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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 1821-1830 of 1980

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...

Hearing on Veterans Affairs conference spending turns combative

November 28, 2012 Veterans Affairs Department officials assured lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that VA has taken measures to ensure it will not waste taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences such as two widely criticized human resources training events held in Orlando, Fla., in the summer of 2011. But the hearing turned contentious, with...

OPM revises language, pushes telework for federal closures

November 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management officially announced changes to its dismissal and closure procedures Tuesday, revealing a clarification to the language it uses to inform federal employees when offices are shut and a renewed focus on teleworking. As previously reported, OPM will use the message “Federal offices are closed --...

Sandy victims permitted to withdraw funds from TSP

November 26, 2012 Federal employees affected by Superstorm Sandy can withdraw emergency funds from their retirement account, the Thrift Savings Plan has announced. Workers who live in the covered disaster area -- counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island -- or who have relatives affected by the storm can withdraw...

EPA, labor union reach impasse

November 21, 2012 A federal employee union has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of taking “anti-union” stances in labor negotiations, saying the agency has rejected good-faith compromises and declared a stalemate. The American Federation of Government Employees has filed with the Federal Service Impasses Panel, an entity designed to resolve stalled agency-union negotiations...

Leaving feds out of deficit deal wins bipartisan support

November 21, 2012 A bipartisan group of lawmakers -- all representing areas heavily populated by federal employees -- has a message for President Obama and colleagues in Congress: Leave the federal workforce alone. The nine House members, all representing districts in Washington, Maryland or Virginia, said federal employees have “paid their fair share”...

Feds to Congress: Leave us out of deficit deal

November 20, 2012 The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the fiscal cliff. Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the...

Peace Corps volunteers not properly informed on health care compensation options

November 20, 2012 The Peace Corps and Labor Department are not adequately monitoring access to and quality of health care compensation for volunteers returning home after serving, a report has found. As required by the Federal Employee Compensation Act, volunteers who serve abroad as part of the Peace Corps are entitled to reimbursement...