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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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House Approves Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

September 17, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to keep government agencies open through mid-December by a 319-108 vote, and the bill will now head to the Senate where it is expected to receive final approval. Desperate to avoid a government shutdown before the November midterm election, lawmakers opted to fund ...

Senate Approves Bill to Default New Hires Into Riskier, Higher Yielding TSP Fund

September 17, 2014 The Senate passed a measure to invest new federal employees’ retirement savings into lifecycle funds rather than government securities. The Smart Savings Act, endorsed by the Thrift Savings Plan’s governing board and its stakeholders, would change the default fund for new hires from the low-yielding-but-steady G Fund to the higher ...

House OKs Bill Mandating More Firings of Misbehaving Federal Employees

September 17, 2014 This story has been updated. The House Tuesday evening passed a measure that would require federal agencies to fire any employees found guilty of destroying or manipulating official records. The Federal Records Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would remove any employees an inspector general found knowingly “concealed, ...

Bill to Avoid Shutdown on Track for Passage This Week

September 16, 2014 A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week, though the final iteration of the measure remains unclear. Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday, with members ...

Agencies Are Increasingly Dismissing Discrimination Claims for the Wrong Reasons

September 15, 2014 Federal agencies are increasingly in the wrong when they dismiss discrimination charges, a report released on Monday found. On average, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reversed one-third of all cases dismissed between fiscal years 2008 and 2012 by an agency without an investigation or hearing. The reversal rate has ...

Here's A Chart Showing 30 Years of Military Pay Raises

September 15, 2014 Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way. The fate of the military raise, however, hangs much more in the balance. Obama and a Senate committee have backed a ...

One Chart Showing Every Military Pay Raise in the Last 30 Years

September 15, 2014 Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way. The fate of the military raise, however, hangs much more in the balance. Obama and a Senate committee have backed a ...

Will Congress Save the U.S. Postal Service?

September 12, 2014 Just about everyone agrees the U.S. Postal Service must change the way it does business. It’s not hard to see why: In 1970, Congress overhauled what was then known as the Post Office to create USPS, allowing it to operate independently from the rest of the federal government and requiring ...

Lawmakers Are Still Finding New Ways to Punish VA Employees

September 11, 2014 When Congress last month passed a massive overhaul and funding initiative to fix the broken Veterans Affairs Department, the law’s architects said their work was just getting started. On Wednesday, members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee followed through on that promise. Lawmakers approved yet another measure that would make ...

IRS Can Now Withdraw Money from Your TSP Account to Collect on Tax Debts

September 11, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service can now officially dip into federal employees’ retirement savings to recoup delinquent tax debts. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board on Wednesday issued a final rule to implement a bill President Obama signed into law in early 2013 making TSP accounts subject to federal tax levies. ...