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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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How Many Jobs Would Obama’s Budget Add at Your Agency?

February 9, 2016 President Obama’s $4.1 trillion fiscal 2017 budget proposal released Tuesday would add 30,700 jobs to the federal civilian workforce, marking a 1.5 percent increase over estimated employment levels this year. That is just slightly lower than the 1.6 percent increase Obama requested in the fiscal 2016 budget. The biggest percentage...

Another Grim Month for TSP Returns

February 1, 2016 All of the stock-based funds in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement program closed out January in the red. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, lost the most ground. It was down 8.72 percent for January, and its performance over the past 12 months was...

Here’s Everything Feds Need to Know About Tuesday’s GOP Debate

November 10, 2015 The eight Republican presidential candidates leading in the polls took the stage during prime time on Tuesday evening for their fourth debate focused on the U.S. economy, hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. The candidates touched on a range of topics affecting federal employees, including...

Senators Want to Make Sure Federal 'Tax Cheats' Don't Get Bonuses

October 30, 2015 A bipartisan group of senators is resurrecting an effort to ensure that federal employees who are delinquent on their taxes or engaged in other types of misconduct do not get bonuses. The No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act requires the Treasury secretary to withhold bonuses from Internal Revenue Service employees...

Retirement Savings in TSP Have a Bad Month, Again

October 1, 2015 August was a bad month for the retirement funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan, and September was not a whole lot better, according to monthly returns released Thursday. The only two offerings that ended last month in the black were government securities, which grew 0.18 percent for September,...

Watchdog: VA Reassigned Senior Officials to Sidestep Pay Freeze

September 28, 2015 Veterans Benefits Administration managers reassigned senior executives to get around a pay freeze, and also paid many of those executives unjustified relocation incentives, according to a new report from the Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general. VBA spent a total of about $1.8 million on 23 reassignments from fiscal 2013 to...

Federal Employee Retirement Funds Tank in August

September 1, 2015 As might be expected given the recent turmoil in the stock market, August was a bad month for the retirement funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan. The government securities (G) fund was the only option that ended the month in the black, scraping by with 0.18 percent growth...

Which Federal Offices Care the Most About Employees’ Health and Wellness?

July 22, 2015 Federal agencies are doing a better job of looking out for their employees’ health and wellness, but could do more in some areas such as encouraging healthy eating, the Office of Personnel Management said in a recently released memo. Strengths identified in an assessment of 2014 health and wellness programs...

Feds Dodge Proposed Cut to Their TSP Benefits

July 21, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees appear to have dodged one potential cut to their retirement benefits, for now. Changes in the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities (G) fund were not part of a deal senators announced Tuesday on a six-year extension of highway...

There Were 8.8M Calls the IRS Didn’t Even Try to Answer in 2015

July 16, 2015 The 2015 tax filing season went really well for taxpayers -- so long as they had no questions about their returns or were able to hire help. That was one conclusion of a mid-year report to Congress released Wednesday by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. Given its significant budgetary constraints,...