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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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House Approves Tax Deal That Would Retroactively Boost Mass Transit Benefits

December 4, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved a measure 378-46 that would retroactively provide federal employees and all American workers with a much larger mass transit benefit for 2014. The benefit fell nearly in half in 2014, but the 11th hour agreement on a broader package of tax provisions would restore the ...

New Health Benefit Offering Could Drive Some Feds Out of the Program

December 3, 2014 While some federal employees will probably see reduced health care costs as a result of a new offering in 2016, the costs for others might rise so dramatically they could leave the federal program altogether, according to an analysis by the Office of Personnel Management. OPM issued a proposed rule ...

Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet

December 2, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has had its fair share of gripes with Congress over the last several years. From burdening it with required payment to prefund future retirees’ health benefits to blocking the closure of post offices and facilities to failing to pass comprehensive reform, postal management and lawmakers have ...

TSP Sees Across-the-Board Gains for First Time in Five Months

December 1, 2014 All the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan were up in November, marking the second consecutive month of positive growth. Last month was the first since June the retirement investment accounts for federal employees saw across-the-board growth. The C Fund, invested in common stocks, rose 2.7 percent in ...

Obama Threatens Veto Over Tax Deal Including a Bigger Mass Transit Benefit

November 26, 2014 Lawmakers are pressing to reach a deal on a tax extender bill that would include language providing federal employees a much larger mass transit benefit, but negotiations are temporarily stalled. President Obama issued a veto threat over the deal emerging between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., ...

Nearly 1 Million Feds Will Soon Be Notified of Their Right to Join Shutdown Lawsuit

November 25, 2014 Most federal employees are focusing their shutdown consciousness on what lies ahead. The current continuing resolution will expire Dec. 11, and Congress has yet to lay out a plan to avoid a lapse in appropriations. Some feds, however, are still looking back. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will soon ...

Federal Employees Really, Really Like Their Health Benefits

November 25, 2014 Federal employees are happy with their health care benefits. Ecstatic, in fact. A new survey from Morning Consult shows near across-the-board satisfaction with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Nearly 100 percent of respondents—99 percent, to be exact—said they are satisfied with their health care coverage under FEHBP. About 97 ...

Your Open Season Questions, Answered.

November 24, 2014 It’s open season for federal employees to make adjustments to health care and other benefits, and the Office of Personnel Management wants to help feds make the right choices. OPM on Monday held a digital town hall, with experts from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees Dental and ...

What the Obama Immigration Action Means for Federal Agencies

November 21, 2014 Components of the Homeland Security Department will take on a slew of new responsibilities as a result of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, with employees tackling different duties and potentially falling into a new pay system. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigrating Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ...

Former Federal Leaders Seek Legislation to Save the SES

November 20, 2014 A group of former high-ranking federal government officials will issue a blueprint to overhaul and improve the Senior Executive Service early next year, with hopes that Congress will adopt the changes through legislation. At a symposium hosted by the Brookings Institution Wednesday called “Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service,” ...