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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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White House Cancels Presidential Rank Awards

June 12, 2013 President Obama has canceled a longstanding, annual program that rewards federal managers for distinguished service, according to administration officials. A group representing federal senior executives has voiced doubts about the legality of the move, while the Office of Personnel Management said it would collect nominee submissions anyway. The White House ...

Senior Energy Official Convinces Colleagues to Hire His Three Children

June 11, 2013 A senior official at the Energy Department successfully lobbied colleagues at the agency to hire his three children for summer internships, despite strict rules against nepotism in the federal government, according to an internal audit. Energy’s inspector general found an employee in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office contacted ...

Defense Civilians Make Last Ditch Effort to End Furloughs

June 10, 2013 Beleaguered federal employees have taken to the White House’s petition website to challenge the Pentagon’s decision to furlough most of its civilian workforce for 11 days in fiscal 2013. “We the People, Department of Defense federal employees, petition the President of the United States to STOP Secretary Hagel for issuing ...

Fired Whistleblower Receives $820K Settlement from Labor Department

June 7, 2013 A former Labor Department employee has accepted an $820,000 settlement from the federal government after being fired for blowing the whistle on poor agency practices, according to a public-sector employee advocacy group. Richard Whitmore worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for more than 20 years as the agency’s ...

Mail Carrier’s Scam Thwarted by Price Is Right Appearance

June 7, 2013 A U.S. Postal Service employee has pleaded guilty to committing workers’ compensation fraud after an appearance on The Price is Right demonstrated inconsistencies with her alleged work-related injuries, according to court documents. Cathy Wrench Cashwell indicated in her paperwork in 2011 that she was not capable of “standing, sitting, walking, ...

Preserve CBP Overtime While Canceling Furloughs, Lawmaker Says

June 6, 2013 As congressional appropriators consider granting Customs and Border Protection the flexibility to avoid furloughs this year, one lawmaker is urging his colleagues to preserve overtime for the workforce as well. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Az., whose district’s southern edge borders Mexico, wrote a letter to leadership on the House Appropriations Committee ...

MSPB Could Face ‘Unprecedented’ Wave of Furlough Appeals

June 5, 2013 The Merit Systems Protection Board is bracing for the “unprecedented situation” of mass furlough appeals, according to an agency official. MSPB -- a quasi-judicial, independent agency that adjudicates appeals of “adverse personnel actions” from federal employees -- is responsible for issuing rulings on furlough appeals. Bryan Polisuk, general counsel for ...

OPM Issues Guidance on How to Partially Retire

June 4, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management has released additional details on the phased retirement option for eligible federal employees, spelling out implementation plans for the proposal signed into law nearly one year ago. Phased retirement -- which allows eligible federal employees to work part time while collecting prorated pension payments -- ...

Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse

June 4, 2013 A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit. EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located ...

Supreme Court Awards Fed’s Death Benefits to Ex-Wife, Despite Remarriage

June 3, 2013 The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a Virginia state court’s decision to allow the ex-wife of a deceased federal employee to collect life insurance benefits from the federal government. In its decision, the high court said federal law trumped a state provision that would have given Warren Hillman’s death benefits ...