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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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Transit Benefits, Cutting Contractor Pay, Collective Bargaining and More

February 18, 2015 Federal worker compensation is facing a pair of Kings. No, this is not referring to a poker game. After all, the Office of Government Ethics prohibits feds from gambling while on the job. Instead, two lawmakers -- both named King -- have introduced measures that affect federal pay and benefits. ...

Postal Groups’ New Lethal Weapon? Danny Glover

February 17, 2015 Labor unions and other stakeholder groups have long fought to preserve the U.S. Postal Service. While their efforts have failed to prevent reduced hours, network consolidations and workforce cuts, they remain determined to rally against modernization initiatives they say would permanently debilitate the institution. Now, in addition to mobilizing a ...

Embattled Secret Service Spent Just 25 Minutes Training the Average Officer in 2013

February 12, 2015 An independent panel investigating the recent failures of the Secret Service told Congress on Thursday that agents were trained at “unacceptable” levels, drawing outrage from lawmakers who mostly agreed on the need to overhaul the agency. The panel, which issued its initial findings in December, told members of the House ...

Obama: Progress on Ebola Proves the Need to Invest in the Federal Workforce

February 11, 2015 President Obama on Wednesday celebrated the progress the international community has made in combatting the spread of Ebola, highlighting in particular the work of the U.S. government and federal employees. All told, 3,500 civilian federal workers from the Defense Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service ...

House Votes to Bolster Airport Security, Reduce Pay for Many TSA Agents

February 10, 2015 The House approved two measures on Tuesday to improve the Transportation Security Administration’s emergency preparedness and its law enforcement capabilities, including a provision that could strip some agents of bonus compensation. The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act would reclassify employees in the inspection office who do not spend a ...

'Rude' Postal Employees Could Cost USPS $300 Million This Year

February 10, 2015 “Rude” employees at U.S. Postal Service locations could cost the cash-strapped agency nearly $300 million in fiscal 2015, according to a report. The USPS inspector general said in an audit released last week that negative customer feedback increased 9 percent from fiscal years 2012 to 2013. Overall, 20 percent of ...

Federal Employee Union Vows to 'Open a Can of Whoop Ass' on Unfriendly Lawmakers

February 9, 2015 Lawmakers from both parties addressing unionized federal employees at a conference Monday pledged more support and respect for the civil service, but the union itself promised to “whoop [the] ass” of Congress if it stood in the group’s way. At its annual legislative gathering, the American Federation of Government Employees ...

11 Major Agency Reforms in Obama’s Budget

February 6, 2015 In a less-than-shocking development, it appears unlikely Congress will pass President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget blueprint in full. That does not make the document irrelevant, however. The budget includes a number of large proposals to revamp agency structures and operations, some of which the Obama administration can undertake unilaterally and ...

Liabilities Overshadow Postal Service’s ‘Fantastic Quarter’

February 6, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of $754 million in the first three months of the fiscal year, despite significant revenue growth compared to the same period last year. Increases in political mailings and holiday shipping propelled USPS to a $1.1 billion operational profit in the first quarter ...

Lawmakers Push to Repeal Feds' Pension Contribution Hikes

February 5, 2015 This story has been updated. A new bill would walk back recent retirement pension contribution hikes for new federal employees. The legislation -- introduced by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., with 10 Democratic cosponsors -- would repeal two separate increases in the amount federal workers must pay toward their pensions, enacted ...