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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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DoJ Will Notify Nearly 1 Million Feds of Eligibility to Join Shutdown Lawsuit

March 6, 2015 About 1 million federal employees will soon be receiving an email on their federal accounts informing them of their eligibility to potentially win some money. The notice is no phishing scam, however; rather the email will come from the Justice Department to alert those who were forced to work without...

Retirement Claims Backlog Hits 18-Month High

March 6, 2015 The retirement claims backlog reached its highest total in a year and a half in February, according to figures published by the Office of Personnel Management. More than 24,000 would-be annuitants are awaiting approval from OPM, the highest total since July 2013. The backlog was inflated by a large spike...

How to End Government Shutdown Threats Forever

March 5, 2015 Taken in its totality, the federal government is the largest employer in the nation. According to one lawmaker, it is sometimes also “the worst boss in the world.” Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has a plan to change that, however. The continual, ever-looming threat of a government shutdown stagnates the economy...

Boats, Biometrics and Other Items in the Homeland Security Funding Bill

March 5, 2015 The impasse has ended. The Homeland Security Department is not shutting down. What does that mean for the department and its 225,000 employees? For starters, 30,000 workers will not be forced to take unpaid furloughs next week, and the remaining employees will not have to report to work without pay....

VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through...

VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through...

What Is Actually in the Homeland Security Funding Bill

March 4, 2015 The impasse has ended. The Homeland Security Department is not shutting down. What does that mean for the department and its 225,000 employees? For starters, 30,000 workers will not be forced to take unpaid furloughs next week, and the remaining employees will not have to report to work without pay....

Lawmakers Look to Give More Postal Employees Appeal Rights

March 3, 2015 A new bill would give more U.S. Postal Service employees the right to appeal negative personnel actions, potentially providing thousands of workers with a new ability to present their cases to a third party. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester, Mont., and Brian Schatz, Hawaii, introduced the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendment...

Feds Will Miss a Pay Raise Champion

March 2, 2015 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced on Monday she will not be seeking re-election when her term expires next year. The lawmaker was known for many things, including being the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, but to federal employees Mikulski was best known as a champion. Her position as...

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations

March 2, 2015 The Homeland Security Department avoided a shutdown on Friday, although it did so with just hours to spare and only temporarily. The shutdown clock has been reset, once again with a Friday at midnight deadline. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson cautioned Congress to avoid a short-term funding measure, saying the uncertainty...