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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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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 ...

State, Justice haggle over criteria to deny visas

November 6, 2002 The Justice and State departments can't agree on how much evidence is needed to deny visas to foreign applicants, making it easier for terrorists to enter the country's borders, according to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley sent letters last week to Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John ...

Shipyards, depots unable to calculate cost of Navy intranet

November 6, 2002 Shipyards and air depots are having a hard time estimating the cost of implementing the Navy's multibillion dollar intranet, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Officials have not decided who will pay for various transitional costs, and "as a result, the shipyards' and depots' ability to effectively plan ...

Interior Department headquarters reopens after asbestos scare

November 4, 2002 The Interior Department headquarters reopened Monday morning after officials determined that the elevated asbestos levels that caused a shutdown of the building on Friday were confined to the cafeteria and an adjoining office supply store. On Friday, more than 2,000 Interior Department employees were forced to evacuate the building, located ...

Elections will bring new leaders in key civil service posts

November 4, 2002 Congress will lose at least two, and possibly three, lawmakers on Tuesday who have championed the rights of federal workers and crusaded for federal management reforms. Rep. Steve Horn, R-Calif., chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, and Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., ranking ...

GAO says agencies protect personal data

October 31, 2002 Federal agencies that collect personal information from the public usually take the right steps to protect privacy, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. From March 2001 to July this year, GAO looked at how four agencies-the Agriculture, Education, Labor and State departments-gather and maintain the personal ...

Report praises federal e-gov efforts, but urges agencies to measure results

October 30, 2002 Federal agencies have implemented innovative e-government projects in the past year, but need to focus on measuring the success of those initiatives to win steady funding from Congress, according to a report released Wednesday by an Arlington, Va.-based think tank. The report, published by the Performance Institute, a think tank ...

Personnel officials weigh creating separate training budgets

October 29, 2002 Federal human resources experts said Tuesday that agencies may be able to protect funds for employee training from budget cuts if the spending is designated with a separate line item in their budgets. But this strategy can backfire if it draws attention to the funds. Most agencies would like to ...