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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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March 28, 2014 Northern Exposure The U.S. military charts an eight-point plan for securing the Arctic and its natural resources. By Kevin Baron The Arctic has gained increased attention in national security circles as melting ice caps promise new access to strategic positions and undersea resources for three of the world’s most powerful ...

Harnessing Ingenuity

March 28, 2014 Sometimes, the federal government needs help solving a problem. Increasingly, it is turning to the public at large for solutions. Martha Dorris is leading the General Services Administration into the future of crowdsourcing with Challenge.gov, and bringing the rest of government along with it. The website, entering its third year, ...

Feds Were Feeling a Lot Less Generous in 2013

March 27, 2014 Donations to the Combined Federal Campaign dipped 19 percent in 2013 over the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive year of declining contributions for the federal government’s annual giving drive. With 162 of the 163 local CFC administrators reporting their totals, federal employees had committed $209 million to the campaign ...

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27, 2014 The 2010 Affordable Care Act will improve coverage while lowering costs for the 8.2 million workers, retirees and dependents participating in the federal employee health care program, an Obama administration official said Thursday. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told attendees of the annual Carrier Conference that the 2010 ...

Have a Clearance? You Can Earn a Lot More Outside Government

March 27, 2014 If you have a security clearance, it pays to be in the private sector. That is the takeaway from a new report from ClearanceJobs.com, a company that matches cleared individuals to companies searching for new employees. Government employees with security clearances earn $86,218 on average, according to the survey of ...

OPM Sets Date for Self Plus One Health Coverage

March 25, 2014 Federal employees cannot enroll in self-plus-one health coverage until 2016, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. The coverage option -- which will enable federal employees with a spouse and no dependents a new choice when enrolling in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program -- was included in the 2013 ...

Senior Officials Were Taking Personal Trips on Government Aircraft and Not Reporting It

March 21, 2014 Senior personnel at intelligence agencies have not reported their use of official government aircraft, a breach of executive branch requirements, according to a new audit. The General Services Administration should not collect data on use of aircraft in classified missions, the Government Accountability Office found, but should require more reporting ...

TSP Considers Adding New Investments

March 20, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan could benefit from new asset classes, according to a third-party report delivered to the plan’s overseers. Emerging market equities would offer the highest long-term return potential, according to Mercer, a contracted investment firm. Other offerings, such as commodities, global real estate and an international small cap ...

Earning New Benefits, Protecting Old Ones

March 19, 2014 In June 2011, the American Federation of Government employees won the right to represent employees at the Transportation Security Administration. More than a year later, TSA workers ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement. That contract created new awards for employees, reformed the leave process, placed a greater emphasis on giving ...

Feds: Put That NCAA Bracket Away and Get Back to Work

March 19, 2014 It’s mid-March, so it’s time to pony up some cash, make your high-analysis picks and submit your bracket for the 2014 NCAA basketball tournament. Unless you are a federal employee. John Mahoney, an attorney with the fed-friendly law firm Tully Rinckey, warned federal workers to stay away from the madness. ...