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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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Lawmakers Vow to Repeal Military Pension Cut

January 28, 2014 Lawmakers and Defense Department officials expressed unanimous support Tuesday for repealing scheduled cuts to the pensions of working-age military retirees. The Pentagon, however, did not rule out support for future military compensation reform. Senators from both parties on the Armed Services Committee pledged to walk back the 1 percent reduction ...

Lawmakers Vow Repeal of Military Retiree Pension Cut

January 28, 2014 Lawmakers and Defense Department officials expressed unanimous support Tuesday for repealing scheduled cuts to the pensions of working-age military retirees. The Pentagon, however, did not rule out support for future military compensation reform. Senators from both parties on the Armed Services Committee pledged to walk back the 1 percent reduction ...

OPM: Hire Us to Improve Your Agency

January 27, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management wants to save your agency. In a memorandum to all federal offices, OPM offered to help agencies use the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to improve morale and workplace conditions. OPM said its Human Resources Solutions office “has the expertise to help your agency achieve ...

Fewer Participants, More Assets at TSP

January 27, 2014 Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan took a dive at the end of 2013, though assets in the plan grew to an all-time high. Just 85.9 percent of employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System maintained TSP accounts at year’s end, a full percent lower than earlier in 2013. ...

Postal Service Delays New Wave of Mail Processing Closures

January 24, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has postponed its scheduled second round of mail processing center closures, the agency announced Friday, marking a temporary victory for postal employee unions. Phase two of USPS’ “network rationalization” plan was scheduled to kick in Feb. 7 and would have ended overnight delivery for mail sent ...

USPS Ends Pay Freeze for Nonunion Employees

January 24, 2014 The Postal Service has ended a pay freeze for nonbargaining employees, giving them a 1 percent raise. The raise, which will go to supervisory, managerial, postmaster and all workers outside any collective bargaining agreement, will go into effect Saturday. Those workers have endured a three-year-pay freeze. The affected employees “have ...

Navy to Give At-Sea Sailors First Pay Raise in 10 Years

January 23, 2014 The U.S. Navy is having a hard time filling at-sea positions, and it has a simple solution to the problem: Pay enlisted sailors more money. When sailors are deployed on a ship, the Navy pays them a stipend called career sea pay. The Navy soon will increase that stipend for ...

Treasury Moves Up Debt Ceiling Deadline

January 23, 2014 The U.S. government will reach its statutory debt limit in late February, earlier than previously expected, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Congress temporarily suspended the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, at which point the government will reach its borrowing limit. Treasury then will implement “extraordinary measures,” which Lew previously ...

Group Claims Vacancies at National Weather Service Endanger the Public

January 23, 2014 The National Weather Service is not filling hundreds of open positions despite having the funds to do so, an employee group has said, though the agency disputes the claim. The NWS Employees Organization called the vacancies “unnecessary and dangerous,” saying the agency was “flush” with $125 million in surplus funding, ...

Navy Seeks to Increase Pay for Sailors at Sea

January 22, 2014 The U.S. Navy is having a hard time filling at-sea positions, and it has a simple solution to the problem: Pay enlisted sailors more money. When sailors are deployed on a ship, the Navy pays them a stipend called career sea pay. The Navy soon will increase that stipend for ...