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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric 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.
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More Than 15,000 Federal Employees Make at Least $200K

12:00 AM ET Most of the discussion of pay for federal employees in recent months and years has been about insufficient or non-existent raises, pay gaps and budget shortfalls. Not all feds are making out so poorly, however. A new database compiled by FedSmith.com, using data from the Office of Personnel Management and ...

Should the IRS Outsource Collection of Tax Debt?

April 15, 2014 Federal employees should continue to collect tax debts, according to a union representing Internal Revenue Service workers, though some in Congress support contracting out the responsibility. The National Treasury Employees Union on Monday said Uncle Sam has tried in the past to unload its tax collection duties on private business, ...

The 15 Federal Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men

April 14, 2014 The gender-based pay gap in federal government is shrinking. Federal agencies decreased the disparity by 17 cents on the dollar over the last 20 years, with federal women in 2012 receiving 87 cents for every dollar a man earned, the Office of Personnel Management reported last week. In fact, in ...

Lawmaker Looks to Reform Agencies Without Hurting Their Employees

April 14, 2014 A Democratic lawmaker is pushing two pieces of legislation designed to improve agency management without hurting federal employees along the way – or at least not to the extent of alternative bills. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, recently introduced the 2014 Comprehensive Department of Veterans’ Affairs Performance Management and Accountability Reform ...

Charities Will Now Have to Pay a Fee to Participate in the Annual Federal Giving Drive

April 11, 2014 Federal employees’ annual charity drive will receive a major makeover in 2016, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. The overhaul marks the culmination of three years of research into how to reform the Combined Federal Campaign, sparked by a report commissioned on the 50th anniversary of the drive. After ...

Feds and Their Managers Aren’t Seeing Eye-to-Eye on Much, Including Promotions

April 11, 2014 Federal employees have significantly more negative views of many areas of their workplaces than their managers do, according to a new report. The Partnership for Public Service, in conjunction with the consultancy Deloitte, analyzed data from the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and found in several key metrics, rank-and-file workers ...

Blowing the Whistle at Your Agency May Have Just Gotten Easier

April 10, 2014 Federal whistleblowers will soon have new allies on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Thursday he will create the Senate Whistleblower Caucus to ensure protections for federal employees exposing wrongdoing at their agencies are being enforced. “Whistleblower protections are only worth anything if they’re enforced,” said Grassley, who made ...

Obese Feds Can Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered

April 10, 2014 The best means to achieving weight loss is through diet and exercise. So says the Office of Personnel Management and, well, everyone. OPM has acknowledged there are other means to shed the pounds, however, including through the use of “drug therapy.” Several anti-obesity medications are approved by the Food and ...

Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform

April 8, 2014 A key proponent of overhauling the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday vowed to introduce a new reform bill in the coming weeks, promising to work more closely with the White House in hopes of encouraging more bipartisan support. That support, however, remains far from guaranteed, detractors made clear during a ...

Obama Wants Federal Contractors to Pay Men and Women Equally

April 7, 2014 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday will issue two executive orders aimed at the federal contractor workforce as part of an effort to eliminate gender-based pay disparities. The first executive order will protect a federal contractor’s right to discuss their pay openly with coworkers. The order will ...