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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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Online security clearance forms on track for June debut

June 4, 2003 As promised in March, federal workers will be able to file security clearance forms electronically by the end of June, an Office of Personnel official said Wednesday. The e-clearance project, one of 24 electronic government initiatives supported by the president's management agenda, is running on schedule, according to Norm Enger,...

TSA chief says screener background checks complete by fall

June 3, 2003 The head of the Transportation Security Administration Tuesday told lawmakers concerned about the trustworthiness of current passenger screeners that the agency plans to finish background checks by Oct. 1 on the roughly 60,000 screeners hired last year. In rush to hire and train screeners who handle approximately 600 million passengers...

GAO publishes guide on preventing purchase card abuse

June 2, 2003 Missing or altered documents and unexplained transactions are two of several signs that should alert federal agencies to purchase card abuse, according to a draft guide released Friday by the General Accounting Office. The guide requested by Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., former chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on...

IGs to keep closer watch on financial management, contracting, security

May 30, 2003 Agency inspectors general plan to increase their focus on financial management, contract oversight and homeland security measures, they told President Bush in their recently released annual report. Even though a record number of agencies received clean audits for fiscal 2002, "much more needs to be done to improve the quality,...

GAO: Despite agency efforts, rail shipments remain vulnerable to attack

May 29, 2003 Train cars carrying hazardous materials to their destination remain vulnerable to accidents and terrorist attacks, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, private rail transport companies, the Transportation Department and the Transportation Security Administration, now part of the Homeland Security Department, have...

Management of nuclear lab program draws mixed reviews

May 28, 2003 A program to maintain and upgrade nuclear weapons facilities is poorly managed, the Energy Department inspector general's office reported recently. But in February, the Office of Management and Budget rated the same program positively in an assessment that ties performance to agency budgets. According to a May report from Energy's...

Under new budget process, Defense to focus on financial management

May 27, 2003 The streamlined budget process announced by Defense Undersecretary Dov Zakheim last week should free up extra time for managers to address the financial issues that have prevented the department from receiving clean audits, a Defense spokesman said Tuesday. Under the new budget system unveiled on May 22, Defense managers will...

NASA chief: Shuttle program likely to resume in near future

May 22, 2003 NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe on Thursday reaffirmed his agency's desire to resume space shuttle flights by late fall or early next year. So far, an investigation of the Columbia tragedy has not unearthed any "show stoppers," O'Keefe said at a breakfast hosted by the Republican Main Street Partnership, a moderate...

Widely criticized EPA administrator resigns

May 21, 2003 Christine Todd Whitman, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator who during her two and a half year tenure has often found herself at odds with environmentalists and the Bush administration, announced her resignation on Tuesday afternoon. In a May 20 resignation letter, Whitman said she would step down as EPA administrator...

Federal employees less charitable last year

May 20, 2003 Civil servants donated $236.9 million to charities in the fall 2002 Combined Federal Campaign, about 2 percent less than the $241.4 million pledged the year before, according to figures released Monday by the Office of Personnel Management. Federal employee participation in the fundraiser also fell. About 35 percent of government...

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