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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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Obama Looks to TSP to Create New Retirement Savings Plan for Americans

January 30, 2014 President Obama unveiled a proposal in his State of the Union Address this week that would give many working Americans access to an offering within the Thrift Savings Plan, currently available only to federal employees. Obama announced his plan to create by executive order a program called myRA, which would ...

DHS Ends Extra Overtime for Many Employees

January 29, 2014 Sorry, “desk jockeys”: No more undeserved overtime for you. The Homeland Security Department is scrapping a controversial overtime program for certain employees, caving to pressure from congressional leaders who drew attention recently to its reported abuse. DHS will now ban employees who work in headquarters offices and do not qualify ...

After Contentious Debate, Senate Panel Delays Postal Reform Vote

January 29, 2014 The Senate failed on Tuesday to move forward with its revised plan to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, delaying a committee vote after a series of potential amendments threatened to derail the bill. The most significant sticking point during the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup arose when lawmakers ...

Postal Reform Bill Would Create New Health Care Plan for Agency

January 28, 2014 Unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees offered a stark rebuke of an updated, bipartisan postal reform measure, which now includes a provision to remove USPS workers from the federal employee health care system. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the respective chairman and ranking member of the Senate ...

Lawmakers Vow to Repeal Military Pension Cut

January 28, 2014 Lawmakers and Defense Department officials expressed unanimous support Tuesday for repealing scheduled cuts to the pensions of working-age military retirees. The Pentagon, however, did not rule out support for future military compensation reform. Senators from both parties on the Armed Services Committee pledged to walk back the 1 percent reduction ...

Lawmakers Vow Repeal of Military Retiree Pension Cut

January 28, 2014 Lawmakers and Defense Department officials expressed unanimous support Tuesday for repealing scheduled cuts to the pensions of working-age military retirees. The Pentagon, however, did not rule out support for future military compensation reform. Senators from both parties on the Armed Services Committee pledged to walk back the 1 percent reduction ...

OPM: Hire Us to Improve Your Agency

January 27, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management wants to save your agency. In a memorandum to all federal offices, OPM offered to help agencies use the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to improve morale and workplace conditions. OPM said its Human Resources Solutions office “has the expertise to help your agency achieve ...

Fewer Participants, More Assets at TSP

January 27, 2014 Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan took a dive at the end of 2013, though assets in the plan grew to an all-time high. Just 85.9 percent of employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System maintained TSP accounts at year’s end, a full percent lower than earlier in 2013. ...

Postal Service Delays New Wave of Mail Processing Closures

January 24, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has postponed its scheduled second round of mail processing center closures, the agency announced Friday, marking a temporary victory for postal employee unions. Phase two of USPS’ “network rationalization” plan was scheduled to kick in Feb. 7 and would have ended overnight delivery for mail sent ...

USPS Ends Pay Freeze for Nonunion Employees

January 24, 2014 The Postal Service has ended a pay freeze for nonbargaining employees, giving them a 1 percent raise. The raise, which will go to supervisory, managerial, postmaster and all workers outside any collective bargaining agreement, will go into effect Saturday. Those workers have endured a three-year-pay freeze. The affected employees “have ...