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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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How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27, 2014 The 2010 Affordable Care Act will improve coverage while lowering costs for the 8.2 million workers, retirees and dependents participating in the federal employee health care program, an Obama administration official said Thursday. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told attendees of the annual Carrier Conference that the 2010 ...

Have a Clearance? You Can Earn a Lot More Outside Government

March 27, 2014 If you have a security clearance, it pays to be in the private sector. That is the takeaway from a new report from ClearanceJobs.com, a company that matches cleared individuals to companies searching for new employees. Government employees with security clearances earn $86,218 on average, according to the survey of ...

OPM Sets Date for Self Plus One Health Coverage

March 25, 2014 Federal employees cannot enroll in self-plus-one health coverage until 2016, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. The coverage option -- which will enable federal employees with a spouse and no dependents a new choice when enrolling in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program -- was included in the 2013 ...

Senior Officials Were Taking Personal Trips on Government Aircraft and Not Reporting It

March 21, 2014 Senior personnel at intelligence agencies have not reported their use of official government aircraft, a breach of executive branch requirements, according to a new audit. The General Services Administration should not collect data on use of aircraft in classified missions, the Government Accountability Office found, but should require more reporting ...

TSP Considers Adding New Investments

March 20, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan could benefit from new asset classes, according to a third-party report delivered to the plan’s overseers. Emerging market equities would offer the highest long-term return potential, according to Mercer, a contracted investment firm. Other offerings, such as commodities, global real estate and an international small cap ...

Earning New Benefits, Protecting Old Ones

March 19, 2014 In June 2011, the American Federation of Government employees won the right to represent employees at the Transportation Security Administration. More than a year later, TSA workers ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement. That contract created new awards for employees, reformed the leave process, placed a greater emphasis on giving ...

Feds: Put That NCAA Bracket Away and Get Back to Work

March 19, 2014 It’s mid-March, so it’s time to pony up some cash, make your high-analysis picks and submit your bracket for the 2014 NCAA basketball tournament. Unless you are a federal employee. John Mahoney, an attorney with the fed-friendly law firm Tully Rinckey, warned federal workers to stay away from the madness. ...

Republicans Want to Cut 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

March 18, 2014 A group of Republican lawmakers are proposing to slash the civilian workforce at the Defense Department by 15 percent, a move they estimate will save $82.5 billion over five years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees, or REDUCE, Act would cut nearly 115,000 jobs from the ...

USPS Slashing 10,000 Jobs in 2015

March 18, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service will reduce its workforce by 10,000 employees in 2015, the postmaster general said Monday. USPS will not offer early retirement or buyout incentives, Patrick Donahoe said at the National Postal Forum, instead relying exclusively on not filling positions after employees separate from the agency. The Postal ...

Not Many College Students Are Interested in Federal Service

March 17, 2014 Less than 6 percent of college students list the federal government as their ideal career, according to a new survey. The federal government already has a dearth of young employees, with workers younger than 30 making up just 8.5 percent of its workforce, compared to 23 percent of the country’s ...