesday. The military cannot possibly prepare for every...

Managers share frustrations over linking performance, budgets

February 27, 2003 At a town-hall style forum Tuesday, federal managers said they support the notion of linking agencies' budgets to their ability to meet performance goals, but think the current process is badly flawed. The forum, hosted by the Performance Institute, an Arlington-based think tank, allowed federal managers to share stories of...

Whistleblowers testify on theft and mismanagement at Los Alamos

February 27, 2003 Two whistleblowers told lawmakers Wednesday that the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico will be vulnerable to theft and fraud until managers who allegedly covered up widespread problems are fired and a new leadership team is fully in place. The University of California runs the nuclear weapons lab for...

Agencies not ready for future recruiting challenges, researchers say

February 25, 2003 The sluggish economy has encouraged more job seekers to apply for civil service positions, creating a false sense of security and a dangerous sense of complacency at many federal recruiting offices, according to researchers at an Arlington-based think tank. Too many of the government's human resources officers point to a...

Managers should view contractors as partners, report says

February 24, 2003 Federal information technology managers should view contractors as partners and stay involved in project management even after the work is outsourced, according to a new report released Monday by the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government. Managers tend to concentrate too much on the initial steps of the outsourcing...

Agencies await new standards on executive performance ratings

February 21, 2003 Legislation passed last year to lift the cap on bonuses for federal executives cannot be implemented until oversight agencies finalize a set of standards to ensure that only the best are singled out for awards-a process that will stretch at least into next month, according to the Office of Personnel...

Survey finds CIOs worried about staff levels, funding

February 20, 2003 The government's top information technology officials are committed to protecting federal computer networks from hackers and developing user-friendly Web sites, but they are worried that insufficient funds and staffing problems could hamper their efforts, according to a recent survey. Federal IT leaders have focused on presenting solid business cases to...

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