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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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Some Lawmakers Are Feeling More Generous Toward Feds

March 12, 2014 Congress has not exactly been kind to federal employees’ pay and benefits over the last couple years. Are lawmakers finally turning a corner to help out the civilian workforce? Several members of Congress have introduced legislation in recent days to boost or improve an array of federal benefits. Of course, ...

Telework, Communication Key to Improving Employee Engagement, Federal Managers Say

March 11, 2014 Federal managers can improve relationships with their employees through more open communication and offering workplace flexibility options like telework, speakers told supervisors Tuesday at a convention in Northern Virginia. Officials from across government addressed the Federal Managers Association, speaking on the importance of leadership to maximize employee productivity and implement ...

The Highly Educated Federal Workforce in Two Charts

March 10, 2014 The federal workforce is getting smarter. Or at least it is spending more time in school. In supplementary budget documents released Monday, the White House said federal agencies employ between half to two-thirds more “highly educated workers” than private sector firms, depending on the size of the company. The Obama ...

Obama Would Increase Federal Workforce by 14,000 in 2015

March 10, 2014 Federal employment would increase by 14,000 jobs under President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal. The departments of Treasury and Veterans Affairs would net the largest staff increases, with an additional 7,400 and 2,200 employees, respectively. Obama would boost the Securities and Exchange Commission rolls by the largest percentage of any ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Continues to Grow

March 10, 2014 Thousands of federal employees filed for retirement in February, increasing the claims backlog at the Office of Personnel Management. More than 12,000 feds submitted retirement claims to OPM last month, down from the 17,000 claims it received in January. Federal workers typically retire in droves at the beginning of each ...

These Are the Pentagon’s Ideas for Reforming Retirement Benefits

March 9, 2014 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 personnel earlier in their careers ...

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 ...