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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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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...

Timeline: Obama’s efforts to tame the bureaucracy

July 10, 2012 During the 2008 presidential campaigns, critics were quick to point out Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience leading large organizations. Three years into his term, some say the president has indeed faced a steep learning curve, as senior correspondent Charles S. Clark reported in the July issue of...

House considers yet another pay freeze measure

June 7, 2012 House lawmakers are making sure they have all their bases covered in their efforts to freeze federal employees’ salaries for another year. The chamber on Wednesday began debating the fiscal 2013 Homeland Security spending bill, which does not provide funding for President Obama’s proposed 0.5 percent civilian pay hike. The...

Pricey awards program paraded as new example of GSA excess

April 6, 2012 This story has been updated. In addition to its over-the-top 2010 Las Vegas conference, the General Services Administration ran a “Hats Off Store” awards program that doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in iPods, digital cameras and other expensive gifts to Public Buildings Service employees, according to an audit...

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