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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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Military Families Are Using Food Stamps More Than Ever

February 19, 2014 Much has been made of military compensation in recent months. Congress reduced, then quickly restored, cuts to the pensions of working-age retirees. Pentagon officials have talked repeatedly about the need to curb rapidly expanding pay and benefits costs, while military advocacy groups have lobbied for maintaining current levels. By at ...

IRS Senior Execs Took Improper Tax Deductions

February 19, 2014 Career senior executives at the Internal Revenue Service improperly claimed non-taxable revenue on travel expenses, despite receiving adequate instructions from the agency, according to a newly-released audit. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report published Tuesday that some IRS executives were not properly classifying their travel ...

Women: Hot Guys Don’t Drive Mail Trucks

February 18, 2014 Letter carriers at the U.S. Postal Service have a lot to worry about these days: a dramatically diminished workforce, potentially dangerous after-dark deliveries and, of course, dogs. Now you can add girl problems to the list. According to a poll from Insure.com, women ranked “mail trucks” dead last when asked ...

Federal Government Seeks Public Solution to Spending Less on Travel

February 18, 2014 The federal government is offering $90,000 to people who can help reduce its travel costs. Uncle Sam spends about $9 billion annually on travel, and the General Services Administration is turning to its own crowdsourcing website for help reducing that tab. GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy opened its Travel Data ...

Army Soldiers Go for Gold in Sochi

February 14, 2014 Becoming an Olympic athlete requires discipline and focus, drive and determination, a supreme commitment to being the best you can be. It stands to reason then that the U.S. Army would be a launching pad for Olympians, and its World Class Athlete Program attempts to tap into that crossover. Since ...

More Snow Days No Longer Means Less Work for Feds

February 13, 2014 A few days every winter, a nearly audible buzz emanates from federal employees who wait like schoolchildren to hear the magic words: Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area are closed. Thursday marked the third closure of D.C.-area federal offices during the 2013-2014 winter, more than the previous three winters ...

Federal Union Worries Congress Will Target It Next

February 12, 2014 After fighting to end a three-year pay freeze, reverse sequestration spending caps and avoid pension contribution hikes for current federal employees in 2013, unions representing the federal workforce are turning their attention to new obstacles in 2014. For the American Federation of Government Employees, the primary focus could be protecting ...

House Suspends Debt Limit for 13 Months

February 11, 2014 The House on Tuesday evening voted to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling through March 15, 2015. The Senate likely will pass the debt ceiling bill later this week. Lawmakers have until Feb. 27 to raise or again suspend the debt limit without risking default, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. ...

Union Leader: 'We’re Not Taking Crap From Nobody'

February 10, 2014 Lawmakers addressing the American Federation of Government Employees on Monday told union members to continue pressuring Congress to keep the federal workforce in mind when crafting and voting on legislation. The union is holding its Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference this week to educate their members, raise funds for the ...

Postal Service Shows Improvement, But Still Loses $350 million in First Quarter of Fiscal 2014

February 7, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service lost $354 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, a significant improvement over its performance in the same period last year. USPS lost $1 billion less last quarter than in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, when it was $1.3 billion in the red. The ...