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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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The Federal Government Is Unprepared for a Large-Scale Animal Disease Outbreak

May 28, 2015 Federal agencies do not have enough veterinarians to respond to a major crisis, according to a new report, nor do they know how many animal physicians they would need in such an event. The Government Accountability Office said agencies are not adequately monitoring and developing their animal doctors. In addition...

Tens of Thousands of Feds to Receive Significant Pay Raise Next Year

May 27, 2015 Tens of thousands of federal employees will soon receive a pay raise thanks to an Obama administration decision to designate 13 cities as unique pay localities. The decision comes after years of deliberation, including tentative approval in May 2013. The cities will now receive unique locality-based pay adjustments, rather than...

USPS Suspends Remaining Facility Closures Scheduled for 2015

May 26, 2015 This story has been updated with comment from the Postal Service. Amid a barrage of pressure from across the spectrum of postal stakeholders, the U.S. Postal Service has indefinitely postponed dozens of facility closures scheduled for later this year. USPS had planned to close 82 facilities in 2015 in the...

Agencies That Stand to Lose the Most Under Senate Spending Plan

May 22, 2015 A Senate committee on Thursday laid out proposed spending totals across all 12 areas of government for fiscal 2016, calling for domestic spending cuts of nearly 7 percent compared to 2015 levels. Along party lines, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved spending levels in line with those required by the 2011...

Gaming Industry: Let Feds Use Government Charge Cards at Casinos

May 21, 2015 This story has been updated with comment from the trade group representing strip clubs. The use of government charge cards at casinos is generally regarded as a bad thing. To one group, however, it is a completely legitimate business expense. The CEO of the American Gaming Association sent a letter...

Amid USPS' Calls for Pay Cuts, Unions Let Deadline Pass for New Labor Contract

May 21, 2015 Two postal unions representing more than 300,000 employees are struggling to reach new collective bargaining agreements with postal management, with one already abandoning negotiations in favor of mediation. USPS’ contracts with both the American Postal Workers Union, which represents nearly 200,000 employees, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, which...

High-Ranking Feds Arrested for Allegedly Moonlighting as Strip Club Owners, Assaulting Juvenile

May 20, 2015 When federal employees make national headlines, it is often for their engagement in nefarious activities. Such was the case on Wednesday, when arrests of federal law enforcement personnel came to light. The FBI arrested two officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration -- one of whom no longer works at DEA...

Generous Benefits for Feds Injured on the Job Could Be on the Chopping Block

May 20, 2015 Lawmakers and representatives from the Obama administration advocated on Wednesday reforming the workers’ compensation package awarded to federal employees injured on the job, arguing changes could save more than $300 million over 10 years. A Labor Department official told the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections the...

Lawmaker: Let Feds Invest TSP Savings in Companies With Female Leadership

May 19, 2015 Federal employees and retirees should have the opportunity to invest in women business leaders, according to a Democratic lawmaker. That is why Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the Gender Diversity Investment Act, which would create a new Thrift Savings Plan fund invested in companies “that demonstrate a strong commitment to...

Legal Cases Could Give Feds More Overtime Compensation, Appeal Rights

May 18, 2015 One recent federal court decision could change the way agencies dole out overtime, while another will provide federal employees with more appeal rights when faced with adverse actions. In Mercier v. United States, two nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department sued their employer for not paying out overtime they were...