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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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Obama Tells Federal Agencies to Help Prepare Nation for Climate Change

November 6, 2013 President Obama wants to prepare the country for the fallout of climate change, and he is calling on federal agencies to spearhead the efforts. In a new executive order, Obama attempted to “enhance climate preparedness and resilience” by, in part, instructing agencies to develop plans to integrate consideration of climate ...

Should TSA Officers Have Guns?

November 6, 2013 Federal officials will investigate airport security policies in light of last week’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, including whether Transportation Security Administration officers should carry guns. TSA Administrator John Pistole called for a review of policies with airport police after the shooting, which left one TSA officer dead and ...

Amid Overtime Scandal, Lawmakers to Pitch New Pay Structure for Border Agents

November 5, 2013 Lawmakers plan to pitch an overhaul to the pay and overtime system used to compensate U.S. Border Patrol agents, according to a union representing the law enforcement officers. The overtime payments came under fire last week when the Office of Special Counsel reported widespread abuse, in which employees were claiming ...

Federal Law Enforcement Officers: Let Us Bring Guns to Football Games

November 4, 2013 The National Football League has issued a rule to deny entry to any off-duty police officer who brings a concealed firearm to one of its stadiums, and at least one group of federal employees is not happy. “Federal law enforcement officers carry their weapons to protect themselves and the public,” ...

Senate Postal Reform Bill Delayed 'Indefinitely'

November 4, 2013 The bipartisan Senate proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service has hit a snag, forcing the bill’s authors to push back the timetable for a vote. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the bill with ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in ...

Children of Feds in Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships Can Now Enroll in FEHBP

November 1, 2013 Federal employees in same-sex domestic partnerships can now enroll their children in their government health care plan, the Office of Personnel Management has decided. The final rule applies only in states in which same-sex marriage is illegal, as legally married same-sex spouses are already allowed to enroll their children in ...

TSP Has Another Strong Month in October

November 1, 2013 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan made gains in October, marking the second consecutive month of across-the-board growth. The C Fund, invested in common stocks, had the strongest October, increasing 4.6 percent. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, saw a 3.38 percent jump, though that figure ...

Agencies Promise Security Clearance Fixes Soon

October 31, 2013 Senate oversight leaders called into question the government’s security clearance process at a hearing Thursday, saying a lack of coordination and thoroughness led to recent leaks and tragedies. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held the hearing in light of Edward Snowden’s mass leaks regarding the National Security Agency ...

Budget Negotiators Agree on One Thing: Avoiding Another Shutdown

October 30, 2013 Congressional budget negotiators on Wednesday attempted to temper expectations for a big deal, and lawmakers dug in along party lines on the issue of continuing sequestration. The bicameral budget conference committee, put into place as a condition of reopening the government after the recent 16-day shutdown, held its first official ...

Federal Retirees Will Receive 1.5 Percent COLA Next Year

October 30, 2013 Federal retirees will see a 1.5 percent increase in their annuities starting in January, according to figures released Wednesday. The 2014 cost-of-living adjustment is a relatively small one, and marks the second consecutive year the figure has dropped. The 2013 COLA was 1.7 percent, while the 3.6 percent boost in ...