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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 5 Best Places to Work in Government

December 19, 2013 The results are in. The Partnership for Public Service, using data collected by the Office of Personnel Management, has published its annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government study. Here are the top five agencies -- as ranked by an index score measuring employee satisfaction and commitment to ...

The 5 Worst Places to Work in Government

December 19, 2013 Federal employees are becoming increasingly unhappy with their jobs. The Office of Personnel Management’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey demonstrated that, and the Partnership for Public Service hammered it home with its own study based on OPM’s findings. More than 75 percent of agencies earned worse scores in 2013 than ...

Will Feds Be Asked to Sacrifice More in 2014?

December 19, 2013 By most accounts, 2013 was not a good year to be a federal employee. Feds were hampered by a third consecutive year of frozen pay, forced to absorb furloughs and slashed budgets from sequestration, sent home without pay or forced to work with only the promise of delayed paychecks during ...

Postal Reform Isn’t Happening in 2013

December 18, 2013 There’s always next year. Such has become the refrain for the often discussed, much sought after prize of overhauling the U.S. Postal Service. Lawmakers were again set to deliver postal reform in 2013, and at various points of the year set goals of March, August and Thanksgiving for passage. But ...

NASA Stays at Top of Annual Best Agencies to Work List

December 18, 2013 There was little change at the top of the lineup on this year’s Best Places to Work in Federal Government analysis released Wednesday, with NASA remaining the highest-ranked employer for large agencies. But federal workers’ job satisfaction once again dipped to an all-time low, marking the third consecutive year of ...

Public-Private Sector Pay Gap Continues to Grow, But Not As Rapidly

December 17, 2013 The gap between federal and private-sector pay continued to widen in 2013, according to a new study. Typical federal employees now earn 35.4 percent less than their private sector peers, the Federal Salary Council reported. The council, made up of union representatives and pay policy experts, used data from the ...

Lawmakers Want to Restore Due Process to Feds in 'Sensitive' National Security Positions

December 16, 2013 A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to provide due process to federal employees in positions deemed national security “sensitive,” a right stripped away by a federal court earlier this year. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, introduced the bill, ...

Feds Might be Getting Too Bullish with Retirement Savings

December 16, 2013 Federal employees are beginning to “chase” recent market upticks in a manner similar to the period before the 2008 financial collapse, Thrift Savings Plan officials warned Monday. Just 38 percent of total TSP assets are invested in the government securities (G) fund, members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board ...

Clock Expires for Mass Transit Benefit Fix

December 13, 2013 Federal employees will see a dramatic decrease in their mass transit benefits beginning Jan. 1, bringing the subsidy down to pre-2009 levels. With the House now on recess until 2014, time has run out for legislative action to restore parity between the public transportation and parking benefits. Because the mass ...

Feds Sail Smoothly Toward a 2014 Pay Raise

December 13, 2013 For months, federal employees have quietly waited to learn the fate of their long-awaited pay raise. In August, President Obama affirmed his intention to grant an across-the-board, 1 percent increase. The first raise since 2010 was far from out of the woods, however. In 2012, Obama recommended a 0.5 percent ...