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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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How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans...

How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans...

It Could Get a Lot Harder for Social Security to Close Field Offices

August 26, 2014 A bill awaiting Congress when it returns from its August recess would attempt to slow field office closures at the Social Security Administration, an agency that has shuttered more than 60 facilities in recent years. The 2014 Social Security Access Act, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., aims to bring...

Is the Pentagon's Personnel Reform Turning a Corner at Long Last?

August 25, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System...

A Breakthrough in Federal Labor-Management Relations at the Pentagon?

August 22, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System...

Hallway Feces Was Only the Beginning of EPA's Region 8 Problems

August 22, 2014 A few months ago, Government Executive unearthed an email sent to Environmental Protection Agency workers at a Denver office asking them to stop defecating in the hallway. Well, it turns out the personal hygiene issues at the Region 8 headquarters were endemic, and it remains unclear if the culprit or...

Are You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?

August 21, 2014 A record percentage of federal employees are enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to the agency that oversees the federal retirement investment accounts, but participants may not be contributing the optimal amount. Nearly 88 percent of workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System had TSP accounts at the...

How Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring

August 20, 2014 The federal government’s complicated and layered rules about hiring military veterans has created the perception of unfair and preferential treatment, which has in turn negatively impacted employee engagement, according to a new report. The “patchwork of laws” that governs veterans’ preference hiring -- a concept that has existed in federal...

Three Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs

August 20, 2014 Minority and female workers make up more of the federal workforce than they did 10 years ago, but on average they bring home a smaller paycheck than their white, male colleagues. According to the latest data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women in fiscal 2011 made up 43.81 percent...

How Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costs

August 19, 2014 Federal workers’ compensation laws discourage employees from returning to the job and create unnecessary and burdensome costs for federal agencies, according to the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. USPS’ workers’ compensation costs have grown rapidly in recent years, the IG found, despite drastic cuts to the agency’s workforce. The Postal...