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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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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 ...

Treasury Suspends Investments Into G Fund

June 3, 2013 The Treasury Department has suspended investments into the government securities G Fund, using the most stable of the federal employee pension funds to delay hitting the government’s debt ceiling. Suspending investments into the Thrift Savings Plan’s G fund -- which collects on interest-bearing Treasury bonds that make up the public ...

Americans: Furloughs Were So Last Month

May 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are people no longer looking for furlough information? That’s one of the conclusions that could be drawn based on trends in Google search data. While the mandatory unpaid days of leave are causing hardship for thousands of federal workers, data from the millions of searches conducted on Google’s servers reveal ...

Unemployment Compensation for Furloughed Feds?

May 31, 2013 Some federal employees will take week-long furloughs in an attempt to collect unemployment insurance, according to a CNN report. A union local in Philadelphia -- an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers -- has negotiated with Navy officials to allow the bunched furloughs, rather than the ...

Proposals Would Broaden Sensitive Positions and Change Appeal Rights

May 30, 2013 The Obama administration has proposed a rule to expand the definition of federal positions designated as “sensitive,” causing backlash among whistleblower advocates who say the change will deny rights to those who speak out against bad governance. The Office of Personnel Management and Office of the Director of National Intelligence ...

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

May 30, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency has cut three furlough days from the total its employees must take, according to an internal memo. The change will go into effect during the second phase of unpaid leave -- from June 16 through Sept. 30 -- and will bring the total number of furlough ...

What Would Happen if the Postal Service and FEHBP Part Ways?

May 30, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service wants to be left alone. It wants to be administered by its own board of governors, make its own decisions on how many days a week to deliver mail and set its own product prices. It also wants to run its own health care plan. Currently, ...

House Committee Leaves 2014 Federal Pay Raise on the Table

May 29, 2013 A House spending committee has cleared two separate appropriations bills that did not include a 2014 pay raise for civilian federal employees, but did not reject the notion entirely. The House Appropriations Committee has approved bills to fund the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, both of which leave open ...