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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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Defense pushes for more flexibility to manage civilian employees

March 14, 2003 A Pentagon official earlier this week asked Congress for more flexibility to hire civilian workers faster and convert military jobs to civilian status when warranted. "We are working to promote a culture in the Defense Department that rewards unconventional thinking-a climate where people have freedom and flexibility to take risks...

Web portal sole federal finalist for public service award

March 13, 2003 A Web site that gives the public access to a wide array of government services and information is the only federal project among 15 finalists for the annual Innovations in American Government Award. FirstGov, administered by the General Services Administration, and 14 other finalists were selected from a pool of...

Former Los Alamos officials deny accusations of mismanagement

March 12, 2003 Former managers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico told lawmakers Wednesday that they fired two investigators in November because of poor work performance, not because they blew the whistle on widespread fraud and theft at the lab. The ex-managers who testified voluntarily before the House Energy and Commerce...

Report says aid agency should focus on career development, training

March 11, 2003 The agency charged with delivering aid to developing countries could keep its workers more satisfied by giving them better career guidance and expanding training opportunities, according to a new research report. Improving mentoring programs and allowing more training would boost employee morale at the United States Agency for International Development...

New software aims to monitor Navy intranet, prevent glitches

March 10, 2003 New technology will enable the Navy and Marine Corps to better monitor progress on a project to consolidate its computer systems into a single, massive intranet and will help prevent the system from crashing, officials said Friday. In October 2000, Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) won a five-year contract to...

Three former officials call for fewer political appointees

March 6, 2003 Three former political appointees told House lawmakers Thursday that reducing the number of appointees would help the government run more efficiently and improve the morale of career civil servants. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala...

Customs project moves ahead despite management challenges, official says

March 5, 2003 Inadequate funding rather than poor management will be to blame if a five-year, $1.3 billion import processing system in the Homeland Security Department's Border and Transportation Security Directorate is not completed by 2007, the project's director said Wednesday. The former Customs Service is making progress on the Automated Commercial Environment...

EEOC could save money by streamlining operations, report says

March 3, 2003 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could save money by streamlining services, moving or closing some field offices, encouraging flexible work arrangements and investing in new technology, according to a new report from the National Academy of Public Administration. Faced with rising costs and a modest budget, the EEOC is having...

Defense should focus on procurement, civilian workforce, official says

February 28, 2003 To maintain the agile and well-equipped forces needed to win the war on terrorism, the Defense Department should make procurement strategies a higher priority and devote more attention to managing its civilian workforce, a Pentagon official told participants at a management conference Wednesday. The military cannot possibly prepare for every...

Managers share frustrations over linking performance, budgets

February 27, 2003 At a town-hall style forum Tuesday, federal managers said they support the notion of linking agencies' budgets to their ability to meet performance goals, but think the current process is badly flawed. The forum, hosted by the Performance Institute, an Arlington-based think tank, allowed federal managers to share stories of...

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