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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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Thrift Savings Plan G Fund Investments Suspended As Debt Ceiling Is Reached

March 17, 2017 The federal employee Thrift Savings Plan has officially suspended investments into its government securities (G) fund to help keep the United States from defaulting on its debts until Congress raises the debt ceiling. The debt limit had been statutorily suspended through Wednesday. “Beginning on Thursday, March 16, 2017, the outstanding...

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

March 16, 2017 President Trump's so-called "skinny" budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 puts just about all non-defense agencies on a strict diet. There is still, however, some variation in the severity. The Environmental Protection Agency fared even worse than anticipated, with a proposed reduction of $2.6 billion, or 31 percent over enacted fiscal...

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Limits on Federal Employee Job Searches?

March 8, 2017 More than a quarter of federal employees are at least considering leaving their jobs with the recent change in presidential administrations, according to a GovExec.com/Government Business Council poll conducted in January. That doesn’t even account for employees who might be looking for a change of pace regardless of who is...

White House Says Kellyanne Conway's Ethics Violation Was a One-Time Mistake

March 1, 2017 The White House does not appear to be bowing to pressure to discipline special counselor Kellyanne Conway for her recent on-air endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, according to news reports Wednesday. Conway’s plug on Fox News from the White House press briefing room to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” was...

House Oversight Leaders Push Trump to Name OPM Chief Quickly

February 7, 2017 A bipartisan group of House oversight leaders is urging President Trump to move quickly in nominating a permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management. The personnel agency needs a “strong and capable” leader fast, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member Elijah...

Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Name a Single Trump Cabinet Pick

January 10, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump might be a celebrity, but a new survey indicates that his picks for Cabinet and other high-level positions have a long way to go toward achieving widespread name-recognition. Just over one-third of Americans (34 percent) surveyed by the Pew Research Center last week were able to name...

Federal Employee Retirement Funds Finish 2016 Strong

January 3, 2017 All of the funds in the federal employee retirement savings plan ended 2016 in the black, with some boasting double digit growth for the year. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, gained 1.81 percent in December and was up 16.35 percent in 2016. That...

Open Season for Dental and Vision Benefits Is Extended Until Wednesday

December 13, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management has extended the open season for making changes to dental and vision insurance benefits by two days. Federal workers now have until midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to enroll in, change or cancel their dental and vision benefits, OPM announced. The original cutoff was Monday...

Federal Employees in Two Cities in Line for Bigger Pay Raises

October 28, 2016 The Federal Salary Council on Friday voted to give two new regions their own locality pay rates starting in 2018, amounting to a pay increase for federal workers in those areas. San Antonio, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., would receive their own locality designations under the newly approved plan, rather than...

How’s Work-Life Balance at Your Agency? Uncle Sam Wants to Know

October 26, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management early next year will administer its first survey on how federal employees across government feel about their work-life balance. The survey -- announced Tuesday -- comes in response to a June 2014 memorandum from President Obama directing agencies to maximize use of telework and other...

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