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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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State Department Says Unionizing Its Foreign National Workers Would Threaten Security

August 22, 2013 The State Department has rejected an attempt to unionize foreign nationals working for the agency, according to a letter department officials sent a union. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers -- a union housed within the AFL-CIO -- reached out to the State Department about the possibility of ...

EPA Cancels Another Furlough Day

August 22, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled a departmentwide furlough day scheduled for Aug. 30. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy made the announcement in a video sent to employees Wednesday. In canceling the furlough day, McCarthy cited the work of EPA budget officials to find savings required by sequestration through other means. ...

Federal Court Limits Appeal Rights for Feds in 'Sensitive' Positions

August 21, 2013 A federal court has ruled that federal employees in national security “sensitive” positions have no right to challenge their terminations or demotions with the Merit Systems Protection Board, a move federal employee and whistleblower advocates have decried as a blow to due process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

Postal Notes: Nail Polish Sets Off Nerve Gas Scare and Other News

August 21, 2013 Postal Notes is an occasional feature showcasing unusual occurrences in the world of the U.S. Postal Service. Not a Bomb, Just Makeup A “suspicious package” at a mail processing facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City turned out not to be as dangerous as originally suspected. ...

Prohibiting VA Senior Exec Bonuses for 5 Years Would Save $18 Million

August 20, 2013 Putting a five-year moratorium on all bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would save the federal government $18 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The provision was included as an attachment to the 2013 Putting Veterans Funding First Act to ensure VA is funded one year ...

USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers

August 19, 2013 U.S. Postal Service employees may have to choose between higher costs and less coverage under a new health care plan being touted by the agency, according to a government audit. The USPS plan to opt out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program would save the agency billions of dollars ...

Budget Office Joins All Other Major Agencies in Reducing Furloughs

August 19, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget has joined the ranks of other major federal agencies in reducing furloughs, knocking two days off original projections, a spokeswoman told Government Executive. Every major agency that at some point laid out initial plans to require unpaid leave for employees due to sequestration in ...

A Pair of Victories for Largest Postal Union

August 16, 2013 The largest labor union for U.S. Postal Service Employees announced some good news Friday, including a $937 raise beginning in September. The pay hike will apply to all career employees in the American Postal Workers Union as part of a scheduled cost of living adjustment negotiated in 2010. Just two ...

Two States Lose Special Treatment Under Fed Health Plans

August 16, 2013 Federal employees in Montana and South Dakota will no longer receive special treatment for their health benefits coverage in 2014, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. The statute that governs the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program requires OPM to determine which states have “critical shortages of primary care physicians.” ...

Despite Furloughs and Pay Freeze, Feds Give Record Amounts of Food

August 15, 2013 Federal employees are outpacing a record-setting 2012 in their annual food drive to diminish hunger in America. In June, they donated 477,000 pounds of food through the Feds Feed Families program, more than double the amount raised in the same period in 2012. In July, feds donated 1.4 million pounds ...