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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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Two GSA Managers Fired in Conference Scandal Reinstated With 30 Months of Back Pay

December 30, 2014 Two managers linked to the lavish conference that mired the General Services Administration in scandal in 2010 will be returning to work after GSA initially fired them for their alleged involvement. In a decision last week, the Merit Systems Protection Board demanded GSA cancel the removals of Paul Prouty, former ...

Despite Senate’s Confirmation Spree, Many Agencies Maintain Key Leadership Vacancies

December 23, 2014 The Senate closed out a historically gridlocked 113th Congress with a rare display of productivity: the upper chamber confirmed dozens of President Obama’s appointees in the final weeks of the legislative session. The confirm-a-thon filled the ranks of mid-to-high-level positions at agencies across government. The confirmations provided certainty to agencies ...

Not All Federal Employees Have the Day After Christmas Off

December 22, 2014 Through snow, rain, heat, gloom of night -- and federal holidays? The U.S. Postal Service takes pride in its employees’ ability to deliver mail no matter the circumstances. This year, that will include on Dec. 26, when nearly all other federal employees will be enjoying an extra vacation day. The ...

Air Force Cancels Its Plans for Layoffs in 2015

December 19, 2014 The Air Force has walked away from plans to lay off employees in 2015, saying it already has reached the requisite level of budget cuts through previous workforce reductions. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement at a town hall earlier this week, saying she made the decision ...

Possible Furlough Days Coming to IRS Employees

December 19, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service may furlough employees in 2015 due to the drastic budget cuts it will face next year, according to the agency’s chief. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has already told staff of a hiring freeze and overtime suspension, with limited exceptions, in 2015. He told reporters Thursday the ...

Congress Fails to Confirm Postal Nominees, but USPS Says It’s Found a Workaround

December 18, 2014 The Senate confirmed a whole slew of political appointees nominated by President Obama before the close of the 113th Congress. Unfortunately for the U.S. Postal Service, those confirmations did nothing to help it. Earlier this month, the USPS governing board lost its quorum when the term of Mickey Barnett, its ...

Air Force Cancels 2015 Layoffs: ‘Enough is Enough’

December 18, 2014 The Air Force has walked away from plans to lay off employees in 2015, saying it already has reached the requisite level of budget cuts through previous workforce reductions. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement at a town hall earlier this week, saying she made the decision ...

Retroactive Mass Transit Benefit Boost Heads to Obama’s Desk

December 17, 2014 The Senate late Tuesday approved a measure 76-16 that will retroactively provide federal employees and all American workers with a much larger mass transit benefit for 2014. The provision is part of a broader tax deal that President Obama is expected to sign into law. The transit benefit fell nearly ...

How Feds Could Soon Receive Better Quality Health Care

December 16, 2014 Carriers providing health coverage to federal employees and retirees will soon be subject to new performance metrics, with quality of care becoming the most important measure in the government’s assessments. Their performance will affect their profitability. Health insurance companies with plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are assessed ...

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

December 15, 2014 Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-author of ...