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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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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 ...

Republican Lawmakers Want to Cut 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

March 17, 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 Should Keep Funding Future Health Care Costs, Republicans Say

March 13, 2014 Republican lawmakers voiced support for continued prefunding of U.S. Postal Service retirees’ health benefits at a congressional hearing Thursday, calling the payments necessary to avoid workers losing promised benefits or the costs being deferred to taxpayers. A USPS official told the House Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census Subcommittee ...

You Can Smoke Pot in Colorado Unless You’re a Federal Employee

March 13, 2014 This story has been updated with additional comment from the Justice Department. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Ever since, the federal government has walked a fine line with states that eased restrictions on what it has classified as a Schedule I drug ...

Some Lawmakers Are Feeling More Generous Toward Feds

March 12, 2014 Congress has not exactly been kind to federal employees’ pay and benefits over the last couple years. Are lawmakers finally turning a corner to help out the civilian workforce? Several members of Congress have introduced legislation in recent days to boost or improve an array of federal benefits. Of course, ...

Telework, Communication Key to Improving Employee Engagement, Federal Managers Say

March 11, 2014 Federal managers can improve relationships with their employees through more open communication and offering workplace flexibility options like telework, speakers told supervisors Tuesday at a convention in Northern Virginia. Officials from across government addressed the Federal Managers Association, speaking on the importance of leadership to maximize employee productivity and implement ...