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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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Treasury Moves Up Debt Ceiling Deadline

January 23, 2014 The U.S. government will reach its statutory debt limit in late February, earlier than previously expected, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Congress temporarily suspended the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, at which point the government will reach its borrowing limit. Treasury then will implement “extraordinary measures,” which Lew previously ...

Group Claims Vacancies at National Weather Service Endanger the Public

January 23, 2014 The National Weather Service is not filling hundreds of open positions despite having the funds to do so, an employee group has said, though the agency disputes the claim. The NWS Employees Organization called the vacancies “unnecessary and dangerous,” saying the agency was “flush” with $125 million in surplus funding, ...

Navy Seeks to Increase Pay for Sailors at Sea

January 22, 2014 The U.S. Navy is having a hard time filling at-sea positions, and it has a simple solution to the problem: Pay enlisted sailors more money. When sailors are deployed on a ship, the Navy pays them a stipend called career sea pay. The Navy soon will increase that stipend for ...

OPM to Lay Off 300 Employees

January 22, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management will lay off about 300 employees later this month, the agency announced on Wednesday. Uncle Sam’s human resources agency said federal government is hiring fewer people and conducting less training. This has diminished the demand for OPM’s services, according to Federal News Radio, which first ...

The Postal Service’s Latest Problem: Dilapidated, Unsafe Buildings

January 21, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has slashed jobs, posted net losses for several consecutive years, raised its prices and cut back on services. The latest problem for the beleaguered agency? Decrepit post offices. USPS instituted a capital spending freeze in 2009, resulting in a severe underfunding of postal facilities’ upkeep, the ...

Around Government

January 21, 2014 Sequestration Relief The easing of spending caps could stave off more furloughs, at least for now. Agencies likely won’t have to force employees to take unpaid leave in 2014, but accomplishing their missions could still prove difficult. In December 2013, Congress finally came together to pass a bipartisan budget compromise, ...

Report: Boosting Military Retiree Health Costs Would Save Billions

January 17, 2014 Raising TRICARE costs for retirees is the most effective way to curb rapidly increasing military health care expenses at the Defense Department, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Funding for military health care jumped by 130 percent between 2000 and 2012, thanks primarily to legislative efforts ...

Congress Pushes Forward on Security Clearance Reform Bill

January 16, 2014 The House has approved a Senate measure to bolster oversight of the security clearance process, providing funding for inspector general auditing of the investigations. The Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement -- or SCORE -- Act enables the Office of Personnel Management to use its revolving fund -- an account ...

Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 Some military retirees scored a small victory this week. The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military ...

Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 Some military retirees scored a small victory this week. The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military ...