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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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Feds’ Annual Charity Drive Gets One Month Extension Due to Shutdown

October 25, 2013 Federal employees will have an extra month to donate to charities through the government-sponsored annual giving drive, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. Elaine Kaplan, OPM’s acting director, said in a letter to local leaders of the Combined Federal Campaign that the government shutdown necessitated the extension. The solicitation ...

Issa: Let All Americans Into Feds’ Health Plan

October 24, 2013 This story has been updated. Most Republicans do not like the Affordable Care Act. But one Republican leader has proposed a supplement to the law referred to as Obamacare: Allow all Americans to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight ...

Democrats: Leave Federal Employees Alone

October 23, 2013 House Democrats are calling on budget negotiators to protect federal employees and their benefits, arguing the federal workforce has already borne the brunt of too many cuts. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting federal employees,” and dozens of her colleagues ...

Federal Agencies Lost 6,000 Jobs in September

October 22, 2013 The federal government shed 6,000 jobs in September, according to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. Postal Service -- which has seen an overall loss of about 200,000 employees over the last six years -- added 1,400 jobs last month, while the rest of federal agencies ...

New Bill Would Protect Federal Retirees from Predatory Lenders

October 21, 2013 A bipartisan group of House lawmakers will introduce legislation this week to protect federal, postal and military retirees from predatory lenders who target the retirees’ pensions. The Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement -- or ASSURE -- Act, sponsored by Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., would expand the 1968 Truth ...

Feds Who Received Unemployment During Shutdown Must Return Payments

October 18, 2013 Thousands of federal employees who received unemployment compensation while on furlough will have to return the payments to their state or city offices, as they will now receive retroactive pay for the time missed during the government shutdown. In the state of Maryland, about 20,000 furloughed feds applied for unemployment ...

Unions Warn of Low Morale, Retirement Wave Amid Continued Budget Uncertainty

October 17, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal employees returning to work after the 16-day government shutdown are dealing with low morale, increased workloads and uncertainty about future funding, the leader of a federal employee union said Thursday. These factors will motivate eligible employees to retire, Colleen M. Kelley, president of the ...

Shutdown Deal Allows 1 Percent Pay Raise in 2014

October 17, 2013 The compromise bill President Obama signed early Thursday morning to reopen government and suspend the debt ceiling said nothing about pay raises for federal employees. And for federal workers who have not seen a raise in three years, the silence said everything. Without congressional intervention, Obama’s plan to give an ...

More Uncertainty Awaits Feds After the Shutdown

October 17, 2013 The government shutdown is winding to an end, but federal employees are not out of the woods quite yet. The shutdown, which has -- for varying lengths of times -- furloughed roughly 900,000 federal employees and temporarily cut off paychecks for many more, appeared primed to end Wednesday, 16 days ...

These Agencies Have the Most Feds Returning From Furlough

October 16, 2013 Over the course of the 16-day government shutdown, roughly 900,000 federal employees were forced to take time off. After the first week, some -- mostly Defense Department employees -- were brought back to work. With Congress finally agreeing on a deal to reopen all of government, the remaining 500,000-plus employees ...