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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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This Is What an Overhaul of the Federal Employee Pay System Could Look Like

April 1, 2014 The civil service system that governs the federal workforce is outdated and counterproductive, according a new report, and should be overhauled to improve hiring practices, reward top performers and create a more market-based pay structure. The current system is a “relic of a bygone era” that does not account for ...

VA Rehires Employee Involved in Drunk Driving Tragedy for $100K Job

April 1, 2014 A Veterans Affairs Department employee who was driving a government truck after a night of drinking when a co-worker fell out of the vehicle and died was re-hired at the agency after initially resigning, according to a report. Jed Fillingim was on official travel to Dallas with two colleagues for ...

Lawmaker to Feds: You Don’t Need So Many Limos

March 31, 2014 A Democratic lawmaker wants to cut the number of limousines in the federal fleet in half, despite a significant reduction in government’s luxury vehicles in recent years. Rep. John Barrow, a moderate Democrat in a potentially vulnerable Georgia seat, introduced the bill to boost his credentials in cutting government waste. ...

Senators to OPM: Your Retirement Claims Processing Is So 1977

March 28, 2014 A bipartisan group of senators on Friday condemned the Office of Personnel Management for wasting “millions of taxpayer dollars” every year by continuing to use an antiquated system to process retirement claims from former federal employees. The lawmakers called the largely analog system “unacceptable,” noting the average processing time -- ...

USPS Workers Went Bowling, Gambling Using Agency Credit Cards

March 28, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees used agency credit cards to pay for gambling sprees, bowling games and personal travel, according to a report in the Washington Examiner. One manager used her card to withdraw $32,000 in cash to gamble, according to Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by the Examiner. Closed ...

Around Government

March 28, 2014 Northern Exposure The U.S. military charts an eight-point plan for securing the Arctic and its natural resources. By Kevin Baron The Arctic has gained increased attention in national security circles as melting ice caps promise new access to strategic positions and undersea resources for three of the world’s most powerful ...

Harnessing Ingenuity

March 28, 2014 Sometimes, the federal government needs help solving a problem. Increasingly, it is turning to the public at large for solutions. Martha Dorris is leading the General Services Administration into the future of crowdsourcing with Challenge.gov, and bringing the rest of government along with it. The website, entering its third year, ...

Feds Were Feeling a Lot Less Generous in 2013

March 27, 2014 Donations to the Combined Federal Campaign dipped 19 percent in 2013 over the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive year of declining contributions for the federal government’s annual giving drive. With 162 of the 163 local CFC administrators reporting their totals, federal employees had committed $209 million to the campaign ...

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27, 2014 The 2010 Affordable Care Act will improve coverage while lowering costs for the 8.2 million workers, retirees and dependents participating in the federal employee health care program, an Obama administration official said Thursday. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told attendees of the annual Carrier Conference that the 2010 ...

Have a Clearance? You Can Earn a Lot More Outside Government

March 27, 2014 If you have a security clearance, it pays to be in the private sector. That is the takeaway from a new report from ClearanceJobs.com, a company that matches cleared individuals to companies searching for new employees. Government employees with security clearances earn $86,218 on average, according to the survey of ...