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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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Government again fails to get its financial books in order

January 17, 2013 The government has once again failed its overall audit, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. The poor performance comes at a time when strong financial management is especially important, the watchdog agency noted. “Reliable financial and performance information is even more critical as (1) federal managers likely face increasingly tight...

Panetta orders civilian hiring freeze, contract delays

January 10, 2013 The Pentagon will begin to take “prudent measures” in the coming weeks to prepare for a possible perfect storm of budget cuts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during a press briefing Thursday. Those precautions include a civilian hiring freeze, delaying some contract awards and trimming non-essential facilities maintenance, he said....

Will feds get an extra day off on Christmas Eve?

November 28, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday, Dec. 21, issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. History suggests that President Obama is likely to give federal employees a Christmas present this year: an extra day off on Dec. 24. The White House has not yet...

TSA employees get whistleblower protections

November 27, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday signed into law a bill that expands safeguards for federal employees who report waste, fraud or abuse. The bill (S. 743), which cleared its last congressional hurdle earlier this month, grants whistleblower protections for employees who lacked them before, including Transportation...

Head of the SEC steps down

November 26, 2012 One of the longest-serving heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that she will step down in December. In a statement on her departure, Chairwoman Mary Schapiro touted her record on enforcement and rulemaking. She also praised SEC’s employees. “I’ve been so amazed by how hard the men...

TSP funds march slowly upward in July

August 1, 2012 All but one of the five basic funds in the Thrift Savings Plan grew in July, albeit very slightly. The C Fund, invested in common stocks on Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, boasted the highest returns for the month, at just 1.4 percent. It has grown 11.12 percent in 2012....

Around Government

August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch...

Romney accused of planning big pay cut for feds

July 27, 2012 A plan from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to align public and private sector compensation could mean as much as a 40 percent decrease in pay for federal employees, an Obama spokesman told USA Today. "To pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, [Romney] drastically cuts pay for the...

OPM touts progress on disability hiring

July 26, 2012 The federal government now boasts more workers with disabilities than at any time in the past two decades, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Executive branch agencies employed 204,189 people with disabilities in fiscal 2011, representing 11 percent of the total federal workforce, OPM said in a report on...

GSA suspends hiring, drastically scales back executive bonuses

July 17, 2012 This story has been updated. The General Services Administration has decided to temporarily freeze hiring and significantly cut bonuses for senior officials as it continues a review of its operations, the agency’s acting leader announced Tuesday. The first three months of the review, prompted by revelations of extravagant spending during...

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