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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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Postal Service Rebounds in Fiscal 2013, Still Loses $5 Billion

November 15, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion in fiscal 2013, marking the seventh consecutive year of losses but a significant improvement over fiscal 2012, the agency announced Friday. Citing a growing package business due largely to e-commerce, as well as adaptive business practices, USPS improved upon its record near-$16 billion ...

Furloughs Test Spirit Of Giving

November 15, 2013 Most years, retired Navy veteran Al Bennett and his wife, Betty Lou, drive their motor home from Arkansas to the Washington area to help Mercy Ships—a charity that sends hospital ships around the world—mobilize its efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign. This year, the Bennetts’ trip was in doubt after ...

Republican Senators Propose Eliminating New Feds' Pensions

November 14, 2013 A group of Republican senators has introduced a bill to slash retirement pensions for new federal employees, saying the current system unfairly compensates public-sector workers as compared to their private-sector counterparts. The Public-Private Employees Retirement Parity Act, introduced by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ...

Paying the Price: Feds Increasingly Unhappy With Salaries

November 14, 2013 Despite an unprecedented three-year pay freeze, a majority of federal employees are still at least somewhat satisfied with their pay. That percentage of employees who feel that way, however, is plummeting. In 2010 -- the last year feds received an across-the-board raise -- 66 percent of federal workers provided a ...

Lawmakers Propose Overhaul to Border Agent Pay Structure

November 13, 2013 A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday formally introduced a plan to overhaul the pay structure for U.S. Border Patrol agents, attempting to standardize compensation while saving taxpayers billions of dollars. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced the bill -- which would give Border Patrol agents three ...

Military Suicides Drop Significantly in 2013

November 12, 2013 Suicides by military personnel are down 22 percent so far in 2013, just one year after a record number of service members took their own lives. There were 245 suicides from Jan. 1 through Oct. 27, according to The Associated Press, compared to 316 through the same period in 2012. ...

Military Suicides Drop Significantly in 2013

November 12, 2013 Suicides by military personnel are down 22 percent so far in 2013, just one year after a record number of service members took their own lives. There were 245 suicides from Jan. 1 through Oct. 27, according to The Associated Press, compared to 316 through the same period in 2012. ...

Open Season Begins for 8 Million Federal Health Care Participants

November 12, 2013 Open season -- the one-month period in which federal employees can shop for a new health insurance plan -- began this week, allowing workers to choose from more than 250 options for coverage in 2014. About 8 million employees, retirees and dependents enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program ...

USPS Is Converting Part-Time Workers Into Full-Time Employees

November 11, 2013 This story has been updated with additional information from the union. To reduce labor costs, the U.S. Postal Service in recent years has hired more part-time workers to meet its staffing needs, allowing the agency to substantially cut pay and benefits expenditures. That trend is shifting, however, as USPS has ...

Feds’ Job and Pay Satisfaction Plunges in 2013 Survey

November 8, 2013 Federal employees’ job satisfaction dropped nearly across the board in 2013, according to a new survey of the workforce. In 53 categories measured in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the percentage of workers giving positive marks decreased, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which administers the survey annually. There ...