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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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10 Races Federal Employees Should Watch on Election Day

November 3, 2014 The federal civil service was created to operate independently of the political class and smoothly in spite of the upheaval caused by elections. In practice, lawmakers control just about every aspect of federal employees’ jobs. The day-to-day functions of federal workers remain largely without political influence, but from pay to ...

Hundreds of Federal Employees Win Union Representation

November 3, 2014 Several hundred federal employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission can now collectively bargain for the first time, after selecting union representation last week. About 370 CFTC employees will be represented by the National Treasury Employees Union, after the workers overwhelming selected the group in elections held over the last ...

More than 25,000 Feds Will Have to Switch Health Plans in 2015

October 31, 2014 More federal employees will see their health insurance plans drop coverage next year than in any year since 2009, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Five plans previously offered in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will no longer make their plans available when Open Season begins Nov. 10, ...

Obama Praises Feds Fighting Ebola in West Africa, But Union Says They’re Not Protected

October 30, 2014 President Obama on Wednesday praised federal employees returning from West Africa who helped fight the Ebola outbreak in the region, saying at a White House ceremony he was proud of their efforts. Following the ceremony, however, a union representing federal workers called for better protections for civilian employees deployed to ...

The Five Agencies Where Morale is Dropping the Most

October 30, 2014 Morale in the federal workforce is not great right now. For the past several years, data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey have demonstrated that. And at the micro, agency-by-agency level, things do not look much better. No large agency of the 37 with at least 1,000 employees has improved ...

Feds Were Much More Likely to Die on the Job Last Year Than Other U.S. Workers

October 29, 2014 More civilian federal employees died on the job in 2013 than in any year in the last decade, according to data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 124 federal fatalities marked a dramatic 19 percent increase from the number of deaths in 2012, and was the highest ...

Snail Mail Gets Slower: Why USPS Is Missing Its Own Mail Delivery Goals

October 28, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has delivered mail at a slower clip this year, but -- despite claims to the contrary -- the agency maintains the diminished service standards are not a reflection of cutting staff and closing facilities. Even despite shifting the standards to allow for the consolidation of its ...

Invest More in TSP, Says Head of World's Largest Asset Management Firm

October 27, 2014 Employees failing to reap the full benefit of their retirement investment accounts is the “biggest problem we have with society today,” according to the chairman of the largest asset management firm on the planet. BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink told the agency tasked with managing the Thrift Savings Plan ...

Congressional Candidates Vie for Mantle of Next Federal Employees’ Hero

October 24, 2014 Two long-serving lawmakers who for decades have represented the interests of federal employees in Congress are stepping down at the end of the year, creating a vacuum of advocacy for the federal workforce on Capitol Hill. Their potential successors, however, have vowed to pick up where Virginia Reps. Jim Moran, ...

Burden of Proof: The New Reality for Senior Execs at VA

October 23, 2014 Sorry, our hands are tied. That was the message the Merit Systems Protection Board -- the quasi-judicial agency tasked with adjudicating federal employees’ appeals against firings and demotions -- delivered in issuing its final rule to implement the recently approved law to make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department ...