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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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Homeland Security finance law unnecessary, official says

October 9, 2003 Legislation designed to enhance financial management and accountability at the Homeland Security Department is well-intentioned but unnecessary, a key department official said Wednesday. Without any prompting from Congress, Homeland Security has already made significant progress on consolidating its agencies' financial management systems and producing accurate, timely financial statements, said Bruce...

Army Corps releases final agency reorganization plan

October 8, 2003 The Army Corps of Engineers released its final agency reorganization plan Tuesday, leaving out a recommendation that urged lawmakers to change the budget process for studies conducted by the agency. In a draft plan, the Corps outlined two recommendations that would have required legislative action. One was a request to...

Most agencies still fail to comply with financial law, GAO finds

October 7, 2003 Although 21 of 24 major agencies received clean opinions on their fiscal 2002 financial statements, at least 19 of those agencies were not in compliance with standards established by a key financial management law, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The agencies failed to meet requirements...

Agencies set widely varying job competition targets

October 6, 2003 Two months after the Bush administration eliminated governmentwide numerical targets for competitive sourcing, 21 agencies have settled on a wide range of individual goals, according to the Office of Management and Budget. On Friday, OMB issued a report on competitive sourcing developments since July, showing that agencies are aiming to...

Army Corps to release final reorganization plan next week

October 3, 2003 The Army Corps of Engineers next week will unveil its final agency reorganization plan, which is designed to increase efficiency and foster teamwork among employees, the head of the agency said Thursday. The overhaul, known as USACE 2012, will allow the Corps to eliminate about 20 percent of authorized jobs...

Tech officials troubled by lack of skilled federal IT managers

October 1, 2003 When Karen Evans takes over as the Office of Management and Budget's technology chief this month, she will face a shortage of well-trained federal IT project managers, according to panelists at a technology forum Tuesday. Evans, scheduled to begin her new job as early as next week, will inherit an...

State, DHS to share responsibility for training visa workers

September 30, 2003 The Homeland Security Department and the State Department formally agreed Monday to share responsibility for training and evaluating the performance of workers assigned to process and adjudicate visa applications at offices overseas. Under the memorandum of understanding signed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Secretary of State Colin Powell,...

Immigration officials defend contractor-operated call center

September 29, 2003 The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday defended its expanded use of a national call center, staffed mostly by contract employees, to answer questions about immigration benefits and applications. Union officials and groups representing lawyers have criticized the center for failing to provide timely and accurate answers to...

Federal employees win NIH job competition

September 26, 2003 Grants management assistants at the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday prevailed in a public-private job competition, but the agency's maintenance workers are still awaiting the outcome of a second A-76 study. An in-house team of 677 NIH employees who provide technical and administrative support for grants managers won a...

Provision in Defense bill could aid feds in job competitions

September 26, 2003 The final version of the Pentagon's fiscal 2004 budget bill includes language intended to level the playing field for in-house teams bidding on civilian Defense jobs. Under the legislation approved by Congress Thursday, civilian workers at Defense would receive a cost advantage in job competitions involving 10 or more employees....