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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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Postal Service Asks for Emergency Price Increase

September 25, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service proposed on Wednesday to increase its rates more than the standard, inflation-based cap that typically constrains price bumps, citing its financial condition and the uncertainty of legislative action to justify the emergency measure. Known as an “exigent rate increase,” the Postal Service Board of Governors must ...

Feds Will Pay 4.4 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2014

September 24, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal employees will pay 4.4 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2014, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $3.28 more per paycheck, while those with family coverage will ...

NASA Will Pay You $18,000 to Lie in Bed for 70 Days

September 23, 2013 Looking for a way to get paid for just lying around? NASA has the perfect position for you. The space agency is looking for human guinea pigs to remain in bed rest for 70 days, 24-hours a day. For your troubles, they will pay you $18,000, according to Forbes, which ...

Naval Sea Systems Command Employees Likely to Remain Scattered for Months

September 23, 2013 The Naval Sea Systems Command has scattered its employees across many different locations as its headquarters remains closed, the agency has announced. Its main office building, Washington Navy Yard building 197 -- which housed 3,000 NAVSEA employees and was the location of a Sept. 16 mass shooting that left 13 ...

IRS Moves Forward With Plan to Cancel $70 Million in Employee Bonuses

September 20, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service scored an initial victory against a union that challenged the agency’s plan to end bonuses in 2013 for bargaining unit employees, but the union has pledged to continue its fight. The bonus cancellation -- which would save the IRS $70 million -- was upheld by a ...

Mailing Industry Denounces Proposal to Give USPS More Control Over Pricing

September 19, 2013 Private mailing companies and postal regulators expressed deep concern with a proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service during a congressional hearing Thursday, saying provisions to give the agency more control over pricing would ultimately harm the industry. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held the first of two ...

Obama Initiates Security Clearance Review After Navy Yard Shooting

September 18, 2013 President Obama has directed his budget office to review the policy for granting security clearances “for contractors and employees across federal agencies” in light of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, the White House announced Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Office of Management and ...

Navy Yard Closed Again on Wednesday

September 17, 2013 The Washington Navy Yard will remain closed to most employees for the second consecutive day Wednesday after a shooting on the base Monday left 13 dead. The base is still an active crime scene and only “mission essential personnel” should report to their offices Wednesday, Naval District Washington announced on ...

Navy Offers Support Services to Personnel and Families Affected by Shooting

September 17, 2013 This story has been updated. The head of the Navy called for all personnel to “come together as a family” in light of the shooting as the Washington Navy Yard Monday, and the department set up several avenues for assisting employees in coping with the tragedy. The Navy established an ...

Federal Offices Near Navy Yard Slowly Lift Lockdowns

September 16, 2013 This story has been updated. The Transportation Department headquarters has lifted its lockdown after a shooting at the nearby Washington Navy Yard, according to an agency spokeswoman. The department has two buildings just outside the Navy Yard, where authorities say 13 individuals were shot and killed Monday morning. The shooter ...