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-usFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:51:31 -0400Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds a 1 Percent Pay Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/obama-issues-plan-give-feds-1-percent-pay-raise/92822/The president issued an alternative pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2015.Eric KatzFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:51:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/obama-issues-plan-give-feds-1-percent-pay-raise/92822/Pay & BenefitsAbel Tumik/Shutterstock.comThe Federal Agencies Most Often Accused of Discriminationhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-agencies-most-often-accused-discrimination/92819/The Labor Department was at the top of the list for Cabinet-level agencies.Eric KatzFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:18:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-agencies-most-often-accused-discrimination/92819/Managementcorgarashu/Shutterstock.comThe Postal Service Paid $287K for Trailers It Either Lost or Never Receivedhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/postal-service-paid-287k-trailers-it-either-lost-or-never-received/92684/USPS is losing lots of money - and vehicles.Eric KatzThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:59:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/postal-service-paid-287k-trailers-it-either-lost-or-never-received/92684/ManagementSeth Perlman/AP file photoFederal Employees Are Donating More Than 80,000 Pounds of Food Each Day to Food Bankshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-employees-are-donating-more-80000-pounds-food-each-day-food-banks/92543/Still, it looks like workers will fall short of last year’s record Feds Feed Families haul.Eric KatzWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:12:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-employees-are-donating-more-80000-pounds-food-each-day-food-banks/92543/ManagementBread of Life Food Pantry volunteers stand beside a truckload of the fruits and vegetables collected in support of the Agriculture Department’s Feds Feed Families campaign in Tipton, Iowa, in July 2012.USDA file photoHow Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Carehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/how-obama-plans-fix-veterans-mental-health-care/92432/The White House boasts progress on improving services, but Republicans aren’t impressed.Eric KatzTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:25:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/how-obama-plans-fix-veterans-mental-health-care/92432/DefensePresident Obama announced new mental health initiatives during the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 26, 2014. Chuck Burton/Associated PressIt Could Get a Lot Harder for Social Security to Close Field Officeshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/it-could-get-lot-harder-social-security-close-field-officers/92420/Senator introduces bill that would require a public comment period on planned closures and a report to Congress.Eric KatzTue, 26 Aug 2014 11:55:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/it-could-get-lot-harder-social-security-close-field-officers/92420/ManagementSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced the legislation. Flickr user Senate DemocratsA Breakthrough in Federal Labor-Management Relations at the Pentagon? http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/breakthrough-federal-labor-management-relations-pentagon/92252/From one union's perspective, the Defense Department is working with labor groups better than ever on personnel reform.Eric KatzFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:44:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/breakthrough-federal-labor-management-relations-pentagon/92252/ManagementDefense Department file photoHallway Feces Was Only the Beginning of EPA's Region 8 Problems http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/hallway-feces-was-only-beginning-epas-region-8-problems/92225/Publicly released emails detail a more widespread problem at the agency’s Denver office.Eric KatzFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/hallway-feces-was-only-beginning-epas-region-8-problems/92225/ManagementEPA's Region 8 headquarters building in Denver. EPAAre You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/are-you-contributing-too-little-your-tsp/92087/A growing number of participants are not putting in enough to get the maximum match from their agency.Eric KatzThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:12:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/are-you-contributing-too-little-your-tsp/92087/Pay & Benefitsromrf / Shutterstock.comHow Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-veterans-preference-laws-are-dragging-down-federal-hiring/91991/‘Unwieldy’ and ‘convoluted’ laws are confusing vets and feds alike, report finds.Eric KatzWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:55:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-veterans-preference-laws-are-dragging-down-federal-hiring/91991/Pay & BenefitsRetired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes the colors being carried by soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.U.S. ArmyThree Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/three-charts-showing-how-white-males-hold-highest-paid-federal-jobs/91970/The average male fed is a full grade level above the typical woman.Eric KatzWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:12:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/three-charts-showing-how-white-males-hold-highest-paid-federal-jobs/91970/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchjorgen mcleman/Shutterstock.comHow Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-federal-agencies-can-solve-skyrocketing-workers-comp-costs/91838/The Postal Service inspector general has recommended a slew of changes to 100-year-old law, including benefits cuts.Eric KatzTue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-federal-agencies-can-solve-skyrocketing-workers-comp-costs/91838/Pay & BenefitsAP Photo/Elaine ThompsonFederal Agencies Are Falling Behind on Hiring Women and Disabled Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/federal-agencies-are-falling-behind-on-hiring-women-disabled/91787/Workforce's racial diversity has remained virtually unchanged.Eric KatzTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:07:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/federal-agencies-are-falling-behind-on-hiring-women-disabled/91787/Pay & BenefitsArtishok/Shutterstock.comNew VA Chief Wants to Fire More Employees . . . Respectfullyhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/new-va-chief-wants-fire-more-employees-respectfully/91592/Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says firing execs more quickly will take some time.Eric KatzFri, 15 Aug 2014 14:52:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/new-va-chief-wants-fire-more-employees-respectfully/91592/ManagementVeterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald wants to flatten VA's hierarchy. Rick Scuteri/Associated PressIt Just Got Easier to Lobby Federal Agencieshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/08/it-just-got-easier-lobby-federal-agencies/91520/Facing litigation, the Obama administration rolls back restrictions aimed at curbing special interests.Eric KatzThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:24:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/08/it-just-got-easier-lobby-federal-agencies/91520/ContractingPresident Obama wanted to limit lobbyists' influence on government but found it's easier said than done.Steven Senne/Associated PressHow to Win a Furlough Appeal http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-win-furlough-appeal/91448/Tens of thousands of employees challenged their loss of work (and income) during sequestration; a few were successful.Eric KatzThu, 14 Aug 2014 13:30:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-win-furlough-appeal/91448/Pay & BenefitsSebastian Duda/Shutterstock.comAgency Chief Rebuffs Union Over Authority to More Quickly Fire Bad Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/agency-chief-rebuffs-union-over-authority-more-quickly-fire-bad-employees/91253/‘No one gets a free pass,’ EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy tells AFGE.Eric KatzTue, 12 Aug 2014 15:40:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/agency-chief-rebuffs-union-over-authority-more-quickly-fire-bad-employees/91253/ManagementEPA Administrator Gina McCarthyFlickr User Chesapeake Bay ProgramDespite Revenue Gains, Postal Service Loses Another $2 Billionhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/despite-revenue-gains-postal-service-loses-another-2-billion/91121/Congressionally mandated obligations are keeping USPS from getting back into the black.Eric KatzMon, 11 Aug 2014 15:04:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/despite-revenue-gains-postal-service-loses-another-2-billion/91121/ManagementPostmaster General Patrick Donahoe is urging Congress to give USPS more flexibility.USDAThe Most and Least Sustainable Agencies in Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/most-and-least-sustainable-agencies-government/90986/One chart shows which agencies are going green.Eric KatzFri, 08 Aug 2014 13:20:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/most-and-least-sustainable-agencies-government/90986/TechInterior Secretary Sally Jewell tours one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the country -- the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland.Interior Department Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids … About Federal Service http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/parents-need-talk-their-kids-about-federal-service/90935/Federal employee union looks to recruit young people who aren't yet thinking about a career for Uncle Sam.Eric KatzThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:57:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/parents-need-talk-their-kids-about-federal-service/90935/OversightNTEU President Colleen KelleyNTEUFederal Appeals Board Has Major Concerns With Firing Provisions in New VA Law http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-appeals-board-has-major-concerns-firing-provisions-new-va-law/90887/Small agency tasked with enforcing those provisions raises questions about their constitutionality and wisdom.Eric KatzThu, 07 Aug 2014 14:43:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-appeals-board-has-major-concerns-firing-provisions-new-va-law/90887/ManagementPhotosani / Shutterstock.comCan You Accept That Gift? Take Our Quiz http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/can-you-accept-gift-take-our-quiz/90794/14 questions to test your knowledge of when you can and cannot accept presents.Eric KatzWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:47:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/can-you-accept-gift-take-our-quiz/90794/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchNREY / Shutterstock.comGifts Quiz: The Answershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/gifts-quiz-answers/90788/Eric KatzWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:41:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/gifts-quiz-answers/90788/Pay & BenefitsFeds Who Worked During Shutdown Could Still Receive Bonus Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/feds-who-worked-during-shutdown-could-still-receive-bonus-pay/90662/First ruling in shutdown lawsuit is mostly favorable for those forced to work.Eric KatzTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:05:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/feds-who-worked-during-shutdown-could-still-receive-bonus-pay/90662/Pay & BenefitsPhilip Bird LRPS CPAGB / Shutterstock.comSenators Seek to Protect 15,000 Postal Jobshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/senators-seek-protect-15000-postal-jobs/90569/Lawmakers, unions and managers disagree on service impacts of consolidations.Eric KatzMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:09:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/senators-seek-protect-15000-postal-jobs/90569/OversightElaine Thompson/AP