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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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How Exactly Will Agencies Erase Bias Against Unemployed Job Applicants?

April 25, 2014 Federal agencies must soon disclose specifically how they will comply with a White House order to eliminate bias against unemployed job applicants, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The federal government’s human resources agency told chief human capital officers across government they must submit reports by the ...

Nationwide Protests Call for End to Postal Service Partnership With Staples

April 24, 2014 U.S. Postal Service workers on Thursday convened at Staples stores across the country to protest a deal the agency has made to offer its services at the retail locations. The American Postal Workers Union organized the demonstrations at more than 50 Staples locations in 27 states, calling the public-private partnership ...

Feds Won’t be Able To Escape Their TSP Debt, Even By Leaving Government

April 23, 2014 The agency that runs the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have the authority to collect its debts even after a delinquent federal employee leaves public service for private-sector employment. A final rule issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will allow the agency -- starting May 27 -- to ...

Actually, the Army Will 'Involuntarily Separate' Officers

April 23, 2014 The Army will in fact lay off at least 2,000 officers to reach its end force goals, a spokesman clarified Wednesday. Government Executive reported on Tuesday that contrary to previous stories, the Army would not have to force anyone out of the service. A spokesman said the Army would instead ...

Actually, the Army Will 'Involuntarily Separate' Officers

April 23, 2014 The Army will in fact lay off at least 2,000 officers to reach its end force goals, a spokesman clarified Wednesday. Government Executive reported on Tuesday that contrary to previous stories, the Army would not have to force anyone out of the service. A spokesman said the Army would instead ...

The IRS Gave $1 Million in Bonuses to Employees Who Didn’t Pay Their Taxes

April 22, 2014 More than 1,100 employees at the Internal Revenue Service received nearly $1.1 million in cash bonuses over two years despite not paying or underreporting their taxes, according to a new report. In total, about 2,800 employees who were involved in misconduct that resulted in disciplinary action received a total of ...

Army Denies It Will Lay Off 3,000 Officers To Meet Force Reduction Goals

April 22, 2014 The Army on Tuesday denied it will have to force anyone out of its service in the coming years, amidst reports it would have to issue reductions in force to thousands of officers. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday the Army will have to force out 3,000 officers to meet ...

Smithsonian Boosts Hipster Credentials to Save Endangered Species

April 22, 2014 The Smithsonian Institution was ranked in 2013 as one of the best places to work in federal government. It makes sense; the agency is largely tasked with maintaining art, curating museums and running zoos. You can now add to that list “makes songs with hipster indie bands.” The Smithsonian Institution’s ...

Army Denies It Will Lay Off 3,000 Officers to Meet Force Reduction Goals

April 22, 2014 The Army on Tuesday denied it will have to force anyone out of its service in the coming years, amidst reports it would have to issue reductions in force to thousands of officers. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday the Army will have to force out 3,000 officers to meet ...

No, the Postal Service Is Not 'Hoarding' Ammunition

April 21, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is buying up a ton of bullets as part of a governmentwide conspiracy to limit the amount of ammunition available to the general public. That would be a great lede. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Conservative websites like Newsmax and Breitbart published stories last week implicitly asserting ...