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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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'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 ...

Now Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Could Receive Back Pay

November 18, 2013 When Congress reopened government in October, after a shutdown that lasted more than two weeks, it elected to pay furloughed federal employees retroactively for the time they missed. Now, a group of Democratic lawmakers is calling on the government to similarly make whole federal contract employees. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, ...

Do Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Deserve Back Pay, Too?

November 18, 2013 When Congress reopened government in October, after a shutdown that lasted more than two weeks, it elected to pay furloughed federal employees retroactively for the time they missed. Now, a group of Democratic lawmakers is calling on the government to similarly make whole federal contract employees. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, ...

Postal Service Rebounds in Fiscal 2013, Still Loses $5 Billion

November 15, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion in fiscal 2013, marking the seventh consecutive year of losses but a significant improvement over fiscal 2012, the agency announced Friday. Citing a growing package business due largely to e-commerce, as well as adaptive business practices, USPS improved upon its record near-$16 billion ...

Furloughs Test Spirit Of Giving

November 15, 2013 Most years, retired Navy veteran Al Bennett and his wife, Betty Lou, drive their motor home from Arkansas to the Washington area to help Mercy Ships—a charity that sends hospital ships around the world—mobilize its efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign. This year, the Bennetts’ trip was in doubt after ...

Republican Senators Propose Eliminating New Feds' Pensions

November 14, 2013 A group of Republican senators has introduced a bill to slash retirement pensions for new federal employees, saying the current system unfairly compensates public-sector workers as compared to their private-sector counterparts. The Public-Private Employees Retirement Parity Act, introduced by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ...

Paying the Price: Feds Increasingly Unhappy With Salaries

November 14, 2013 Despite an unprecedented three-year pay freeze, a majority of federal employees are still at least somewhat satisfied with their pay. That percentage of employees who feel that way, however, is plummeting. In 2010 -- the last year feds received an across-the-board raise -- 66 percent of federal workers provided a ...