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, 01 Aug 2014 17:04:18 -0400How Pay Reform Could Solve the Border Crisishttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/how-pay-reform-could-solve-the-border-crisis/90365/Union says measure standardizing pay for Border Patrol agents would allow the agency to be fully staffed and save money.Eric KatzFri, 01 Aug 2014 17:04:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/how-pay-reform-could-solve-the-border-crisis/90365/ManagementBorder Patrol agents from the McAllen station horse patrol unit on patrol in South Texas.U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionIs Federal Hiring Set to Rebound? http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-hiring-set-rebound/90386/July jobs numbers show steadying of federal employment.Eric KatzFri, 01 Aug 2014 16:10:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/federal-hiring-set-rebound/90386/ManagementFlickr user Matt WetzlerCongress Has Passed a Major VA Overhaul. Now What? http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/congress-has-passed-major-va-overhaul-now-what/90350/One chart to show the many options Congress is still considering to reform the troubled agency.Eric KatzFri, 01 Aug 2014 13:28:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/08/congress-has-passed-major-va-overhaul-now-what/90350/OversightRobert Turtil/Veterans Affairs DepartmentDeja Vu? Pentagon at Odds With Union on Its Second Attempt at Civilian Personnel Reformhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/pentagon-personnel-reform/90251/Union feels 'duped' and 'boxed out' of the process for creating a new system.Eric KatzThu, 31 Jul 2014 17:25:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/pentagon-personnel-reform/90251/Pay & BenefitsDefense Department file photoBill Would Repeal Recent Pension Contribution Hikes http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/retirement-bill-repeal-recent-pension-contribution-hikes/90245/Legislation would reset all feds to pre-2013 contribution level.Eric KatzThu, 31 Jul 2014 17:15:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/retirement-bill-repeal-recent-pension-contribution-hikes/90245/Pay & BenefitsRep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., introduced the bill. NASA/Paul E. AlersHouse Clears Bill Making it Easier to Fire VA Execshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-clears-bill-making-it-easier-fire-va-execs/90143/Overhaul legislation would cut off terminated employees’ pay immediately, but allow them seven days for an MSPB appeal.Eric KatzWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:17:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-clears-bill-making-it-easier-fire-va-execs/90143/Oversightmj007/Shutterstock.comSome New Feds Could Soon Get Bonus Sick Leavehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/some-new-feds-could-soon-get-bonus-sick-leave/90104/Lawmakers want to give certain new hires up-front time off for medical appointments.Eric KatzWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/some-new-feds-could-soon-get-bonus-sick-leave/90104/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotographee.eu/Shutterstock.comMany Part-Time Feds Will Soon Be Eligible for Federal Health Benefits http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/many-part-time-feds-will-soon-be-eligible-federal-health-benefits/90011/OPM looks to expand FEHBP coverage.Eric KatzTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/many-part-time-feds-will-soon-be-eligible-federal-health-benefits/90011/Pay & Benefitssheff / Shutterstock.comUSPS Is Recruiting a Firer-in-Chief http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/The “RIF administrator” will be tasked with issuing layoffs.Eric KatzMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/News - FedblogKekyalyaynen/Shutterstock.comCongress Reaches Deal on Firing VA Senior Execs Immediatelyhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/congress-reaches-deal-firing-va-senior-execs-immediately/89864/Bill adds $12 billion in new funding for VA personnel and facilities.Eric KatzMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:59:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/congress-reaches-deal-firing-va-senior-execs-immediately/89864/DefenseSen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (left), and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., unveiled the compromise Monday. J. Scott Applewhite/APHiring Reform Bill Gains Momentum on Capitol Hillhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hiring-reform-bill-gains-momentum-capitol-hill/89753/Bipartisan House duo introduces companion to Senate measure allowing agencies to share information on qualified applicants.Eric KatzFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:42:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hiring-reform-bill-gains-momentum-capitol-hill/89753/OversightRep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.Flickr user CliffConsolidations Have Led to More Nighttime Mail Deliveries, Putting Letter Carriers in Dangerhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/consolidations-have-led-more-nighttime-mail-deliveries-putting-letter-carriers-danger/89744/Some say expanding services, rather than just cutting costs, is key to saving the Postal Service.Eric KatzFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:17:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/consolidations-have-led-more-nighttime-mail-deliveries-putting-letter-carriers-danger/89744/ManagementPostal worker Daryl Ha delivers mail in the North Beach area of San Francisco in 2011.Eric Risberg/APHouse Panel Clears Bills in Hopes of Firing ‘Incompetent’ Execs, Record Manipulatorshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-panel-clears-bills-hopes-firing-incompetent-execs-record-manipulators/89648/Democrats and advocacy group raise due process concerns.Eric KatzThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-panel-clears-bills-hopes-firing-incompetent-execs-record-manipulators/89648/Oversightiluistrator/Shutterstock.comExpedited Firing Is VA Chief’s No. 1 Priority, But Bill to Allow That Is in Limbo http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/expediting-firings-va-chiefs-no-1-priority-bill-help-do-limbo/89591/Divide over additional funding for the department threatens House-Senate conference negotiations.Eric KatzThu, 24 Jul 2014 14:23:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/expediting-firings-va-chiefs-no-1-priority-bill-help-do-limbo/89591/ManagementDepartment of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan GibsonAP PhotoHouse Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Fire All Senior Executive Service Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-want-make-it-easier-fire-all-senior-executive-service-employees/89507/Committee will vote on new bill Thursday.Eric KatzWed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-want-make-it-easier-fire-all-senior-executive-service-employees/89507/OversightRep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Associated PressWould Bringing SSA Into the 21st Century Kill 30,000 Jobs? http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/would-bringing-ssa-21st-century-kill-30000-jobs/89486/New report suggests more digital interaction, but shift could result in job losses for SSA employees.Eric KatzWed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/would-bringing-ssa-21st-century-kill-30000-jobs/89486/ManagementLightspring/Shutterstock.comHouse Approves Bill to Reduce Pay for Many TSA Agentshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-bill-reduce-pay-many-tsa-agents/89357/Some officers would no longer qualify as law enforcement personnel.Eric KatzTue, 22 Jul 2014 17:20:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-bill-reduce-pay-many-tsa-agents/89357/Pay & BenefitsJeff Roberson/AP File PhotoAgencies and Union Square Off Over Outsourcing Planshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agencies-and-union-square-over-outsourcing-plans/89324/Feds say they need the flexibility of hiring contractors; AFGE says it’s illegal.Eric KatzTue, 22 Jul 2014 15:43:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agencies-and-union-square-over-outsourcing-plans/89324/Management“Why would the NVDC be able to spend money to pay contractors but not federal employees, whether permanent or temporary, to perform the same function?” J. David Cox wrote in a letter to OMB. AFGE file photoObama Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT Feds and Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-executive-orders-protecting-lgbt-feds-and-contractors/89183/President says federal dollars should not go toward supporting discrimination.Eric KatzMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:20:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-executive-orders-protecting-lgbt-feds-and-contractors/89183/ContractingSurrounded by LGBT supporters, President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination.Jacquelyn Martin/APOne Lawmaker’s Crusade to Green the Federal Fleethttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/one-lawmakers-crusade-green-federal-fleet/89117/A New York congressman has been fighting for years to prevent agencies from buying cars that run on regular gasoline.Eric KatzFri, 18 Jul 2014 16:49:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/one-lawmakers-crusade-green-federal-fleet/89117/TechRep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. Carolyn Kaster/APHouse Tries to Bait OMB Into Submitting Annual Budget Proposal Faster http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/house-tries-bait-omb-submitting-annual-budget-proposal-faster/88999/Lawmakers vote to withhold most of OMB’s funding until it submits fiscal 2016 plan.Eric KatzThu, 17 Jul 2014 17:12:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/house-tries-bait-omb-submitting-annual-budget-proposal-faster/88999/ManagementBrandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.comSenator Wants to Ensure People Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers Get Firedhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senator-wants-ensure-people-who-retaliate-against-va-whistleblowers-get-fired/88966/Employees who punish whistleblowers can currently get away with just a reprimand, senator says.Eric KatzThu, 17 Jul 2014 14:53:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senator-wants-ensure-people-who-retaliate-against-va-whistleblowers-get-fired/88966/Pay & Benefits“Whistleblowers are critical to our efforts to guard against waste and misconduct in government -- and in the case of the VA, against the compromise of patient care,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Lauren Victoria Burke/APHouse OKs Bill Allowing 1 Percent Pay Raise, Despite Obama Veto Threat http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-oks-bill-allowing-1-percent-pay-raise-despite-obama-veto-threat/88894/White House objects to cuts to IRS and its own staffers' salaries.Eric KatzWed, 16 Jul 2014 17:02:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-oks-bill-allowing-1-percent-pay-raise-despite-obama-veto-threat/88894/Pay & Benefitsmdgn/Shutterstock.comUPDATED: One Chart Tracking the Many Ways Congress Wants to Fix VAhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/updated-one-chart-tracking-many-ways-congress-wants-fix-va/88855/Conference committee is still ironing out reforms, but momentum may be slowing.Eric KatzWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:32:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/updated-one-chart-tracking-many-ways-congress-wants-fix-va/88855/ManagementMark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.comAlmost Everyone Agrees It’s Time to Overhaul the Federal Pay Systemhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/almost-everyone-agrees-its-time-overhaul-federal-pay-system/88792/But the path forward remains unclear.Eric KatzTue, 15 Jul 2014 17:05:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/almost-everyone-agrees-its-time-overhaul-federal-pay-system/88792/Pay & BenefitsOffice of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told the panel that federal workforce pay changes need to take a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, form.Kristoffer Tripplaar