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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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TSP Makes Mostly Modest Gains in November

December 2, 2013 Nearly every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan made gains in November, marking the third consecutive month of positive trends. Fixed income bonds were the only TSP offerings to dip last month, falling 0.35 percent. The F Fund is also the only investment in the red over the last 12 ...

Postal Groups Call for End to After-Dark Mail Deliveries

December 2, 2013 Letter carriers should no longer deliver mail after dark, one group representing employees at the U.S. Postal Service has said in light of the recent shooting of a postal worker at 7:30 p.m. while on the job in Maryland. The Community and Postal Workers United -- a group of activists ...

Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says

November 22, 2013 Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration’s effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said the tactics federal agencies used to reduce furloughs in fiscal 2013 ...

GAO: One of the Best Places to Work in D.C.?

November 21, 2013 Government accountability is not everyone’s definition of “cool.” In Washington, D.C., however, it’s about as cool as it gets. And now -- after being named one of the 10 coolest places to work in the city by employee relations firm O.C. Tanner earlier this year -- Washingtonian has just named ...

Lawmakers Want Feds to Have Socially Responsible Retirement Investment Options

November 21, 2013 Federal employees and retirees should be able to invest their retirement savings in socially responsible companies, according to a new bill proposed by a group of Democratic lawmakers. The Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., in the House and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in the ...

Should Commissary Clerk Jobs be Classified as 'Sensitive' National Security Positions?

November 20, 2013 Lawmakers on Wednesday called for greater specificity in determining which information and federal jobs are designated as sensitive, saying over-classification damages national security. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce, focused Wednesday’s hearing on proposed rules to specify ...

'Desk Jockey' Feds Abusing Overtime Are Stealing from Americans, Lawmaker Says

November 20, 2013 House lawmakers accused Customs and Border Protection employees who exploited the agency’s overtime pay system of stealing from the American people and called for quicker punitive action, during a combative hearing Wednesday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, praised the ...

Postal Reform Encounters Another Major Setback

November 19, 2013 Legislation to overhaul the Postal Service has hit yet another roadblock, with the agency’s oversight committee once again delaying its markup of the reform bill. The markup -- which gives Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members an opportunity to offer and vote on amendments to the bill, and ultimately ...

What Should TSA Do With $500,000 in Pocket Change?

November 19, 2013 Every year, travelers leave half a million dollars at airport security checkpoints. Maybe it’s a tip for Americans to show their appreciation for all the fine work the Transportation Security Administration does. Or maybe people just don’t want to carry the coins anymore, and the checkpoints present the perfect opportunity ...

Record Number of Feds Withdrew Retirement Investments in October

November 18, 2013 More than 14,000 federal employees turned to their retirement investments for cash in October, marking a new monthly record for the Thrift Savings Plan. Between 10,000 and 12,000 TSP participants make hardship withdrawals in a typical month, according to Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board officials, with the October jump coming ...