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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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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 ...

Only Some New Hires Are Contributing the Full Amount to Their Pensions

May 1, 2014 In December, Congress agreed to raise the rate federal employees hired after Dec. 31, 2013, must contribute toward their pensions to 4.4 percent. Most feds hired in 2014, however, are contributing 3.1 percent of their salaries to their pensions, as they wait for their payroll providers to update their software ...

House Once Again Targets VA Bonuses

May 1, 2014 The House on Wednesday passed an amendment to the Veterans Affairs Department spending bill to prohibit bonuses for any senior executives at VA in fiscal 2015, despite outcry from federal employee groups that say the ban will drive employees out of federal service. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Keith Rothfus, ...

House Republicans Aren't Budging on Military Compensation

May 1, 2014 Military families have delivered a clear message to the Defense Department and Congress: Don’t cut our subsidized housing, groceries or other fringe benefits. House Republicans have listened. Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., previewed his 2015 National Defense Authorization Act -- scheduled for full release Monday -- with his ...

House Republicans Aren’t Budging on Military Compensation

May 1, 2014 Military families have delivered a clear message to the Defense Department and Congress: Don’t cut our subsidized housing, groceries or other fringe benefits. House Republicans have listened. Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., previewed his 2015 National Defense Authorization Act -- scheduled for full release Monday -- with his ...