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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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Union Calls Obama’s Proposed 1 Percent Raise ‘Pitiful’

February 25, 2014 Federal employee groups criticized President Obama’s proposal for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 for civilian employees and most military personnel, calling the suggestion “inadequate” and “pitiful.” A White House official on Monday announced Obama was including the recommended pay raise in his soon-to-be-released fiscal 2015 budget. If Congress ...

House Tries Again to ‘Stop Government Abuse’

February 24, 2014 The Republican-controlled House has dubbed this week “Stop Government Abuse Week,” planning votes in the coming days on a dozen measures to increase government oversight. The House will vote on an array of bills to boost transparency of agency operations and the regulatory process. House GOP leadership said the set ...

Obama Offers Troops 1 Percent Raise, Freezes Top Brass Pay

February 24, 2014 President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for both civilian federal employees and service members in his fiscal 2015 budget, according to an administration official. Obama’s recommendation, which he will unveil on March 4 as part of the budget release, proposes the same raise that federal workers received ...

Obama to Propose 1 Percent Raise for Feds, Troops in FY15 Budget

February 24, 2014 President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for both civilian federal employees and service members in his fiscal 2015 budget, according to an administration official. Obama’s recommendation, which he will unveil on March 4 as part of the budget release, proposes the same raise that federal workers received ...

USPS Denies It’s Making Letter Carriers Return Early to Avoid Paying Overtime

February 21, 2014 Letter carriers in the Washington, D.C. area told a local news station they have been forced to end their routes before completing their deliveries so they don’t earn overtime, though U.S. Postal Service officials have disputed the claims. Anonymous USPS employees this week told WJLA -- an ABC affiliate – ...

Hundreds of 2013 Presidential Management Fellows Haven’t Been Hired

February 21, 2014 More than two-thirds of the 2013 finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows Program have not received jobs yet in the federal government, according to Office of Personnel Management data. The competitive fellowship program, formerly known as the Presidential Management Intern program, gives current graduate and doctoral school students and recent ...

Obama Will Not Include COLA Reductions in FY15 Budget

February 20, 2014 This story has been updated with additional comment. President Obama will not tinker with federal retirees’ cost-of-living adjustments in his fiscal 2015 budget, which is scheduled for release in early March. Obama proposed switching to a chained Consumer Price Index -- a formula that slows the rate of inflation growth ...

Military Families Are Using Food Stamps More Than Ever

February 20, 2014 Much has been made of military compensation in recent months. Congress reduced, then quickly restored, cuts to the pensions of working-age retirees. Pentagon officials have talked repeatedly about the need to curb rapidly expanding pay and benefits costs, while military advocacy groups have lobbied for maintaining current levels. By at ...

Military Families Are Using Food Stamps More Than Ever

February 19, 2014 Much has been made of military compensation in recent months. Congress reduced, then quickly restored, cuts to the pensions of working-age retirees. Pentagon officials have talked repeatedly about the need to curb rapidly expanding pay and benefits costs, while military advocacy groups have lobbied for maintaining current levels. By at ...

IRS Senior Execs Took Improper Tax Deductions

February 19, 2014 Career senior executives at the Internal Revenue Service improperly claimed non-taxable revenue on travel expenses, despite receiving adequate instructions from the agency, according to a newly-released audit. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report published Tuesday that some IRS executives were not properly classifying their travel ...