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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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Obama’s Fed-Friendly Budget Blueprint

March 4, 2014 President Obama removed many of the cuts previously aimed at federal employees in his fiscal 2015 budget, instead promising to “unlock the full potential” of the government workforce. Obama struck a conciliatory tone in the blueprint when referring to federal workers that has been present in the rhetoric of past ...

Border Patrol Agents: Let Us Shoot at Rock Throwers

March 3, 2014 Amid reports of improper use of force, U.S. Border Patrol agents are defending their use of lethal weapons against criminals and undocumented aliens who throw rocks at them. The National Border Patrol Council, which represents 17,000 BP agents and staff, said Monday both the Homeland Security Department’s use of force ...

Drinking and Sleeping: How D.C.-Area Feds Are Spending Their Snow Day

March 3, 2014 The Mid-Atlantic hasn’t seen this much snow since Snowpocalypse three years ago. On Monday, federal employees in the Washington, D.C. region received their fourth snow day this season. Some have pointed out that due to the above-average number of snow days this winter, the government shutdown in the fall and ...

OPM Director to Feds: ‘I Am Here for You’

February 28, 2014 Katherine Archuleta, the relatively new director of the Office of Personnel Management, vowed on Friday to improve the working experience of federal employees as well as the public’s perception of the government workforce. In remarks to federal workers at the closing event of the National Treasury Employees Union annual legislative ...

The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart

February 27, 2014 Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he will propose a 1 percent raise for federal employees in 2015. If adopted by Congress, the raise would mark the second consecutive 1 percent increase after three years of frozen pay. Federal employee groups were not impressed, calling the proposal “pitiful,” “inadequate” ...

Senator To Focus on Federal Employee Pay, Morale

February 27, 2014 This story has been updated. A key lawmaker with jurisdiction over the federal workforce plans to hold a hearing to “examine the state of the federal workforce,” which will include ensuring federal employees’ compensation stays competitive with the private sector. In addition to pay issues, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., hopes ...

Locality Pay Still in a Deep Freeze

February 26, 2014 Federal employees could be heading for their second consecutive year of a 1 percent pay raise. President Obama announced the proposal earlier this week. Many are unhappy with the modest size of the recommendation, though clearly a small raise is better than no raise -- which was what feds received ...

More Than 134,000 Feds to Telework Next Week

February 26, 2014 More than 134,000 federal employees have signed up to participate in telework week starting March 3, according to public-private partnership group Mobile Work Exchange. Total savings from the event will top $11.3 million, according to Mobile Work Exchange’s General Manager Cindy Auten. Monday will mark the fourth annual telework week, ...

OPM Rejects Plea to Extend Deadline for Presidential Management Fellows

February 25, 2014 Finalists in the 2013 Presidential Management Fellows Program will not receive the eligibility extension they want to find a job in the federal government, despite concerns that too few of them have been hired. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta informed the PMF finalists in a recent letter she ...

Union Calls Obama’s Proposed 1 Percent Raise ‘Pitiful’

February 25, 2014 Federal employee groups criticized President Obama’s proposal for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 for civilian employees and most military personnel, calling the suggestion “inadequate” and “pitiful.” A White House official on Monday announced Obama was including the recommended pay raise in his soon-to-be-released fiscal 2015 budget. If Congress ...