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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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Lawmakers Nearing Deal on Appropriations

January 7, 2014 Congressional appropriators are very close to finishing a deal that would set the funding levels for each federal agency, according to multiple reports and lawmakers involved in negotiations. Vincent Morris, a spokesman for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters Monday that negotiators “hope to ...

OPM: D.C.-Area Feds Should Consider Leaving Office Early to Avoid Frigid Temperatures

January 7, 2014 Federal agencies should allow their employees to telework or leave their offices early to avoid commuting during the most extreme temperatures today, the Office of Personnel Management said in a memorandum addressing the frigid weather blanketing the Washington, D.C. region on Tuesday. The temperature dropped to single digits early in ...

Pentagon Officially Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

January 6, 2014 The Defense Department on Monday formally adapted its definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” to include legally married same-sex couples, finalizing a plan it announced in August. The change came after the Pentagon issued an interim rule to update its identification card policy, effective immediately. The Supreme Court found unconstitutional in ...

TSP Ends 2013 On A Positive Note

January 3, 2014 Nearly all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan were in the black during the last month of 2013. Federal employees’ retirement investments rounded out the year with four consecutive months of gains. The F Fund (fixed income) was the only one to finish the year in the red, dropping ...

Lawmaker Looks to Postal Service to Restore Military Pension Cut

January 2, 2014 A new bill would undo the recent cuts made to certain military retirees’ pensions, and in exchange allow the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday proposed legislation that would restore full cost-of-living adjustments ...

Chief Justice: Sequester Jeopardizes Federal Courts, Public Safety

January 2, 2014 The federal court system would face major staff reductions, trial delays and security risks without additional funding, according to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In his annual year-end report, Roberts said he recognized the need to cut costs across government, but emphasized the entire judicial branch’s budget makes up ...

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

December 23, 2013 Federal employees will report for a full day of work Tuesday, with the Obama administration opting not to give any extra time off for Christmas Eve. The decision does not come as a surprise. It is “consistent with historical precedent when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday,” an official at ...

Feds Are Losing One of Their Biggest Republican Advocates

December 23, 2013 When the federal government shut down in October, most Republican lawmakers were busy deriding Obamacare and pointing fingers at their Democratic counterparts. One Republican congressman, however, had a different focus: the federal workforce. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who recently announced he would not seek reelection after his current term expires ...

Senators Renew Push for Mass Transit Benefit Fix

December 20, 2013 A provision to fix the disparity between mass transit and parking subsidies for federal employees and commuters nationwide could be coming soon, but will require retroactive enforcement. Lawmakers in the Senate introduced a bill Thursday to maintain the current levels of monthly tax subsidies provided to those who ride public ...

Senate Backs NDAA With 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

December 20, 2013 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay in 2014, moving the measure to the White House, where it is expected to swiftly receive President Obama’s signature. The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes a range of military spending, received Obama’s endorsement ...