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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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Air Force to Offer Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...

Too Many Senior Executives Receive Bonuses, Lawmakers Say

July 11, 2014 Lawmakers continued their assault on senior federal executives at a hearing Friday, calling for tighter oversight and increased discipline for agencies’ top managers. Members of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee panel with jurisdiction over the federal workforce repeatedly pointed to the high number of Senior Executive Service employees ...

Issa's Last Ditch Effort to Eliminate Saturday Mail Delivery Falls Short

July 10, 2014 A Republican lawmaker made a final stand this week to strike down legislative language requiring mail delivery six days per week, but his efforts ultimately fell short. Rep. Darrell Issa., R-Calif., wrote a letter to the House Rules Committee stating an appropriations bill containing a rider on postal policy was ...

USPS Tightens Purse Strings on Official Agency Credit Cards, Following Abuse

July 10, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees have been misusing and abusing their official credit cards, and agency management has taken notice. After multiple reports in the last few months of USPS employees using their agency credit cards for non-work purposes -- including for gambling, groceries and eating out even when they’re not ...

The Federal Government Lost 40,000 More Employees Than It Gained Last Year

July 9, 2014 Federal agencies hired nearly half the number of employees in fiscal 2013 as they did four years prior, and the gap between employees leaving and joining federal service continued to grow. The federal government hired about 77,000 new employees in fiscal 2013, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis ...

The Benefits Federal Employees Love Most

July 9, 2014 This just in: Federal employees really like their retirement and health benefits. OK, so maybe that is not exactly breaking news. But a recently released survey shows federal workers value nearly all of their benefits. Their satisfaction has dropped off, however. The Office of Personnel Management first conducted the Federal ...

Around Government

July 9, 2014 Narrowing the Gender Gap Women feds are better educated and better compensated these days. By Kellie Lunney True or False: The gender pay gap is smaller among younger employees in the federal government. True. In fact, a lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. For instance, ...

Senators Want VA Wait List Manipulators to Give Back Their Bonuses

July 8, 2014 Lawmakers have made no secret about their desire to punish employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. Both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to ease the firing of VA senior executives and other employees, and to restrict or prohibit performance awards. A bicameral conference committee is currently negotiating an agency ...

How 3D Printing Could Save the Postal Service

July 8, 2014 The rise of 3D printing represents a significant growth opportunity for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a new report, potentially raising annual package revenue by $500 million. Three-D printers, which build physical objects layer-by-layer using plastics, powders, metals and other materials as their ink, could lead to a resurgence ...

Lawmakers Pressure OPM to Begin Phased Retirement

July 7, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is ramping up pressure on the Office of Personnel Management to put out final guidance that would allow federal employees to partially retire while training their successors. Four Democrats and two Republicans wrote a letter to ...