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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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Senators Propose 3.3 Percent Pay Raise for Federal Employees

May 23, 2014 Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015, mirroring a bill already introduced in the House. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the bill -- which would apply to both General Schedule and wage-grade employees -- with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., ...

Senate Panel Advances More Legislation Targeting VA Executives

May 22, 2014 A Senate panel on Thursday approved a Veterans Affairs Department spending bill that targets senior executives in response to the recent scandals that have engulfed the agency. The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Military Construction and VA fiscal 2015 funding measure would place a temporary ban on bonuses for some agency doctors ...

Delinquent on Your Tax Bills? You Could Soon Get Fired

May 22, 2014 A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure to prohibit “seriously delinquent” taxpayers from federal employment. The bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and cosponsored by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., cleared the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee without objection. The legislation mirrors a House bill that was voted ...

You May Soon Have a Longer Walk to Get Your Mail

May 21, 2014 A House committee on Wednesday passed a piecemeal provision of U.S. Postal Service reform, voting along party lines to phase out to-the-door delivery in favor of centralized and curbside drop offs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced the Secure Delivery for America Act earlier this ...

How Agencies Can Get More From Their Employees Despite Budget Cuts

May 20, 2014 Human resources professionals in the federal government are prepared to do more with less, according to a new report, but also view systematic changes as a key element of workforce improvement. Chief human capital officers and other HR leaders told the Partnership for Public Service that budget cuts have made ...

Would a TSP-for-All Constitute Government Overreach?

May 19, 2014 This story has been updated. Policy experts have given mixed reviews to a proposal to open the Thrift Savings Plan to all Americans, with some conservative groups fearing an increased role for the federal government. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., unveiled his plan last week as part of a larger retirement ...

Don’t Count on Higher Mass Transit Benefits Anytime Soon

May 16, 2014 Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a vote on legislation that includes language to restore mass transit benefits to their 2013 levels, citing an inability to offer amendments to the bipartisan bill. The Senate Finance Committee last month unanimously approved the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, a large ...

Commission Will Ask Military Service Members Which Benefits They Want Cut

May 15, 2014 Hundreds of thousands of former and current military personnel will soon have a chance to weigh in on the future of their pay and benefits. Amid talks of cutting or slowing the growth of military compensation, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will launch a forcewide survey to better ...

VA Chief Says He Does Fire Poor Performers -- Thousands of Them

May 15, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has forced out more than 6,000 employees over the last two years, agency Secretary Eric Shinseki told Congress on Thursday. Lawmakers on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee questioned the department’s accountability amid reports of long waits and preventable deaths at the agency’s medical facilities, challenging the ...

Advocacy Groups Offer VA Whistleblowers a New Outlet

May 15, 2014 Many of the developments that ignited the current Veterans Affairs Department firestorm came to light due to employees blowing the whistle on malfeasance. Two advocacy groups -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Project on Government Oversight -- have joined forces to provide a new avenue for whistleblowers ...