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Amelia Gruber

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.
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.
Pay & Benefits

House Appropriators Propose 3.1% Civilian Pay Raise for 2020, Reject OPM-GSA Merger

Initial version of the general government spending bill ignores President Trump’s request for a pay freeze.

Pay & Benefits

What You Need to Know About TSP's New Withdrawal Options

Changes coming in mid-September will allow participants more flexibility in how they take money out of their retirement savings accounts.

Pay & Benefits

U.S. Postal Employees’ Retirement Assets Are Invested More Cautiously Than Those of Their Foreign Counterparts

Legally mandated strategy is not risky, but also does not produce high returns that might help reduce a gap in pension assets and liabilities, report notes.

Management

TSA Braces for 4% Increase in Summer Travelers Amid Staffing Woes

Low pay and limited career opportunities are contributing to high turnover at the agency, investigators have found.

Oversight

Senators Renew Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Federal Retirees from Benefits Fraud

Bill approved by Senate oversight panel would make it a felony for retiree representatives to misuse FERS or CSRS funds.

Pay & Benefits

Trump's Budget Proposes Staffing Increases at All But 2 Cabinet-Level Agencies

Agency-by-agency job gains (or losses) under the White House’s 2020 request.

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Pay & Benefits

Bill Would Give Feds Immediate Financial Relief From Shutdown Through $6,000 Loans

Legislation is a common-sense follow-up to guaranteeing furloughed feds back pay once government reopens, sponsors say.

Pay & Benefits

Agency Leaders Urged to Support Federal Employee Job Satisfaction Survey

Widespread participation in the anonymous annual questionnaire is critical to measuring how employees view their leaders, jobs and compensation, OPM director says.

Management

Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump's 2019 Budget

Most civilian agencies would see substantial decreases from 2017 spending.

Management

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

Workforce estimates vary widely, from a 25 percent loss at the Environmental Protection Agency to a 21.3 percent increase at Commerce.

Pay & Benefits

What Feds Furloughed During the Shutdown Need to Know About Their Back Pay and Leave

OPM puts out a memo clarifying how federal workers sent home during the shutdown will be compensated.

Management

Shutdown Will Continue Monday, Triggering Furloughs for Hundreds of Thousands of Feds

Without a budget deal, many government employees and contractors will report to work Monday only to close down operations.

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Management

How Many Jobs Would Your Agency Lose Under Trump's 2018 Budget?

Most of the major agencies would see significant workforce reductions, with a few exceptions such as the Defense Department.

Pay & Benefits

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

Participants in the retirement plan should rest assured that their account balances will not be affected, TSP officials said.

Management

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

Most non-defense agencies would see reductions under the president's proposal. The only question is the magnitude of the cuts.

Management

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

You might be surprised at what is and isn't considered seeking employment in the most recent ethics rules.

Oversight

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

The special counselor broke the rules inadvertently with her on-air plug of Ivanka's fashion line, official tells ethics office.

Oversight

House Oversight Leaders Push Trump to Name OPM Chief Quickly

Human resources agency needs a “strong and capable” director fast, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say.