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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
Results 1811-1820 of 1977

Budget cuts should not come at expense of civilian workforce, Pentagon officials say

December 6, 2012 The Defense Department’s civilian workforce plays a critical role in supporting the armed forces’ evolving mission and broad cuts to that workforce would be very harmful, top Pentagon officials said during a Washington event Thursday. Panelists at a discussion hosted by Government Executive spoke of the need to refocus efforts...

OPM hits a lull in retirement claims processing

December 5, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management received significantly fewer retirement claims in November than in recent months -- but also processed fewer claims -- the agency announced Wednesday. OPM received 6,584 retirement claims last month, the lowest total since February. It processed 11,966 claims, the lowest total since June. The overall...

Defense not monitoring cost-cutting initiatives, report finds

December 5, 2012 The Defense Department is not adequately tracking its cost-cutting measures, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office’s audit found Defense has no standardized way to monitor $100 billion in anticipated savings from “efficiency initiatives” -- 70 percent of which is supposed to be reinvested in high-priority military needs....

TSP retains investment manager for F Fund

December 4, 2012 The Thrift Savings Plan has renewed its contract with the current investment manager for the fixed income bond fund, its administrative board announced Monday. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board selected BlackRock Institutional Trust Co. to continue its role as F Fund manager -- a position it has held since...

Senate unanimously approves Hatch Act update

December 3, 2012 The Senate has unanimously approved the first Hatch Act reform measure in nearly 20 years, paving the way for some state and local government officials to run for partisan elected office. The 2012 Hatch Act Modernization Act would ensure state and municipal employees whose salaries come entirely from federal funds...

Feds petition to get Christmas Eve off

December 3, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday, Dec. 21, issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. Rather than waiting to see if President Obama is in the Christmas spirit, federal employees have attempted to take the cause of getting an extra day off around the...

Tweeting From Space

December 1, 2012 From Twitter to Foursquare check-ins to Mohawk Guy, it seems every-thing viral coming from federal government traces back to one agency: NASA. Jason Townsend, deputy social media manager for the agency and overseer of its 460 social media accounts, says the trend is no coincidence. “It’s been part of our...

Federal managers lack information about partial retirement options, survey finds

November 30, 2012 A majority of federal managers are under- or misinformed on their partial retirement options, according to a new survey. Eighty-six percent of federal supervisors plan to retire within the next 15 years, according to a survey from Government Business Council, Government Executive’s research arm. But 50 percent of respondents said...

Unions reject latest bid to include pay freeze, benefits cuts in deficit deal

November 29, 2012 Federal employee unions have come out strongly against a new Republican deficit reduction proposal that includes a three-year pay freeze extension for the federal workforce and increases the amount employees would pay into their pensions. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced his proposal Monday, which calls for a pay-freeze extension through...

Employee satisfaction dips at several agencies

November 29, 2012 Several agencies fared significantly worse in the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey than in 2011 -- and they are taking it seriously. While most agencies experienced little change from last year, the annual study administered by the Office of Personnel Management showed a dip in employee satisfaction ratings governmentwide. Agencies...