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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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Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 Some military retirees scored a small victory this week. The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military ...

The Spending Bill’s Biggest Losers

January 15, 2014 After reaching a compromise spending measure for the remainder of fiscal 2014, lawmakers celebrated another rare breakthrough of bipartisan accord critical to creating stability for the government and the American public. For individual agencies, however, the deal is a mixed bag. While the appropriations bill unveiled Monday and under consideration ...

What the Spending Bill Means for Federal Employees

January 14, 2014 Wage-grade federal employees would receive the same 1 percent pay raise in 2014 as their white-collar salaried colleagues, thanks to a provision included in the fiscal 2014 appropriations deal announced Monday evening. While the Obama administration ended a three-year pay freeze for most of the federal workforce just before Jan. ...

Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan?

January 13, 2014 This story has been updated. Jobs at the U.S. Postal Service will disappear at a faster clip over the next eight years than in any other labor sector, according to an analysis from the Labor Department. In its 2014-2015 Occupational Outlooks Handbook, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics identified three ...

Congress to Pass Three-Day Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

January 10, 2014 Congress is poised to pass another stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown, though it will only fund agencies for three additional days to give lawmakers more time to strike a deal on a full-year appropriations bill. The current continuing resolution will expire Jan. 15, and congressional appropriators have ...

Federal Government Sheds Almost 80,000 Jobs in 2013

January 10, 2014 The federal government shed 2,000 jobs in December, ending 2013 with a net loss of 79,000 positions, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal agencies, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, lost 4,200 jobs in December, while USPS actually gained 2,200 employees in the month. The ...

Conference Spending Down Significantly Since 2010

January 9, 2014 Conference spending at federal agencies has decreased by hundreds of millions of dollars in the last three years, according to a new congressional report. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., pointed to increased oversight by Congress and agency inspectors general as the impetus for the savings. The House Oversight and Government Reform ...

Union: Don’t Fill Staples Jobs with Non-Postal Employees

January 8, 2014 A union representing U.S. Postal Service employees is staging protests later this month against a pilot program that opened retail postal spaces at Staples office supply locations, complaining the resulting jobs are staffed by non-postal workers. The Postal Service reached an agreement with Staples in October 2013 to put retail ...

2014 Brings More Changes to Federal Pay and Benefits

January 8, 2014 The new year has ushered in several developments related to federal employees’ pay and benefits -- some more positive than others. Headlining that list, of course, is the end of a three-year pay freeze for most federal workers, who received a 1 percent pay bump on Jan. 1. However, there ...

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 ...