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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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Federal Employee Unions Gain Members Post-Shutdown

December 9, 2013 Federal employee unions saw an uptick in membership after the government shutdown, and the number of members has been growing consistently over the last several years. The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, gained about 1,100 members in November, after suffering a net membership loss during ...

Progressive Dems to Obama: Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

December 6, 2013 This story has been updated. Progressive lawmakers have told President Obama he should unilaterally raise the minimum wage for federal contact employees, saying it would allow him to fulfill his promise of helping low-income earners without waiting for congressional action. Despite Obama’s recent push to increase the minimum wage across ...

Retirement Claims Processed Nosedives in November

December 5, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management processed far fewer retirement claims in November than it has in any single month in more than a year, and about half of its October total. OPM processed 5,714 retirement claims last month, just one month after completing more than 11,000, a figure it accomplished ...

OPM Will Be Better Informed About Storms This Winter

December 5, 2013 Washington, D.C.-area employees can expect a “normal” winter in the coming months, the National Weather Service said Thursday, and NWS will provide additional details in its forecasts to allow the federal government to make more informed decisions on whether and when employees should report to work during a storm. In ...

Amid Talks of Pension Contribution Hikes, Lawmakers Speak Out for Feds

December 4, 2013 Lawmakers in Congress are reportedly considering a budget deal that would effectively cut pay to federal employees, and some members of both parties have voiced their stark opposition to any such measure. Negotiators in a conference committee created as part of the deal to reopen government after the 16-day shutdown ...

FBI Agents Worry Criminals Will Have It Easier if Sequestration Continues

December 4, 2013 Looming furloughs, an ongoing hiring freeze and a suspension of training will leave the FBI less capable of preventing and responding to terrorist attacks and other criminal activities, according to a group representing the federal law enforcement officials. While the Justice Department avoided furloughs entirely in fiscal 2013, the FBI ...

GOP Lawmakers: Cut Fed Benefits, Not Defense Spending

December 3, 2013 A new Republican proposal unveiled Tuesday to offset sequestration’s impact on Defense Department spending would cut benefits to federal retirees and force current employees to contribute more to their pensions. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., will introduce the Provide for the Common Defense Act in an effort ...

GOP Lawmakers: Cut Fed Benefits, Not Defense Spending

December 3, 2013 A new Republican proposal unveiled Tuesday to offset sequestration’s impact on Defense Department spending would cut benefits to federal retirees and force current employees to contribute more to their pensions. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., will introduce the Provide for the Common Defense Act in an effort ...

TSP Makes Mostly Modest Gains in November

December 2, 2013 Nearly every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan made gains in November, marking the third consecutive month of positive trends. Fixed income bonds were the only TSP offerings to dip last month, falling 0.35 percent. The F Fund is also the only investment in the red over the last 12 ...

Postal Groups Call for End to After-Dark Mail Deliveries

December 2, 2013 Letter carriers should no longer deliver mail after dark, one group representing employees at the U.S. Postal Service has said in light of the recent shooting of a postal worker at 7:30 p.m. while on the job in Maryland. The Community and Postal Workers United -- a group of activists ...