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Amelia Gruber

Amelia Gruber

Managing 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.
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.
Pay & Benefits

It Could Soon Get Even Easier for Feds to Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness

The Education Department has proposed a package of regulatory reforms aimed at making loan forgiveness programs more accessible.

Pay & Benefits

Some Federal Employee Retirement Funds Made Up a Little Ground in March

Three of the TSP’s five basic funds ended the month up and all of the lifecycle funds were in the black.

Management

Biden Wants to Give Nearly Every Agency a Big Budget Boost. How Much Would Your Agency Get?

All of the Cabinet level agencies would see an increase in discretionary funding under the president’s $5.8 trillion fiscal 2023 budget request.

Management

Two Years Later: How the Pandemic Has Changed the Jobs and Lives of Some Federal Workers

Readers share the challenges–and silver linings–of working and keeping themselves, their families and their colleagues safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pay & Benefits

New Pay Tables Released: Calculate Your 2022 Raise

The average increase will be 2.7% for civilian employees, but the exact figure will vary based on where you live. 

Pay & Benefits

What Federal Employees Should Know About Their Pay If There Is a Shutdown at the End of This Month

Unlike previous closures, furloughed workers would be guaranteed retroactive compensation once government reopens. 

Pay & Benefits

Federal Employees Sing Telework’s Praises, Want to Continue After the Pandemic

Survey results show those who have been doing their jobs remotely are happier and feel they are just as productive. 

Management

How Much Would Your Agency’s Budget Increase Under Biden’s Fiscal 2022 Request?

All but one major agency would see an increase under the president’s proposal. 

Pay & Benefits

Feds Are Likely to Get a Half-Day Off on Christmas Eve This Year

President Obama gave civil servants an extra half-day off on Dec. 24 the last two times Christmas fell on a Friday. 

Workforce

What Feds Teleworking During the Pandemic Need to Know About Complying With the Hatch Act

Special counsel releases guidance on what counts as “on duty” while working from home, and what not to do during video conferences.

Workforce

White House Asks Agencies to Stop All Travel That Is Not Mission Critical 

Work trips to areas with community spread of the virus should only be undertaken if they are critical to protecting life and property, OMB says. 

Workforce

Would Your Agency Gain Jobs Under Trump's 2021 Budget?

While the budget request cuts spending at many agencies, the numbers of full-time employees aren't expected to drop as much.

Management

How Would Your Agency Fare Under President Trump’s Fiscal 2021 Budget?

All but five major agencies would be slated to receive spending decreases, with many dropping by double-digit percentages.

Pay & Benefits

House Appropriators Propose 3.1% Civilian Pay Raise for 2020, Reject OPM-GSA Merger

Initial version of the general government spending bill ignores President Trump’s request for a pay freeze.

Pay & Benefits

What You Need to Know About TSP's New Withdrawal Options

Changes coming in mid-September will allow participants more flexibility in how they take money out of their retirement savings accounts.

Pay & Benefits

U.S. Postal Employees’ Retirement Assets Are Invested More Cautiously Than Those of Their Foreign Counterparts

Legally mandated strategy is not risky, but also does not produce high returns that might help reduce a gap in pension assets and liabilities, report notes.