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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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Obese Feds Can Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered

April 10, 2014 The best means to achieving weight loss is through diet and exercise. So says the Office of Personnel Management and, well, everyone. OPM has acknowledged there are other means to shed the pounds, however, including through the use of “drug therapy.” Several anti-obesity medications are approved by the Food and ...

Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform

April 8, 2014 A key proponent of overhauling the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday vowed to introduce a new reform bill in the coming weeks, promising to work more closely with the White House in hopes of encouraging more bipartisan support. That support, however, remains far from guaranteed, detractors made clear during a ...

Obama Wants Federal Contractors to Pay Men and Women Equally

April 7, 2014 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday will issue two executive orders aimed at the federal contractor workforce as part of an effort to eliminate gender-based pay disparities. The first executive order will protect a federal contractor’s right to discuss their pay openly with coworkers. The order will ...

Lawmaker: We Deserve a Pay Raise

April 4, 2014 Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., has made a career out of sticking up for Executive Branch employees, consistently fighting for pay raises and other benefits to support the federal workforce. In the twilight of his congressional career, however, the 23-year lawmaker is turning his attention to the Legislative Branch, and concerning ...

Federal Agencies Shed 10,000 Jobs in March

April 4, 2014 The federal government lost more than 10,000 jobs in March, continuing a downward trend in the size of the civilian workforce over the past two years. About 1,200 of the job losses last month were at the U.S. Postal Service, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor ...

The Shrinking Federal Workforce, In One Chart

April 4, 2014 The federal government lost 10,000 jobs last month, and that is just the latest in a series of losses over the past two years. Sequestration and other budget cuts have forced civilian agencies to scale back -- or in some cases freeze -- their hiring. The following chart shows how ...

Boehner: Make It Easier to Fire VA Execs

April 3, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined a chorus of Republican lawmakers Thursday in supporting legislation that would make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, saying the agency is “failing veterans.” Boehner promised a vote “soon” on the 2014 VA Management Accountability Act, which would allow ...

Your Mass Transit Benefits Could Soon Double

April 3, 2014 A Senate committee on Thursday voted to fully restore mass transit benefits for two years, after they were cut almost in half on Jan. 1. The benefit for federal employees using public transportation fell from $245 to $130 in 2014 after a provision in the American Taxpayer Relief Act – ...

Supreme Court Declines Case Involving Due Process for Feds in 'Sensitive' Positions

April 2, 2014 The Supreme Court this week denied a hearing on a lower court decision that prevents federal employees in national security “sensitive” positions from appealing terminations or demotions, effectively allowing the ruling to stand. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in August that federal employees -- mostly ...

House GOP Budget Would Cut Compensation for Postal Workers

April 2, 2014 The House Republican budget considered in committee Wednesday would require U.S. Postal Service employees to pay more for health care, using that reform and others to save $19 billion over 10 years. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., targeted USPS employees in his budget blueprint as part of a larger effort to ...