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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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Here's A Chart Showing 30 Years of Military Pay Raises

September 15, 2014 Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way. The fate of the military raise, however, hangs much more in the balance. Obama and a Senate committee have backed a ...

One Chart Showing Every Military Pay Raise in the Last 30 Years

September 15, 2014 Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way. The fate of the military raise, however, hangs much more in the balance. Obama and a Senate committee have backed a ...

Will Congress Save the U.S. Postal Service?

September 12, 2014 Just about everyone agrees the U.S. Postal Service must change the way it does business. It’s not hard to see why: In 1970, Congress overhauled what was then known as the Post Office to create USPS, allowing it to operate independently from the rest of the federal government and requiring ...

Lawmakers Are Still Finding New Ways to Punish VA Employees

September 11, 2014 When Congress last month passed a massive overhaul and funding initiative to fix the broken Veterans Affairs Department, the law’s architects said their work was just getting started. On Wednesday, members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee followed through on that promise. Lawmakers approved yet another measure that would make ...

IRS Can Now Withdraw Money from Your TSP Account to Collect on Tax Debts

September 11, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service can now officially dip into federal employees’ retirement savings to recoup delinquent tax debts. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board on Wednesday issued a final rule to implement a bill President Obama signed into law in early 2013 making TSP accounts subject to federal tax levies. ...

Shutdown-Averting Spending Bill Would Allow Fed Pay Raise

September 10, 2014 When it comes to the federal employee pay raise, no news is good news. And that is exactly what feds received from House Republicans in the spending bill introduced Tuesday evening to keep government open past Sept. 30. The $1.01 trillion continuing resolution makes no mention of the raise, meaning ...

Social Insecurity

September 9, 2014 How does an agency synonymous with the 1930s New Deal modernize itself for the 21st century? That’s the dilemma confronting the Social Security Administration, with its declining budget and huge network of field offices that offer something Americans don’t experience all that often—an opportunity to interact with the federal government ...

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

September 8, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has endorsed a proposal to reverse plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close an additional 82 facilities in 2015. Reid’s was the 51st signature on an Aug. 14 letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, meaning a majority of the legislative body now supports ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in August

September 8, 2014 The retirement claims backlog dipped slightly in August, as the Office of Personnel Management processed its highest total of applications in three months. OPM received 8,702 retirement applications last month, and processed 9,225. The backlog of outstanding claims dropped by about 500 to 13,097. The human resources agency surpassed its ...

Federal Hiring Continues Slow Upward Climb

September 5, 2014 The federal government netted 3,000 new jobs in August, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the fifth consecutive month in which the size of its total workforce has slowly ticked upward. Uncle Sam ended the month with about 2.72 million employees. Civilian agencies added ...