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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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TSA Braces for 4% Increase in Summer Travelers Amid Staffing Woes

May 24, 2019 The Transportation Security Administration is planning to boost its staff by more than 2,000 officers as it heads into what it predicts will be the busiest summer travel season it has experienced. In addition to the staff increases, TSA will provide a 20% increase in overtime funds and has deployed...

Senators Renew Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Federal Retirees from Benefits Fraud

May 23, 2019 Senators are again working across the aisle to prevent financial representatives from taking advantage of federal retirees. The bipartisan Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act (S. 1430) would impose stricter penalties to deter retiree representatives from misusing their clients’ Federal Employees Retirement System or Civil Service Retirement System benefits. The Senate...

Trump's Budget Proposes Staffing Increases at All But 2 Cabinet-Level Agencies

March 18, 2019 In a sharp reversal from recent years, President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget would increase employment at all but two Cabinet-level agencies, according to details released on Monday. The Agriculture and Interior departments would still see slight reductions in full-time equivalent employees, figures in the Analytical Perspectives section of the budget...

Bill Would Give Feds Immediate Financial Relief From Shutdown Through $6,000 Loans

January 17, 2019 As the shutdown drags on into its 27th day, lawmakers are attempting to alleviate some of the financial pain felt by affected federal employees. A bill introduced by newly-elected Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif., on Thursday would offer employees at shuttered agencies a no-interest loan of up to $6,000 to help...

Agency Leaders Urged to Support Federal Employee Job Satisfaction Survey

April 6, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management earlier this week announced the next round of an annual survey to gauge how federal employees governmentwide really feel about their jobs, managers, pay and benefits. The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will be distributed in two waves beginning the first week of May, recently...

Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump's 2019 Budget

February 12, 2018 Most agencies would experience relatively large cuts under President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request released Monday. At the top of the list, the Environmental Protection Agency would take a 33.7 percent hit from enacted 2017 spending levels. The State Department would see a 26.9 percent cut. Gains would come at...

How Many Employees Would Your Agency Lose (or Gain) Under Trump's Budget?

February 12, 2018 President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request is light on detail about the reorganization plans agencies were required to submit to the Office of Management and Budget last fall, discussing instead much broader pay and civil service reforms. The proposal does, however, offer some hint as to the magnitude of workforce...

What Feds Furloughed During the Shutdown Need to Know About Their Back Pay and Leave

January 25, 2018 When Congress passed a bill Monday to reopen the government after a three-day lapse in appropriations, lawmakers also approved back pay for federal employees who were sent home during the shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday put out a memo to agency chief human capital officers to clarify...

Shutdown Will Continue Monday, Triggering Furloughs for Hundreds of Thousands of Feds

January 21, 2018 Lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach a budget compromise that would allow federal agencies to return to normal operations on Monday following a funding lapse that took effect at midnight Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the floor Sunday night to announce that the chamber would vote...

Federal Retirees to Receive Biggest Cost-of-Living Bump Since 2012

October 13, 2017 Federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 2 percent next year, the largest boost since 2012. The increase—which applies to all retirees receiving Social Security benefits and not just federal retirees—was welcome news to retiree advocates, coming off two years of minimal or no growth. Federal retirees received a...