Government Executive - Authors - Eric Katzhttp://www.govexec.comEric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.en-usWed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:33 -0400Feds Won’t be Able To Escape Their TSP Debt, Even By Leaving Government http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/feds-wont-be-able-escape-their-tsp-debt-even-leaving-government/83101/The agency that runs the retirement plan will be able to garnish up to 15 percent of former feds’ private sector wages to collect debt.Eric KatzWed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:33 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/feds-wont-be-able-escape-their-tsp-debt-even-leaving-government/83101/Pay & BenefitsAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock.comActually, the Army Will 'Involuntarily Separate' Officers http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/actually-army-will-involuntarily-separate-officers/83071/Spokesman walks back Tuesday’s claim Army would not lay anyone off.Eric KatzWed, 23 Apr 2014 13:49:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/actually-army-will-involuntarily-separate-officers/83071/DefenseSoldiers patrol near Kunduz, Afghanistan in 2013.Defense Department file photoThe IRS Gave $1 Million in Bonuses to Employees Who Didn’t Pay Their Taxeshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/irs-gave-1-million-in-bonuses/83026/Drug users, credit card cheats also received performance awards.Eric KatzTue, 22 Apr 2014 17:51:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/irs-gave-1-million-in-bonuses/83026/Pay & Benefitsiodrakon/Shutterstock.comSmithsonian Boosts Hipster Credentials to Save Endangered Specieshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/smithsonian-boosts-hipster-credentials-save-endangered-species/83005/National Zoo enlists indie band to make rare recording.Eric KatzTue, 22 Apr 2014 16:42:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/smithsonian-boosts-hipster-credentials-save-endangered-species/83005/News - FedblogThe Sumatran tiger is a critically endangered species.Wildphoto3/Shutterstock.comArmy Denies It Will Lay Off 3,000 Officers to Meet Force Reduction Goals http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/army-denies-it-will-lay-3000-officers-meet-force-reduction-goals/82993/Service could instead rely on retirements and fewer enlistments.Eric KatzTue, 22 Apr 2014 15:25:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/army-denies-it-will-lay-3000-officers-meet-force-reduction-goals/82993/DefenseUS Army flight medic SPC. Daniel Miller, right, stands guard as United States Marines place a colleague wounded in an IED strike into a waiting U.S. Army medevac helicopter. Kevin Frayer/AP File PhotoNo, the Postal Service Is Not 'Hoarding' Ammunition http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/no-postal-service-not-hoarding-ammunition/82915/USPS sets the record straight.Eric KatzMon, 21 Apr 2014 17:03:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/no-postal-service-not-hoarding-ammunition/82915/News - FedblogGeorge W. Bailey/Shutterstock.comA Lot of Americans Fear the Federal Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/lot-americans-fear-federal-government/82900/More than 70 percent of voters say Uncle Sam is too big.Eric KatzMon, 21 Apr 2014 14:48:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/lot-americans-fear-federal-government/82900/ManagementLightspring/Shutterstock.comThe IRS Isn’t Regulating Most of the People You Pay to File Your Taxeshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/irs-isnt-regulating-most-people-you-pay-file-your-taxes/82837/These tax 'preparers' are making a lot of mistakes, GAO finds.Eric KatzFri, 18 Apr 2014 15:55:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/irs-isnt-regulating-most-people-you-pay-file-your-taxes/82837/ManagementJ Pat Carter/APCould an Overhaul to the Federal Giving Drive Do More Harm Than Good? http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/could-overhaul-federal-giving-drive-do-more-harm-good/82765/Lawmakers worry changes could drive away charities, donors.Eric KatzThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:04:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/could-overhaul-federal-giving-drive-do-more-harm-good/82765/OversightDooder/Shutterstock.comEric Holder Doesn’t Deserve to Be Paid, Republican Lawmakers Sayhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/eric-holder-doesnt-deserve-be-paid-republican-lawmakers-say/82726/Group introduces bill to prohibit feds held in contempt of Congress from receiving their salaries.Eric KatzThu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/eric-holder-doesnt-deserve-be-paid-republican-lawmakers-say/82726/Pay & BenefitsManuel Balce Ceneta/APMore Than 15,000 Federal Employees Make at Least $200Khttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/more-15000-federal-employees-make-least-200k/82663/Top earning employees work at highly specialized agencies.Eric KatzThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/more-15000-federal-employees-make-least-200k/82663/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchMaryna Pleshkun/Shutterstock.comShould the IRS Outsource Collection of Tax Debt? http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/should-irs-outsource-collection-tax-debt/82585/Congress is considering bills to require the use of private sector companies.Eric KatzTue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/should-irs-outsource-collection-tax-debt/82585/ManagementThinkstockThe 15 Federal Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/15-federal-jobs-where-women-earn-more-men/82516/There were only three such positions in 1992.Eric KatzMon, 14 Apr 2014 16:57:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/15-federal-jobs-where-women-earn-more-men/82516/Pay & BenefitsLaw was the second profession on the list.Stanislav Tiplyashin/Shutterstock.comLawmaker Looks to Reform Agencies Without Hurting Their Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/lawmaker-looks-reform-agencies-without-hurting-their-employees/82495/Maine Democrat advocates more fed-friendly plans to overhaul VA and USPS management.Eric KatzMon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/lawmaker-looks-reform-agencies-without-hurting-their-employees/82495/OversightRep. Mike Michaud backs a gentler approach than Republican colleagues. Cliff Owen/APCharities Will Now Have to Pay a Fee to Participate in the Annual Federal Giving Drivehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/charities-will-now-have-pay-fee-participate-annual-federal-giving-drive/82420/Combined Federal Campaign overhaul will take effect in 2016.Eric KatzFri, 11 Apr 2014 17:14:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/charities-will-now-have-pay-fee-participate-annual-federal-giving-drive/82420/Pay & Benefitsphotastic/Shutterstock.comFeds and Their Managers Aren’t Seeing Eye-to-Eye on Much, Including Promotionshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/feds-and-their-managers-arent-seeing-eye-eye-promotions-other-workplace-issues/82417/Report shows large workforce assessment disparities between supervisors and their staffs.Eric KatzFri, 11 Apr 2014 17:14:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/feds-and-their-managers-arent-seeing-eye-eye-promotions-other-workplace-issues/82417/Management iodrakon/Shutterstock.comBlowing the Whistle at Your Agency May Have Just Gotten Easierhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/blowing-whistle-your-agency-may-have-just-gotten-easier/82318/Senator is creating a new caucus to ensure whistleblower protections are enforced.Eric KatzThu, 10 Apr 2014 15:44:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/blowing-whistle-your-agency-may-have-just-gotten-easier/82318/OversightSen. Chuck Grassley, R-IowaJ. Scott Applewhite/APObese Feds Can Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/obese-feds-will-now-have-their-diet-pills-covered/82228/OPM also wants to make it easier to receive bypass, lap band surgeries.Eric KatzThu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/obese-feds-will-now-have-their-diet-pills-covered/82228/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchatm2003/Shutterstock.comRepublicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reformhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-white-house-finally-agree-something-postal-reform/82132/Hearing showcases progress on ever-elusive USPS overhaul, though many hurdles remain.Eric KatzTue, 08 Apr 2014 16:21:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-white-house-finally-agree-something-postal-reform/82132/OversightLauren Victoria Burke/APObama Wants Federal Contractors to Pay Men and Women Equallyhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-wants-federal-contractors-pay-men-and-women-equally/82033/President will sign two executive orders Tuesday to prevent pay discrimination.Eric KatzMon, 07 Apr 2014 15:47:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-wants-federal-contractors-pay-men-and-women-equally/82033/ContractingCarolyn Kaster/APLawmaker: We Deserve a Pay Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/lawmaker-we-deserve-pay-raise/81964/At least one congressman thinks legislators cannot 'live decently' on their current salaries.Eric KatzFri, 04 Apr 2014 17:03:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/lawmaker-we-deserve-pay-raise/81964/News - FedblogRep. Jim Moran, D-Va. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoFederal Agencies Shed 10,000 Jobs in Marchhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/federal-agencies-shed-10000-jobs-march/81958/The federal workforce has shrunk significantly in the past two years.Eric KatzFri, 04 Apr 2014 16:35:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/federal-agencies-shed-10000-jobs-march/81958/Managementkaarsten/Shutterstock.comThe Shrinking Federal Workforce, In One Charthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/shrinking-federal-workforce-one-chart/81955/Sequestration and the resulting hiring freezes have taken a toll over the past two years.Eric KatzFri, 04 Apr 2014 16:31:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/shrinking-federal-workforce-one-chart/81955/ManagementBoehner: Make It Easier to Fire VA Execshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/boehner-make-it-easier-fire-va-execs/81877/House speaker gets behind a GOP effort to hold managers more accountable for their job performance.Eric KatzThu, 03 Apr 2014 16:05:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/boehner-make-it-easier-fire-va-execs/81877/Pay & BenefitsJ. Scott Applewhite/APYour Mass Transit Benefits Could Soon Doublehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/your-mass-transit-benefits-could-soon-double/81850/Legislative provision bringing benefits back to their 2013 levels would apply retroactively to Jan. 1.Eric KatzThu, 03 Apr 2014 13:59:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/04/your-mass-transit-benefits-could-soon-double/81850/Pay & BenefitsSusan Walsh/AP file photo