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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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USPS Tightens Purse Strings on Official Agency Credit Cards, Following Abuse

July 10, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees have been misusing and abusing their official credit cards, and agency management has taken notice. After multiple reports in the last few months of USPS employees using their agency credit cards for non-work purposes -- including for gambling, groceries and eating out even when they’re not ...

The Federal Government Lost 40,000 More Employees Than It Gained Last Year

July 9, 2014 Federal agencies hired nearly half the number of employees in fiscal 2013 as they did four years prior, and the gap between employees leaving and joining federal service continued to grow. The federal government hired about 77,000 new employees in fiscal 2013, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis ...

The Benefits Federal Employees Love Most

July 9, 2014 This just in: Federal employees really like their retirement and health benefits. OK, so maybe that is not exactly breaking news. But a recently released survey shows federal workers value nearly all of their benefits. Their satisfaction has dropped off, however. The Office of Personnel Management first conducted the Federal ...

Around Government

July 9, 2014 Narrowing the Gender Gap Women feds are better educated and better compensated these days. By Kellie Lunney True or False: The gender pay gap is smaller among younger employees in the federal government. True. In fact, a lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. For instance, ...

Senators Want VA Wait List Manipulators to Give Back Their Bonuses

July 8, 2014 Lawmakers have made no secret about their desire to punish employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. Both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to ease the firing of VA senior executives and other employees, and to restrict or prohibit performance awards. A bicameral conference committee is currently negotiating an agency ...

How 3D Printing Could Save the Postal Service

July 8, 2014 The rise of 3D printing represents a significant growth opportunity for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a new report, potentially raising annual package revenue by $500 million. Three-D printers, which build physical objects layer-by-layer using plastics, powders, metals and other materials as their ink, could lead to a resurgence ...

Lawmakers Pressure OPM to Begin Phased Retirement

July 7, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is ramping up pressure on the Office of Personnel Management to put out final guidance that would allow federal employees to partially retire while training their successors. Four Democrats and two Republicans wrote a letter to ...

OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog to Its Lowest Point in Years

July 7, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management in June once again made progress on its retirement claims backlog, cutting the number of outstanding applications to the lowest point in years. OPM processed 8,787 claims in June, cutting the backlog by 15 percent since May to 12,391. This was in part due to ...

Progress on the Retirement Claims Backlog, In One Chart

July 7, 2014 The backlog of retirement claims is continuing to shrink, after a slight jump earlier this year. June saw a 15 percent reduction in the backlog over May, with unprocessed applications falling to 12,391. The chart below shows the Office of Personnel Management's progress on its effort to eliminate the backlog ...

USPS Will Shed 3,000 Employees by 2015, Through Retirements or Layoffs

July 3, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is offering 3,000 postmasters $10,000 each to retire early as the agency continues to reduce hours at post offices across the country. Qualified postmasters -- top supervisors at individual post offices -- have until Aug. 18 to accept the offer, and must separate from USPS by ...