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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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May 9, 2014 Spidey’s Speedy Delivery The U.S. Postal Service spins a partnership with Spider-Man to pitch Priority Mail. By Eric Katz It’s the old Hollywood trope: While teetering on the edge of disaster, a superhero swoops in at the last possible moment to save the day. In this case, however, the thing ...

Why Congress Might Want to Enact Legislation to Protect LGBT Federal Employees

May 8, 2014 Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal employees has decreased dramatically in recent years, according to a new report, but Congress must still enact legislation to ensure LGBT workers are granted the same protections under the law as their heterosexual counterparts. Just 2 percent of federal employees said they ...

How the Postal Service Could Overhaul Its Retirement and Leave Benefits

May 8, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service spent $6 billion on retirement benefits in fiscal 2013, and the agency thought that was too much. USPS asked its inspector general’s office to evaluate its retirement packages against the benefits offered at other organizations. Current law mandates the Postal Service offer employees enrollment in the ...

House Democrats Won't Get on Board With Republican, White House-Backed Postal Bill

May 7, 2014 Postal reform hit yet another snag on Wednesday after a scheduled House committee vote on a new piece of legislation was postponed due to a lack of bipartisan support. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced the delay just hours before a markup ...

EPA Employee Spent 2-6 Hours per Day at Work Watching Porn

May 7, 2014 Sometimes, you are simply caught red handed. Such was the case with an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency when an investigator from the inspector general’s office came in to follow up on a tip. The investigator was looking into whether the employee was actually storing pornographic material on a ...

EPA to Collect Retention Bonuses It Mistakenly Paid to Employees

May 6, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency gave retention bonuses to employees without verifying the payments were necessary, according to an audit, and the employees may soon have to give back the awards. The EPA paid more than $667,000 in retention bonuses to 13 employees from 2006 through 2013. For 10 of those ...

OPM Finalizes Plan to Allow Most State and Local Government Employees to Run for Partisan Office

May 6, 2014 Most state and local public employees will soon be able to run for political office as an update to the Hatch Act takes effect. The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule Monday to implement the 2012 Hatch Act Modernization Act, which will go into effect June 4. The ...

OPM's Progress on the Retirement Claims Backlog in One Chart

May 6, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management has taken a lot of heat in recent months for its inability to reduce its retirement claims backlog. Lawmakers have demanded more transparency and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has promised to do better. Claims processing is trending positively, however, despite a bit of a blip ...

Federal Employee Just Wants to Be Heard

May 2, 2014 If a federal employee cries out for help, but his office is deafened by bureaucracy, does he really make a sound? So wonders one protestor, who asked the Obama administration on its We the People website to “help a government employee be heard in a sea of anonymity.” Speculating the ...

Fewer Senior Executives Are Getting Bonuses, And They’re Not Happy About It

May 1, 2014 More than half of senior executives in federal government either did not receive or do not know the status of their performance awards in fiscal 2013, according to a new report. The Senior Executives Association survey found many members of the Senior Executive Service were considering demotions to General Schedule ...