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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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Senate Panel Approves Postal Service Overhaul

February 6, 2014 A Senate committee passed a bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service Thursday, sending a measure to the Senate floor that would drastically alter the agency’s business structure and its employees’ benefits. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., originally introduced their ...

Feds Still Fighting for Additional Shutdown Pay

February 5, 2014 Now that Congress has passed a two-year budget deal, and appropriated money to federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year, the memories of closed national parks and back pay arguments that resulted from last year’s government shutdown seem like a distant memory. Well, not for everyone. More than ...

House Approves Bill to Temporarily Ban Senior Exec Bonuses at VA

February 4, 2014 The House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would ban bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department for the next five years. The provision was included in a larger bill to require public universities to charge veterans attending their schools in-state tuition rates. The House previously approved a ...

More Agencies Offer Buyouts and Early Retirement

February 4, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency will offer buyout incentives to thousands of employees, offering workers up to $25,000 to separate from the organization. The cash-strapped agency will target employees from its regional offices to trim its workforce, though some workers at “headquarters-type offices” will also receive separation incentives, according to a ...

IRS Agrees to Pay Employees Bonuses

February 3, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service will partially reinstate its bonus program to union employees, agreeing to provide reduced awards to avoid litigation. The National Treasury Employees Union fought for the bonuses, which they said IRS workers already earned and were legally required to receive because of the union’s collective bargaining agreement. ...

TSP Starts 2014 Mostly in the Red

February 3, 2014 Weak markets in January snapped a four-month streak of positive growth at the Thrift Savings Plan, with most of the plan’s offerings starting the year in the red. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, was TSP’s biggest loser in January, dropping 4.03 percent. The fund is up just ...

Social Security Administration Offers Early Retirement to Employees Again

January 31, 2014 The Social Security Administration once again will offer early retirement incentives to eligible employees this year as part of an ongoing effort to right-size its workforce, the agency announced Friday. Employees who at least 50 years old with 20 years of federal service, or any employee with at least 25 ...

NOAA Ends Hiring Freeze, Training Ban

January 31, 2014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has lifted a hiring freeze in place since the onset of sequestration, the head of the agency announced Friday. The announcement came one week after the National Weather Service Employees Organization questioned vacancies at the agency as “unnecessary and dangerous,” though NOAA chief Kathy ...

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 ...