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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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Are You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?

August 21, 2014 A record percentage of federal employees are enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to the agency that oversees the federal retirement investment accounts, but participants may not be contributing the optimal amount. Nearly 88 percent of workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System had TSP accounts at the ...

How Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring

August 20, 2014 The federal government’s complicated and layered rules about hiring military veterans has created the perception of unfair and preferential treatment, which has in turn negatively impacted employee engagement, according to a new report. The “patchwork of laws” that governs veterans’ preference hiring -- a concept that has existed in federal ...

Three Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs

August 20, 2014 Minority and female workers make up more of the federal workforce than they did 10 years ago, but on average they bring home a smaller paycheck than their white, male colleagues. According to the latest data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women in fiscal 2011 made up 43.81 percent ...

How Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costs

August 19, 2014 Federal workers’ compensation laws discourage employees from returning to the job and create unnecessary and burdensome costs for federal agencies, according to the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. USPS’ workers’ compensation costs have grown rapidly in recent years, the IG found, despite drastic cuts to the agency’s workforce. The Postal ...

Federal Agencies Are Falling Behind on Hiring Women and Disabled Employees

August 19, 2014 The percentage of women in the federal workforce is declining, according to the latest data, while the percentage of minority employees has remained stagnant. A new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission showed women made up 43.81 percent of the federal workforce in fiscal 2011, down from 43.97 in ...

New VA Chief Vows 'Patience' and 'Respect' When Firing Executives

August 17, 2014 Malfeasant Veterans Affairs Department employees will be held accountable, newly sworn-in Secretary Bob McDonald said on Thursday, but the process will take time and the employees will be treated with respect. When touring a VA facility in Memphis, McDonald told reporters he could not disclose any information on who or ...

New VA Chief Wants to Fire More Employees . . . Respectfully

August 15, 2014 Malfeasant Veterans Affairs Department employees will be held accountable, newly sworn-in Secretary Bob McDonald said on Thursday, but the process will take time and the employees will be treated with respect. When touring a VA facility in Memphis, McDonald told reporters he could not disclose any information on who or ...

It Just Got Easier to Lobby Federal Agencies

August 14, 2014 Many lobbyists will now be able to participate in federal government advisory boards and commissions, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. The Office of Management and Budget issued the revised guidance to largely roll back an executive action President Obama took in 2010. That memorandum prohibited all agency heads from appointing ...

How to Win a Furlough Appeal

August 14, 2014 Last summer, hundreds of thousands of federal employees were forced to take unpaid leave as agencies rushed to meet reduced spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Labor groups felt the mandatory furloughs were unfair and unnecessary, and they advised their members to appeal the decisions with the ...

Agency Chief Rebuffs Union Over Authority to More Quickly Fire Bad Employees

August 12, 2014 Misbehaving employees should be “held accountable” more quickly, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency wrote in a recent letter to a labor union, doubling down on her request for increased firing authority, which she initially pitched at a congressional hearing in June. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy drew the ire ...