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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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TSP Ends 2013 On A Positive Note

January 3, 2014 Nearly all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan were in the black during the last month of 2013. Federal employees’ retirement investments rounded out the year with four consecutive months of gains. The F Fund (fixed income) was the only one to finish the year in the red, dropping ...

Lawmaker Looks to Postal Service to Restore Military Pension Cut

January 2, 2014 A new bill would undo the recent cuts made to certain military retirees’ pensions, and in exchange allow the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday proposed legislation that would restore full cost-of-living adjustments ...

Chief Justice: Sequester Jeopardizes Federal Courts, Public Safety

January 2, 2014 The federal court system would face major staff reductions, trial delays and security risks without additional funding, according to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In his annual year-end report, Roberts said he recognized the need to cut costs across government, but emphasized the entire judicial branch’s budget makes up ...

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

December 23, 2013 Federal employees will report for a full day of work Tuesday, with the Obama administration opting not to give any extra time off for Christmas Eve. The decision does not come as a surprise. It is “consistent with historical precedent when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday,” an official at ...

Feds Are Losing One of Their Biggest Republican Advocates

December 23, 2013 When the federal government shut down in October, most Republican lawmakers were busy deriding Obamacare and pointing fingers at their Democratic counterparts. One Republican congressman, however, had a different focus: the federal workforce. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who recently announced he would not seek reelection after his current term expires ...

Senators Renew Push for Mass Transit Benefit Fix

December 20, 2013 A provision to fix the disparity between mass transit and parking subsidies for federal employees and commuters nationwide could be coming soon, but will require retroactive enforcement. Lawmakers in the Senate introduced a bill Thursday to maintain the current levels of monthly tax subsidies provided to those who ride public ...

Senate Backs NDAA With 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

December 20, 2013 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay in 2014, moving the measure to the White House, where it is expected to swiftly receive President Obama’s signature. The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes a range of military spending, received Obama’s endorsement ...

Senate Backs Defense Bill With 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

December 20, 2013 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay in 2014, moving the measure to the White House, where it is expected to swiftly receive President Obama’s signature. The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes a range of military spending, received Obama’s endorsement ...

Favoritism Still Prevalent in Federal Offices, Some Employees Say

December 19, 2013 Favoritism plays a big enough role in federal agencies to damage morale and reduce engagement, according to a new study. More than a quarter of federal employees believe their supervisors demonstrate favoritism, the Merit Systems Protection Board found in its survey. Whether or not these perceptions are based in reality, ...

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 ...