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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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Airport Bullies

June 23, 2010 By Dawn Lim New York Times readers aren't too thrilled with TSA's screening personnel. Passengers wish "some screeners at the body scan machines were nicer and did not order travelers around as if they were jailhouse perps," writes Joe Sharkey. One reader told Sharkey she "felt as if she were ...

What Makes a Good Budget Chief?

June 22, 2010 What qualities do you think President Obama should look for in picking a successor to Peter Orszag?

Orszag Is Out

June 22, 2010 Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag plans to step down in July, making him the first Obama Cabinet official to leave, according to a Bloomberg report. The departure isn't altogether unexpected; according to Bloomberg, the budget chief tried to leave in April but stayed on at the ...

And the Answer Is ...

June 21, 2010 E, all of the above, for those of you who hazarded a guess at my earlier question on weapons used against census workers. If that's not disturbing enough, consider that the crossbow came out only after the angry Californian mentioned his submachine gun, and -- more broadly speaking -- that ...

Anti-Census Sentiment

June 21, 2010 It's no secret that census takers are in a dangerous line of work. But you may be surprised at just how risky their jobs have gotten as they go door-to-door trying to reach some of the more elusive households. The Washington Post reports there have been 379 assaults or threats ...

TSP seeks to administer death benefits more efficiently

June 18, 2010 The board that manages the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement plan on Friday proposed a regulation to speed the processing of death benefits, reduce errors and prevent fraud. The draft rule, published in the Federal Register, would require Thrift Savings Plan participants to include details such as account numbers, Social Security ...

Feds get time off to care for domestic partners, but not pets

June 14, 2010 Federal employees can now officially take leave to care for ill domestic partners. In a final rule published in the Federal Register on Monday, the Office of Personnel Management clarified that partners of the same and the opposite sex count as family members for the purposes of sick leave, funeral ...

Pay-freeze pitches are ‘demoralizing,’ says Virginia Democrat

June 10, 2010 Proposals to freeze federal employees' pay might make good headlines in lawmakers' home districts, but they are "demoralizing" to public servants, a Virginia Democrat said on Thursday. Such proposals also make it that much harder for the government to compete against the private sector for talent, said Rep. Gerry Connolly, ...

Obama picks Pentagon official as intelligence chief

June 4, 2010 President Obama is expected to name a senior Pentagon official to be the next intelligence chief, the Associated Press and other news sources reported on Friday. The president on Saturday will nominate Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the director of national intelligence, according to AP. Clapper ...

Panel endorses performance-based pay for Defense intelligence employees

June 2, 2010 An independent panel has concluded that the Defense Department should move forward with its performance-based pay system for civilian intelligence employees, after making significant adjustments in implementation to address issues such as employee mistrust of the ratings process. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System is soundly designed and there is ...