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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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Conference Spending Down Significantly Since 2010

January 9, 2014 Conference spending at federal agencies has decreased by hundreds of millions of dollars in the last three years, according to a new congressional report. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., pointed to increased oversight by Congress and agency inspectors general as the impetus for the savings. The House Oversight and Government Reform ...

Union: Don’t Fill Staples Jobs with Non-Postal Employees

January 8, 2014 A union representing U.S. Postal Service employees is staging protests later this month against a pilot program that opened retail postal spaces at Staples office supply locations, complaining the resulting jobs are staffed by non-postal workers. The Postal Service reached an agreement with Staples in October 2013 to put retail ...

2014 Brings More Changes to Federal Pay and Benefits

January 8, 2014 The new year has ushered in several developments related to federal employees’ pay and benefits -- some more positive than others. Headlining that list, of course, is the end of a three-year pay freeze for most federal workers, who received a 1 percent pay bump on Jan. 1. However, there ...

Lawmakers Nearing Deal on Appropriations

January 7, 2014 Congressional appropriators are very close to finishing a deal that would set the funding levels for each federal agency, according to multiple reports and lawmakers involved in negotiations. Vincent Morris, a spokesman for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters Monday that negotiators “hope to ...

OPM: D.C.-Area Feds Should Consider Leaving Office Early to Avoid Frigid Temperatures

January 7, 2014 Federal agencies should allow their employees to telework or leave their offices early to avoid commuting during the most extreme temperatures today, the Office of Personnel Management said in a memorandum addressing the frigid weather blanketing the Washington, D.C. region on Tuesday. The temperature dropped to single digits early in ...

Pentagon Officially Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

January 6, 2014 The Defense Department on Monday formally adapted its definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” to include legally married same-sex couples, finalizing a plan it announced in August. The change came after the Pentagon issued an interim rule to update its identification card policy, effective immediately. The Supreme Court found unconstitutional in ...

TSP Ends 2013 On A Positive Note

January 3, 2014 Nearly all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan were in the black during the last month of 2013. Federal employees’ retirement investments rounded out the year with four consecutive months of gains. The F Fund (fixed income) was the only one to finish the year in the red, dropping ...

Lawmaker Looks to Postal Service to Restore Military Pension Cut

January 2, 2014 A new bill would undo the recent cuts made to certain military retirees’ pensions, and in exchange allow the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday proposed legislation that would restore full cost-of-living adjustments ...

Chief Justice: Sequester Jeopardizes Federal Courts, Public Safety

January 2, 2014 The federal court system would face major staff reductions, trial delays and security risks without additional funding, according to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In his annual year-end report, Roberts said he recognized the need to cut costs across government, but emphasized the entire judicial branch’s budget makes up ...

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

December 23, 2013 Federal employees will report for a full day of work Tuesday, with the Obama administration opting not to give any extra time off for Christmas Eve. The decision does not come as a surprise. It is “consistent with historical precedent when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday,” an official at ...