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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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Effort to Give Better Social Security Benefits to Many Feds Gains Momentum in Congress

March 22, 2016 A longstanding effort to boost Social Security benefits for some former federal employees gained some momentum Tuesday, as powerful lawmakers from both parties embraced a reform proposal at a congressional hearing. Members of the House Ways and Means Committee’s panel on Social Security discussed the merits of a measure that...

Slow Delivery Could Cost the Postal Service Millions This Election Season

March 18, 2016 They don’t call it snail mail for nothing, it would appear. The U.S. Postal Service could be missing out on critical revenue during the election season as it continues to deliver mail more slowly, according to a new report. The postal inspector general published a management advisory this week that...

Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into Feds' Bonuses

March 17, 2016 The chief lawmaker who oversees federal workforce issues is looking into employee bonus pay, asking some agencies for more information on performance awards over the last decade. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, penned letters to the heads of the FBI, Forest Service...

Americans Can Now Mail Things to Cuba for the First Time in More Than 50 Years

March 17, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday operated mail service with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the agency announced. The resumption of service comes as the Obama administration has normalized relations with the Cuban government, halting hostilities between the country and the United States that lasted...

More Proposed VA Firings Only Amplify Calls for Broader Civil Service Reform

March 16, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department proposed firing three top officials working at the epicenter of its scandal involving the manipulation of patient wait list data, though the announcement did not appear to quell concerns that VA has not responded to the malfeasance appropriately. VA said Tuesday evening it issued notices of...

House Republican Budget Would Revive Cuts to Feds’ Pay and Benefits

March 15, 2016 In their fiscal 2017 budget proposal unveiled Tuesday, House Republicans removed some of the previously included provisions targeting federal employees for deficit reduction, though they still plan to bring back other cuts to civil servants’ compensation. Absent from the blueprint authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., was...

Lawmaker Sees Bipartisan Future for Pro-Fed Legislation, Including Big Pay Raise

March 15, 2016 A Democratic lawmaker with a fed-friendly history expressed optimism at an event Tuesday there could be bipartisan agreement to pass legislation benefiting federal employees this year, including a significant pay raise. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., told attendees of the Federal Managers Association’s national convention that those who disparage federal workers...

At Republican Debate, Firing Feds Takes Center Stage

March 11, 2016 The Republican presidential field has narrowed down to four candidates, but the remaining contenders' rhetoric against federal employees has only ramped up. In yet another debate -- the 12th such Republican event of the 2016 cycle -- the two remaining senators both took shots at the federal workforce, promising to...

Spurt of Deaths at Postal Facility Has Employees Worried About Poison in the Air

March 11, 2016 Anxiety is running high at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Michigan in which five employees have passed away in a 14-month period, and an auditor has found the agency is not properly measuring poisonous gas in the building. The massive, 1 million square foot Metroplex Processing and Distribution Center...

Congressional Crusader for Firing More Feds Announces Retirement

March 10, 2016 One of the main congressional proponents of making it easier for federal agencies to fire their employees will retire this year, he announced Thursday. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has chaired the House Veterans' Affairs Committee for the last six years. He has frequently deplored Veterans Affairs Department officials for their...

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