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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 Suspends Debt Limit for 13 Months

February 11, 2014 The House on Tuesday evening voted to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling through March 15, 2015. The Senate likely will pass the debt ceiling bill later this week. Lawmakers have until Feb. 27 to raise or again suspend the debt limit without risking default, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. ...

Union Leader: 'We’re Not Taking Crap From Nobody'

February 10, 2014 Lawmakers addressing the American Federation of Government Employees on Monday told union members to continue pressuring Congress to keep the federal workforce in mind when crafting and voting on legislation. The union is holding its Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference this week to educate their members, raise funds for the ...

Postal Service Shows Improvement, But Still Loses $350 million in First Quarter of Fiscal 2014

February 7, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service lost $354 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, a significant improvement over its performance in the same period last year. USPS lost $1 billion less last quarter than in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, when it was $1.3 billion in the red. The ...

Federal Retirements Surge in January

February 7, 2014 Federal employees retired in droves in January, causing the claims backlog at the Office of Personnel Management to balloon. North of 17,000 workers filed retirement claims with OPM last month, more than tripling the total from December. Still, the agency received 2,617 fewer claims than it expected to in January. ...

Senate Panel Approves Postal Service Overhaul

February 6, 2014 A Senate committee passed a bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service Thursday, sending a measure to the Senate floor that would drastically alter the agency’s business structure and its employees’ benefits. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., originally introduced their ...

Feds Still Fighting for Additional Shutdown Pay

February 5, 2014 Now that Congress has passed a two-year budget deal, and appropriated money to federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year, the memories of closed national parks and back pay arguments that resulted from last year’s government shutdown seem like a distant memory. Well, not for everyone. More than ...

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 ...