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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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Lawmaker: Let Feds Invest TSP Savings in Companies With Female Leadership

May 19, 2015 Federal employees and retirees should have the opportunity to invest in women business leaders, according to a Democratic lawmaker. That is why Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the Gender Diversity Investment Act, which would create a new Thrift Savings Plan fund invested in companies “that demonstrate a strong commitment to...

Legal Cases Could Give Feds More Overtime Compensation, Appeal Rights

May 18, 2015 One recent federal court decision could change the way agencies dole out overtime, while another will provide federal employees with more appeal rights when faced with adverse actions. In Mercier v. United States, two nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department sued their employer for not paying out overtime they were...

Dog Bites (Mail)Man: The 10 Cities Where Dogs Attack Letter Carriers the Most

May 15, 2015 Dogs attacking the mailman do not just happen in the funny pages. Nearly 6,000 U.S. Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs in 2014, and USPS wants it to stop. As it has done for several years, the Postal Service has -- to correspond with National Dog Bite Prevention Week...

Awards and Job Satisfaction Surveys Issued to Boost Federal Workers' Morale

May 15, 2015 The Homeland Security Department honored 10 of its own employees and two local law enforcement officers on Thursday for acts of valor that “saved individuals from harm, rescued another’s life and protected infrastructure in support of the nation’s security.” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson instituted the Awards for Valor in 2014...

Whistleblower Says VA Spent More Than $6 Billion Unlawfully

May 15, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department unlawfully spent billions of dollars on procuring medical devices and supplies in recent years, according to a high-ranking whistleblower, leaving the department vulnerable to waste and putting veterans in harm’s way. Jan Frye, VA’s deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Acquisitions and Logistics, first brought...

VA to Congress: It’s Still Too Hard to Fire Bad Employees

May 14, 2015 Lawmakers grilled representatives from the Veterans Affairs Department and its health care partners on the underuse of the new law allowing certain veterans to receive private treatment on the government’s dime, while still managing to toss in some complaints on the department’s lack of firing. The House Veterans Affairs Committee...

VA Put Vets at Risk by Spending Billions Unlawfully, Whistleblower Says

May 14, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department unlawfully spent billions of dollars on procuring medical devices and supplies in recent years, according to a high-ranking whistleblower, leaving the department vulnerable to waste and putting veterans in harm’s way. Jan Frye, VA’s deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Acquisitions and Logistics, first brought...

VA Officials Say They're Trying to Fire People, But It's Still Really Hard

May 13, 2015 Lawmakers grilled representatives from the Veterans Affairs Department and its health care partners on the underuse of the new law allowing certain veterans to receive private treatment on the government’s dime, while still managing to toss in some complaints on the department’s lack of firing. The House Veterans Affairs Committee...

New Bill Would Give Thousands of Feds Collective Bargaining Rights

May 12, 2015 Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate would like to give doctors, nurses and other health providers at the Veterans Affairs Department collective bargaining rights, introducing a bill to allow them to negotiate compensation and staffing levels. Since 1991, VA’s medical professionals have been prohibited from bargaining over pay and...

Does Congress Really Need a $17 Million Subsidy to Send Mail?

May 11, 2015 “Since colonial times,” begins a recent Congressional Research Service report, members of Congress have been entitled to communicate with their constituents using the U.S. Postal Service on the taxpayers’ dime. While the rules specifying who can take advantage of the practice known as “franking” and how they can go about...