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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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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 ...

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 ...