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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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Lawmaker, Union Decry 'Dumb Decisions' as Defense Furloughs Kick In

July 8, 2013 Union leaders and a lawmaker representing civilian employees at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point told personal stories at a press conference Monday to demonstrate the effects of furloughs at the Defense Department. “Today marks the day the people of the Hudson Valley pay for the dysfunction of the ...

Most Defense Civilians Begin Forced 3-Day Furlough Weekends

July 5, 2013 Each Defense Department entity has set its own guidelines for implementing the across-the-board furloughs scheduled to begin Monday, according to a Pentagon spokesman, though most of the department’s civilians face forced three-day weekends. “There’s no one set of rules,” said Mark Wright, a Defense spokesman. “Every office has been doing ...

Retiring Military Dogs Helped Locate Explosives, Deter Terrorist Attacks

July 5, 2013 Four retiring military dogs were recently honored for their distinguished careers overseas. At a late-June event at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., the dogs’ handlers ceremoniously “passed the leash” to the canines’ new retirement caretakers, according to Stars and Stripes. The dogs primarily served to track and ...

German DoD Workers Negotiate Pay Raise as Pentagon Braces for Furloughs

July 3, 2013 The Defense Department has promised uniformity in its implementation of civilian furloughs. “We're going in together, we're coming out together,” Secretary Chuck Hagel said when announcing the final furlough plan in May. “No one service, no one's going to be protected more than anybody else.” While about 650,000 Defense civilians ...

Top DHS Auditor Calls Allegations ‘Distorted’ and ‘Without Merit’

July 2, 2013 The top auditor at the Homeland Security Department has denied accusations of nepotism, abuses of power and involvement in cover-ups. In a statement issued Tuesday, Charles Edwards rejected all allegations and said their existence will inhibit the oversight of DHS. “I am very disturbed that false allegations have been made ...

EEOC Considers New Wave of Furloughs

July 2, 2013 Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may face a new round of furloughs, and the union that represents them is pushing back. EEOC has already implemented its first phase of furloughs because of sequestration budget cuts, requiring employees to take five days of unpaid leave. The agency, which employs ...

Federal Retirement Plan Looks Into Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

July 1, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan may have to adjust some of its regulations after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last week. Federal employees can designate anyone as a beneficiary of the retirement investment plan, a TSP spokeswoman told The Washington Post, but the court’s decision changes ...

'Old School' Mindset Inhibits Federal Telework, Report Finds

July 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agency leadership has not committed to implementing and tracking new telework policies, according to a new audit. In a report, the Government Accountability Office found the Office of Personnel Management has insufficiently assessed the use of telework across government. OPM, however, said agencies did not deliver their data due ...

Around Government

July 1, 2013 Debating the Draft One lawmaker says women should sign up, while others say shut it down. The decades-old military draft system could be in line for a face-lift if some in Congress have their way. Lawmakers are making moves to reform the Selective Service, the agency in charge of registering ...

Feds’ Same-Sex Spouses, Families Are Eligible for Benefits Immediately

June 28, 2013 The Obama administration has offered preliminary guidance for the inclusion of same-sex couples in federal employee benefit programs, in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Tuesday. The Office of Personnel Management issued instructions for the implementation of the DOMA repeal for health ...