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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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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 ...

House Backs Bill to Cut VA Bonuses

October 29, 2013 This story has been updated. The House unanimously passed a bill Monday to limit the amount the Veterans Affairs Department can spend on bonuses each year, mandating a 14 percent cut to the agency’s performance awards. The bill would set an annual cap on bonuses of $345 million for the ...

Thousands of Feds Withdrew Retirement Investments During Shutdown

October 28, 2013 Federal employees turned to their retirement investments for cash during the government shutdown, with thousands of workers taking hardship withdrawals to support themselves through the unpaid period. Nearly 3,000 more feds withdrew from their Thrift Saving Plans during the shutdown than did in October of 2012, officials said at a ...

Labor Dept. Tells States Furloughed Feds Must Give Back Unemployment Benefits

October 25, 2013 This story has been updated. All states must recoup any unemployment payments made to federal employees furloughed by the shutdown, the Obama administration has advised. The announcement comes after a group of House Republicans called on the administration to ensure all federal employees who received unemployment insurance repay the compensation ...

Feds’ Annual Charity Drive Gets One Month Extension Due to Shutdown

October 25, 2013 Federal employees will have an extra month to donate to charities through the government-sponsored annual giving drive, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. Elaine Kaplan, OPM’s acting director, said in a letter to local leaders of the Combined Federal Campaign that the government shutdown necessitated the extension. The solicitation ...