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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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The Shrinking Federal Workforce, In One Chart

April 4, 2014 The federal government lost 10,000 jobs last month, and that is just the latest in a series of losses over the past two years. Sequestration and other budget cuts have forced civilian agencies to scale back -- or in some cases freeze -- their hiring. The following chart shows how ...

Boehner: Make It Easier to Fire VA Execs

April 3, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined a chorus of Republican lawmakers Thursday in supporting legislation that would make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, saying the agency is “failing veterans.” Boehner promised a vote “soon” on the 2014 VA Management Accountability Act, which would allow ...

Your Mass Transit Benefits Could Soon Double

April 3, 2014 A Senate committee on Thursday voted to fully restore mass transit benefits for two years, after they were cut almost in half on Jan. 1. The benefit for federal employees using public transportation fell from $245 to $130 in 2014 after a provision in the American Taxpayer Relief Act – ...

Supreme Court Declines Case Involving Due Process for Feds in 'Sensitive' Positions

April 2, 2014 The Supreme Court this week denied a hearing on a lower court decision that prevents federal employees in national security “sensitive” positions from appealing terminations or demotions, effectively allowing the ruling to stand. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in August that federal employees -- mostly ...

House GOP Budget Would Cut Compensation for Postal Workers

April 2, 2014 The House Republican budget considered in committee Wednesday would require U.S. Postal Service employees to pay more for health care, using that reform and others to save $19 billion over 10 years. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., targeted USPS employees in his budget blueprint as part of a larger effort to ...

This Is What an Overhaul of the Federal Employee Pay System Could Look Like

April 1, 2014 The civil service system that governs the federal workforce is outdated and counterproductive, according a new report, and should be overhauled to improve hiring practices, reward top performers and create a more market-based pay structure. The current system is a “relic of a bygone era” that does not account for ...

VA Rehires Employee Involved in Drunk Driving Tragedy for $100K Job

April 1, 2014 A Veterans Affairs Department employee who was driving a government truck after a night of drinking when a co-worker fell out of the vehicle and died was re-hired at the agency after initially resigning, according to a report. Jed Fillingim was on official travel to Dallas with two colleagues for ...

Lawmaker to Feds: You Don’t Need So Many Limos

March 31, 2014 A Democratic lawmaker wants to cut the number of limousines in the federal fleet in half, despite a significant reduction in government’s luxury vehicles in recent years. Rep. John Barrow, a moderate Democrat in a potentially vulnerable Georgia seat, introduced the bill to boost his credentials in cutting government waste. ...

Senators to OPM: Your Retirement Claims Processing Is So 1977

March 28, 2014 A bipartisan group of senators on Friday condemned the Office of Personnel Management for wasting “millions of taxpayer dollars” every year by continuing to use an antiquated system to process retirement claims from former federal employees. The lawmakers called the largely analog system “unacceptable,” noting the average processing time -- ...

USPS Workers Went Bowling, Gambling Using Agency Credit Cards

March 28, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees used agency credit cards to pay for gambling sprees, bowling games and personal travel, according to a report in the Washington Examiner. One manager used her card to withdraw $32,000 in cash to gamble, according to Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by the Examiner. Closed ...