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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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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 ...

Ex-appointees seek overhaul of confirmation process

November 20, 2002 As the Bush administration prepares to name more than two dozen appointees to newly created posts at the Homeland Security Department, a group of former appointees is pressuring the administration and Congress to streamline the appointments process. The Presidential Appointee Initiative at the Brookings Institution has gathered 221 signatures on ...

House passes e-government bill

November 15, 2002 The House on Thursday passed legislation that creates a national e-government office and a federal e-government fund for interagency information technology projects. The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Turner, D-Texas, and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., would make permanent an office of e-government within the Office of Management ...

Agriculture Department to meet debt collection goal

November 15, 2002 The Agriculture Department has improved its debt collection over the past year, and expects to refer most of its delinquent debts to the Treasury Department by the end of 2002, officials at a House hearing said Wednesday. Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Efficiency, ...

Treasury needs more reliable system to track computers, IG says

November 12, 2002 Three Treasury Department agencies need to conduct more reliable inventories of their computers to better guard against loss or theft, according to reports by Treasury's inspector general. The IG reports, released earlier this fall, were based on interviews with managers and evaluations of inventory procedures from February to August at ...

Online courses at Defense provide purchase card training

November 7, 2002 More than 4,000 Defense Department employees have already completed an online government purchase card tutorial that was introduced in late August, a Defense official said Thursday. The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and Continuous Learning Center's Web tutorial provides Defense workers, managers and contractors with 10 lessons on the guidelines and ...