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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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Military Suicides Drop Significantly in 2013

November 12, 2013 Suicides by military personnel are down 22 percent so far in 2013, just one year after a record number of service members took their own lives. There were 245 suicides from Jan. 1 through Oct. 27, according to The Associated Press, compared to 316 through the same period in 2012. ...

Military Suicides Drop Significantly in 2013

November 12, 2013 Suicides by military personnel are down 22 percent so far in 2013, just one year after a record number of service members took their own lives. There were 245 suicides from Jan. 1 through Oct. 27, according to The Associated Press, compared to 316 through the same period in 2012. ...

Open Season Begins for 8 Million Federal Health Care Participants

November 12, 2013 Open season -- the one-month period in which federal employees can shop for a new health insurance plan -- began this week, allowing workers to choose from more than 250 options for coverage in 2014. About 8 million employees, retirees and dependents enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program ...

USPS Is Converting Part-Time Workers Into Full-Time Employees

November 11, 2013 This story has been updated with additional information from the union. To reduce labor costs, the U.S. Postal Service in recent years has hired more part-time workers to meet its staffing needs, allowing the agency to substantially cut pay and benefits expenditures. That trend is shifting, however, as USPS has ...

Feds’ Job and Pay Satisfaction Plunges in 2013 Survey

November 8, 2013 Federal employees’ job satisfaction dropped nearly across the board in 2013, according to a new survey of the workforce. In 53 categories measured in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the percentage of workers giving positive marks decreased, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which administers the survey annually. There ...

VA to Suspend Mandatory Overtime for Claims Processors

November 8, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department will implement a temporary reprieve from requiring employees to work overtime to reduce the backlog of disability claims, saying it does not want to ask too much of its workforce. During a meeting with reporters, Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a plan to generally cut back on ...

Hundreds Who Worked During Shutdown Join Lawsuit Against Government

November 7, 2013 Hundreds of federal employees have signed on to a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking damages that resulted from not receiving pay on time during the shutdown. Five Bureau of Prisons employees originally filed the suit, alleging the government violated the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act when it delayed full ...

Navy Officer Allegedly Traded Military Secrets for Prostitutes, Cash

November 7, 2013 Federal prosecutors have charged a Navy commander with accepting prostitutes, luxury travel and $100,000 from a Singaporean defense contractor in exchange for classified information, according to the Justice Department. Jose Luis Sanchez was arrested Tuesday and is the third Navy official charged with taking bribes from the contractor. Cmdr. Michael ...

Obama Tells Federal Agencies to Help Prepare Nation for Climate Change

November 6, 2013 President Obama wants to prepare the country for the fallout of climate change, and he is calling on federal agencies to spearhead the efforts. In a new executive order, Obama attempted to “enhance climate preparedness and resilience” by, in part, instructing agencies to develop plans to integrate consideration of climate ...

Should TSA Officers Have Guns?

November 6, 2013 Federal officials will investigate airport security policies in light of last week’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, including whether Transportation Security Administration officers should carry guns. TSA Administrator John Pistole called for a review of policies with airport police after the shooting, which left one TSA officer dead and ...