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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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VA Fired 2,247 People Last Year, But Only 2 Were Senior Executives

May 30, 2014 Lawmakers really want Veterans Affairs Department leaders to fire more employees. The House and a Senate committee have even passed a bill that would make it easier for the head of the department to sack employees in the Senior Executive Service by removing due process protections. Outgoing VA Secretary Eric ...

Is It Constitutional to Make VA Execs At-Will Employees?

May 29, 2014 A bill to ease the path to firing senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department could face constitutional challenges, according to legal experts familiar will federal employment law. The 2014 VA Management Accountability Act, which has cleared the House and a Senate committee, would allow the VA secretary to waive ...

Senator Wants to Make It Easier to Sue VA Employees, Take Their Money

May 28, 2014 Lawmakers have found all sorts of ways to penalize Veterans Affairs Department employees for the recent scandal involving extended waits for veterans seeking health care. The House passed a bill to make it easier to fire VA executives, a Senate committee cleared a measure to prohibit bonuses for some agency ...

Pentagon Will Review Its Health Care System to Avoid VA’s Mistakes

May 28, 2014 The Defense Department will conduct a comprehensive review of its military health system, aiming to identify areas where the department is not meeting a “nationally defined standard” for care. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the review after dismissing the commander of the Womack Army Medical Center on Tuesday, which followed ...

Widespread Discrimination Forces Agency to Create New Pass-Fail Performance Rating System

May 27, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will launch a new, simplified employee evaluation system after internal audits corroborated allegations that the old system was subject to systemic biases and prejudices. CFPB will move to a two-tier performance management structure, essentially creating “pass-fail” grading. An internal report earlier this month revealed “broad-based, ...

Federal Employees and Retirees Owed $3.31B in Back Taxes at the End of Fiscal 2013

May 23, 2014 Federal employees and retirees owed Uncle Sam $3.31 billion in back taxes at the end of fiscal 2013, a 2.2 percent decrease from fiscal 2012. The number of tax delinquent feds and retirees -- which does not include employees who have set up payment plans with the federal government -- ...

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 ...