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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.
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TSP funds round out 2012 with modest gains

January 2, 2013 Nearly every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan experienced modest gains in December. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, continued to be the strongest performer, rising 4.02 percent in December and 18.62 percent for 2012. The F Fund, invested in fixed income bonds, was the only plan to...

USPS must pay for retirees now or later, GAO says

December 28, 2012 Legislators must choose between short-term fixes to the U.S. Postal Service and the long-term viability of the agency when addressing the future of retirees’ health benefits, according to a new report. A Government Accountability Office study analyzed several approaches to a prefunding mandate for the benefits, finding cuts to what...

Revolving door still open to Coast Guard top officers, senior execs, GAO finds

December 28, 2012 More than half of high-ranking officials who left the U.S. Coast Guard in a recent five-year period received payments from companies with contracts from the military branch, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office’s audit found 22 of 39 Coast Guard admirals and Senior Executive Service employees who...

Reported sexual assaults at military academies continue to rise

December 27, 2012 Sexual assault reports at military academies continued to rise in 2012, according to Pentagon officials. There were 80 reports of sexual assault in the 2011-2012, marking a 23 percent increase from the previous academic year. The number has been increasing since 2008. “Every one of these reports represents somebody being...

Obama gives feds Christmas Eve off

December 21, 2012 This story has been updated with background and details. All executive departments and agencies will be closed Christmas Eve, giving federal employees a four-day weekend, President Obama declared Friday in an executive order. Obama allowed for some exceptions to the holiday, where necessary. “The heads of executive branch departments and...

House passes bill requiring feds to pay more for retirement

December 20, 2012 House lawmakers passed legislation requiring spending cuts to accompany Speaker John Boehner’s Plan B tax proposal, including major changes to federal employee retirement plans, before Boehner pulled the Plan B bill from the floor Thursday evening for lack of GOP support. The 2012 Spending Reduction Act, part of the Republican...

Congress approves Hatch Act update

December 19, 2012 The first Hatch Act update in nearly 20 years, which was headed to President Obama’s desk after the House approved it Wednesday, will allow for some state and local government officials to run for partisan elected office. The 2012 Hatch Act Modernization Act, unanimously approved by the Senate earlier in...

House backs unpaid leave for senior execs under investigation

December 19, 2012 A proposal to allow federal agencies to place senior civil servants accused of wrongdoing on unpaid leave cleared the House Wednesday by a 402-2 vote. The Government Employee Accountability Act would allow agencies to put Senior Executive Service employees on unpaid administrative leave for up to 180 days if they...

A less popular fed petition: Actually, don't give us Christmas Eve off

December 19, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. On the heels of an online petition to give federal employees Christmas Eve off passing the threshold to require an official White House response, a new petition has surfaced, asking for...

Postal reps stage hunger strike, pledge 'escalating tactics' on lawmakers

December 18, 2012 Unions representing U.S. Postal Service workers are staging a hunger strike this week to urge Congress to avoid dramatic changes to the mail delivery agency as part of any new legislation in the lame-duck session. The six-day hunger strike -- which started Monday and lasts through Saturday -- is meant...