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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 Bill to Temporarily Ban Senior Exec Bonuses at VA

February 4, 2014 The House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would ban bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department for the next five years. The provision was included in a larger bill to require public universities to charge veterans attending their schools in-state tuition rates. The House previously approved a ...

More Agencies Offer Buyouts and Early Retirement

February 4, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency will offer buyout incentives to thousands of employees, offering workers up to $25,000 to separate from the organization. The cash-strapped agency will target employees from its regional offices to trim its workforce, though some workers at “headquarters-type offices” will also receive separation incentives, according to a ...

IRS Agrees to Pay Employees Bonuses

February 3, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service will partially reinstate its bonus program to union employees, agreeing to provide reduced awards to avoid litigation. The National Treasury Employees Union fought for the bonuses, which they said IRS workers already earned and were legally required to receive because of the union’s collective bargaining agreement. ...

TSP Starts 2014 Mostly in the Red

February 3, 2014 Weak markets in January snapped a four-month streak of positive growth at the Thrift Savings Plan, with most of the plan’s offerings starting the year in the red. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, was TSP’s biggest loser in January, dropping 4.03 percent. The fund is up just ...

Social Security Administration Offers Early Retirement to Employees Again

January 31, 2014 The Social Security Administration once again will offer early retirement incentives to eligible employees this year as part of an ongoing effort to right-size its workforce, the agency announced Friday. Employees who at least 50 years old with 20 years of federal service, or any employee with at least 25 ...

NOAA Ends Hiring Freeze, Training Ban

January 31, 2014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has lifted a hiring freeze in place since the onset of sequestration, the head of the agency announced Friday. The announcement came one week after the National Weather Service Employees Organization questioned vacancies at the agency as “unnecessary and dangerous,” though NOAA chief Kathy ...

Obama Looks to TSP to Create New Retirement Savings Plan for Americans

January 30, 2014 President Obama unveiled a proposal in his State of the Union Address this week that would give many working Americans access to an offering within the Thrift Savings Plan, currently available only to federal employees. Obama announced his plan to create by executive order a program called myRA, which would ...

DHS Ends Extra Overtime for Many Employees

January 29, 2014 Sorry, “desk jockeys”: No more undeserved overtime for you. The Homeland Security Department is scrapping a controversial overtime program for certain employees, caving to pressure from congressional leaders who drew attention recently to its reported abuse. DHS will now ban employees who work in headquarters offices and do not qualify ...

After Contentious Debate, Senate Panel Delays Postal Reform Vote

January 29, 2014 The Senate failed on Tuesday to move forward with its revised plan to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, delaying a committee vote after a series of potential amendments threatened to derail the bill. The most significant sticking point during the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup arose when lawmakers ...

Postal Reform Bill Would Create New Health Care Plan for Agency

January 28, 2014 Unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees offered a stark rebuke of an updated, bipartisan postal reform measure, which now includes a provision to remove USPS workers from the federal employee health care system. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the respective chairman and ranking member of the Senate ...