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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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Defense Unveils Options to Overhaul Military Retirement System

March 7, 2014 This story has been updated. The Defense Department has outlined several possibilities for overhauling retirement benefits for military personnel, which could provide more cash up front to service members but limit overall compensation. The ideas, which Pentagon officials stressed were not recommendations or suggestions, would provide some benefits to military ...

Lawmaker Says Federal Government Should Hire More Employees Without College Degrees

March 6, 2014 Federal agencies should hire more employees who have not attended “traditional” colleges and universities, according to a prominent Republic senator. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the Alternative Qualifications for Federal Employment Act Wednesday, which would establish a pilot program for agencies to hire individuals who did not attend a four-year ...

Feds Petition for More Pay; Some Could Get It

March 5, 2014 Federal employees were, for the most part, not happy with President Obama’s proposal to once again raise their pay 1 percent in 2015. Some are petitioning the White House to provide a larger increase. One fed has taken to We the People, an online petition system created by the Obama ...

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 ...