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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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Can You Accept That Gift? Take Our Quiz

August 6, 2014 It is widely agreed the federal workforce enjoys a relatively generous benefits package. It is one of the few sectors that still offers a defined-benefit retirement option, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is considered a model of efficiency in employer-sponsored health care. There is one perk, however, federal ...

Gifts Quiz: The Answers

August 6, 2014 The Office of Government Ethics A federal employee cannot accept a gift that comes from a prohibited source or a gift that is offered because of the employee’s official positon. b. The definition includes “gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance and other item having monetary value.” c. $20. All ...

Feds Who Worked During Shutdown Could Still Receive Bonus Pay

August 5, 2014 The government violated federal labor laws when it delayed payments to employees during last year’s shutdown, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith denied on July 31 the federal government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by five Bureau of Prisons employees. Those ...

Senators Seek to Protect 15,000 Postal Jobs

August 4, 2014 A group of lawmakers is urging colleagues who are drafting spending bills to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from moving forward with its plan to close 80 more processing facilities. The Postal Service announced last month that in January 2015 it would begin the previously delayed second phase of its ...

The Army Will Lay Off 500 Majors This Month

August 4, 2014 The Army will lay off about 500 majors as part of its ongoing downsizing effort, the service has announced. The military branch used involuntary separation boards to determine to determine where the number of soldiers exceeded future force requirements. The Army announced earlier this year it planned to select from ...

The Army Will Lay Off 500 Majors This Month

August 4, 2014 The Army will lay off about 500 majors as part of its ongoing downsizing effort, the service has announced. The military branch used involuntary separation boards to determine to determine where the number of soldiers exceeded future force requirements. The Army announced earlier this year it planned to select from ...

How Pay Reform Could Solve the Border Crisis

August 1, 2014 Lawmakers have lots of ideas to solve the current border crisis, but none of them are very popular. Partisan rancor has reached a crescendo this week as Democrats and Republicans weigh the merits of providing Customs and Border Protection and other agencies with an emergency surge in funding to deal ...

Is Federal Hiring Set to Rebound?

August 1, 2014 The federal government netted no new jobs in July, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the fourth consecutive month without much movement in its total workforce. Uncle Sam ended the month with about 2.7 million employees, the same total it had at the end ...

Congress Has Passed a Major VA Overhaul. Now What?

August 1, 2014 The Senate passed a major Veterans Affairs Department overhaul Thursday evening, and the bill will soon be signed into law by President Obama. The law will ease the firing of VA senior executives, reform employee performance metrics and allow veterans without immediate access to a VA facility to receive private ...

Pentagon's Civilian Workforce Could Face New Performance Evaluations

August 1, 2014 The last time the Defense Department tried to overhaul its personnel system, it was, by most accounts, a disaster. The National Security Personnel System, created during the George W. Bush administration to more closely tie pay to performance and duties, was dismantled just a few short years after it was ...