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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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Fed Groups Offer Tepid Praise for Obama’s Budget

March 5, 2014 Federal employee groups largely supported President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget recommendation, though they once again criticized his proposed 1 percent pay raise to all civilian workers. Obama eliminated cuts aimed at federal employees that he had included in previous budgets -- including a pension contribution hike -- and asked for ...

TSP Rebounds in February

March 5, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan bounced back to a strong performance in February, seeing across-the- board gains after spending January mostly in the red. A turn in the markets carried the TSP to a positive month after January, which proved to be an outlier in what generally has been a very ...

Obama Warns Military Over Pay and Benefits

March 4, 2014 President Obama proposed less generous increases to several aspects of military compensation in his fiscal 2015 budget, saying service members’ pay and benefits have grown at an unsustainable rate in the last decade. Obama proposed a 1 percent raise in basic pay, the same amount service members received in 2014, ...

White House Backs Major Postal Overhaul

March 4, 2014 President Obama renewed his longstanding call to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2015 budget, saying the agency must be reformed to ensure its future viability. Obama recommended restructuring the Postal Service’s requirement to prefund the health care of retirees. His plan would defer the fixed payments due ...

Obama: Growth of Military Pay and Benefits Cannot Be Sustained

March 4, 2014 President Obama proposed less generous increases to several aspects of military compensation in his fiscal 2015 budget, saying service members’ pay and benefits have grown at an unsustainable rate in the last decade. Obama proposed a 1 percent raise in basic pay, the same amount service members received in 2014, ...

Obama’s Fed-Friendly Budget Blueprint

March 4, 2014 President Obama removed many of the cuts previously aimed at federal employees in his fiscal 2015 budget, instead promising to “unlock the full potential” of the government workforce. Obama struck a conciliatory tone in the blueprint when referring to federal workers that has been present in the rhetoric of past ...

Border Patrol Agents: Let Us Shoot at Rock Throwers

March 3, 2014 Amid reports of improper use of force, U.S. Border Patrol agents are defending their use of lethal weapons against criminals and undocumented aliens who throw rocks at them. The National Border Patrol Council, which represents 17,000 BP agents and staff, said Monday both the Homeland Security Department’s use of force ...

Drinking and Sleeping: How D.C.-Area Feds Are Spending Their Snow Day

March 3, 2014 The Mid-Atlantic hasn’t seen this much snow since Snowpocalypse three years ago. On Monday, federal employees in the Washington, D.C. region received their fourth snow day this season. Some have pointed out that due to the above-average number of snow days this winter, the government shutdown in the fall and ...

OPM Director to Feds: ‘I Am Here for You’

February 28, 2014 Katherine Archuleta, the relatively new director of the Office of Personnel Management, vowed on Friday to improve the working experience of federal employees as well as the public’s perception of the government workforce. In remarks to federal workers at the closing event of the National Treasury Employees Union annual legislative ...

The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart

February 27, 2014 Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he will propose a 1 percent raise for federal employees in 2015. If adopted by Congress, the raise would mark the second consecutive 1 percent increase after three years of frozen pay. Federal employee groups were not impressed, calling the proposal “pitiful,” “inadequate” ...