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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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The Federal Agencies Most Often Accused of Discrimination

August 29, 2014 More than 15,000 federal employees filed discrimination complaints against their agencies in fiscal 2012, a 6.7 percent decrease from the previous year. Those complaints led to more than 10,000 investigations, according to a recent report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which were completed in an average of 187 days. ...

The Postal Service Paid $287K for Trailers It Either Lost or Never Received

August 28, 2014 In fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Postal Service leased 35 trailers for a distribution center in New Jersey. Nothing unordinary there -- USPS spends about $39 million annually to rent 10,000 trailers, its trucks’ cargo bodies. There was one problem with these particular trailers, however: the Postal Service ...

Federal Employees Are Donating More Than 80,000 Pounds of Food Each Day to Food Banks

August 27, 2014 Federal employees have been giving a lot lately. They gave up pay increases for three years, take-home pay through higher contributions to their retirement pensions and pay altogether during last summer’s sequestration furloughs and last fall’s government shutdown. Still, every year, federal agencies ask their employees to give more. In ...

How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans ...

How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans ...

It Could Get a Lot Harder for Social Security to Close Field Offices

August 26, 2014 A bill awaiting Congress when it returns from its August recess would attempt to slow field office closures at the Social Security Administration, an agency that has shuttered more than 60 facilities in recent years. The 2014 Social Security Access Act, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., aims to bring ...

Is the Pentagon's Personnel Reform Turning a Corner at Long Last?

August 25, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System ...

A Breakthrough in Federal Labor-Management Relations at the Pentagon?

August 22, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System ...

Hallway Feces Was Only the Beginning of EPA's Region 8 Problems

August 22, 2014 A few months ago, Government Executive unearthed an email sent to Environmental Protection Agency workers at a Denver office asking them to stop defecating in the hallway. Well, it turns out the personal hygiene issues at the Region 8 headquarters were endemic, and it remains unclear if the culprit or ...

Are You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?

August 21, 2014 A record percentage of federal employees are enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to the agency that oversees the federal retirement investment accounts, but participants may not be contributing the optimal amount. Nearly 88 percent of workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System had TSP accounts at the ...