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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 Employees Used Travel Cards for Grocery Shopping, Eating Out

July 3, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years on unauthorized cash withdrawals and personal purchases using government travel cards, according to a new report. USPS’ inspector general found a lack of oversight allowed employees to take between April 2012 and March 2013 more ...

Here’s How the Pentagon Could Save $108 Billion Over the Next Decade

July 2, 2014 Thanks to sequestration, the Defense Department will have to reduce its spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Despite congressional resistance, Pentagon leaders -- up to and including the commander in chief -- have repeatedly sought to rein in compensation for military members and retirees in order to ...

Defense Would Get the Most Mileage From Trimming Pay, Benefits

July 2, 2014 Thanks to sequestration, the Defense Department will have to reduce its spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Despite congressional resistance, Pentagon leaders -- up to and including the commander in chief -- have repeatedly sought to rein in compensation for military members and retirees in order to ...

Pentagon Pays More for Prescription Drugs Than Other Federal Health Programs

July 2, 2014 As the Defense Department looks to lower its compensation expenditures to meet required spending reductions, it may want to reexamine its pharmaceutical policies. A recent Government Accountability Office report found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs per unit than other major federally sponsored health care packages. In 2011, Defense ...

Obama to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Feds

July 1, 2014 President Obama will soon certify federal agencies cannot discriminate against transgender employees. On Monday he announced his intentions to sign an executive order to back up existing regulations. The guidance, which Obama has ordered staff to draft, will ban workplace discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity. A ...

USPS to Shutter 82 More Processing Plants in 2015

July 1, 2014 In January, the U.S. Postal Service will resume its previously delayed plan to close more processing plants, the agency announced. The consolidations originally were scheduled for February 2014 but were pushed back for undisclosed reasons. The closures are part of an ongoing effort to streamline postal operations. USPS shuttered about ...

Uncle Sam Could Soon Dip Into Your TSP to Recover Tax Debts

June 30, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service will soon be able to dip into federal employees’ retirement savings to recoup delinquent tax debts, with the TSP’s governing board taking steps last week to finalize a 2013 law. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a proposed rule Friday to implement a bill President ...

Senior Executives Are Increasingly Leaving the Government

June 27, 2014 The federal government’s senior executives are leaving the civil service at a rapidly increasing rate, according to a new report, creating the possibility for a significant shortage of qualified top managers. Graduate students at The George Washington University, in conjunction with the Senior Executives Association, found through analysis of data ...

EPA to Congress: Help Us Fire Misbehaving Employees

June 27, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief this week encouraged Congress to reduce administrative hurdles involved in firing unruly employees, who have plagued the agency in recent months. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members pressed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a hearing on why employees who spent hours each day looking ...

Lawmakers Want Agencies to Share Information on Job Applicants

June 26, 2014 A pair of Democratic senators has introduced a bill to improve federal hiring by allowing agencies to share information on job applicants. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applications with each other. The Competitive Service Act, sponsored by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, ...