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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 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 ...

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, ...