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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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GAO: Defense lacks data to measure success of ad campaigns

September 24, 2003 The Defense Department doesn't have enough information to measure the success of military recruiting campaigns, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Over the past five years, the Pentagon has almost doubled the amount of money it spends on advertising and marketing, the report (GAO-03-1005) said. Defense...

Senate allows new job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

September 23, 2003 Language added Tuesday to the Senate version of the Interior appropriations bill would allow the department to put more jobs up for bids, but also enables lawmakers to monitor the results of public-private job competitions at Interior. Senators approved the language, offered by Sens. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., and George Voinovich,...

OPM estimates of e-gov savings may be unrealistic

September 23, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management may have overstated the savings that can be achieved through its electronic government projects, a General Accounting Office official said Tuesday. Five e-government initiatives managed by OPM will generate about $2.7 billion in taxpayer savings "over [their] life," OPM Director Kay Coles James testified Tuesday...

Bush official warns against politicizing management agenda

September 22, 2003 The Bush administration runs the risk of discrediting the President's Management Agenda by touting its accomplishments in the upcoming presidential campaign, a key administration official said Monday. "Management is apolitical," said Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, at a luncheon in Washington hosted...

Leadership program readies federal managers for executive roles

September 19, 2003 The head of the American Red Cross on Wednesday urged nearly 160 graduates of a yearlong government leadership program to go out and "change the status quo" at their agencies, by setting a positive example for other employees and remaining confident in the face of controversy. "The reality is that...

Senator moves to bar new job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

September 18, 2003 During a Wednesday debate over the Interior appropriations bill, the Senate minority whip proposed language that would prevent the Interior Department and Forest Service from putting more federal jobs up for competition. The amendment, offered by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., would block Interior and the Forest Service (which is part...

Senator pushes temporary extension of FAA authorization

September 16, 2003 Legislation introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would extend airport construction and security funding for half a year, allowing lawmakers time to rethink a compromise version of the 2003 Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that leaves some air traffic controllers vulnerable to job competitions. Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced the...

OMB mulls scrapping Senate confirmation for chief financial officers

September 15, 2003 As part of an effort to streamline the presidential appointments process, the Bush administration is rethinking whether the Senate needs to confirm nominees for agency chief financial officer positions, an Office of Management and Budget official said last week. Of roughly 3,000 political appointments in the federal government, about 500...

Seven agencies lauded for exceptional performance reports

September 12, 2003 The Association of Government Accountants on Friday recognized seven federal agencies for presenting clear, concise performance reports describing finances and progress toward strategic goals. AGA, a 16,000-member professional group, praised award recipients for publishing exceptional fiscal 2002 Performance and Accountability Reports-summaries of financial health and program results mandated by the...

Immigration services job competition moves forward

September 11, 2003 Recent protests by lawmakers and an array of interest groups have not changed the Homeland Security Department's plans to put immigration services jobs up for competition within the next 10 months, according to a department spokesman. "A decision has been made, and we are moving forward," said Russ Knocke, a...