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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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How Pay Reform Could Solve the Border Crisis

August 1, 2014 Lawmakers have lots of ideas to solve the current border crisis, but none of them are very popular. Partisan rancor has reached a crescendo this week as Democrats and Republicans weigh the merits of providing Customs and Border Protection and other agencies with an emergency surge in funding to deal ...

Is Federal Hiring Set to Rebound?

August 1, 2014 The federal government netted no new jobs in July, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the fourth consecutive month without much movement in its total workforce. Uncle Sam ended the month with about 2.7 million employees, the same total it had at the end ...

Congress Has Passed a Major VA Overhaul. Now What?

August 1, 2014 The Senate passed a major Veterans Affairs Department overhaul Thursday evening, and the bill will soon be signed into law by President Obama. The law will ease the firing of VA senior executives, reform employee performance metrics and allow veterans without immediate access to a VA facility to receive private ...

Pentagon's Civilian Workforce Could Face New Performance Evaluations

August 1, 2014 The last time the Defense Department tried to overhaul its personnel system, it was, by most accounts, a disaster. The National Security Personnel System, created during the George W. Bush administration to more closely tie pay to performance and duties, was dismantled just a few short years after it was ...

Deja Vu? Pentagon at Odds With Union on Its Second Attempt at Civilian Personnel Reform

July 31, 2014 The last time the Defense Department tried to overhaul its personnel system, it was, by most accounts, a disaster. The National Security Personnel System, created during the George W. Bush administration to more closely tie pay to performance and duties, was dismantled just a few short years after it was ...

Bill Would Repeal Recent Pension Contribution Hikes

July 31, 2014 A new bill would walk back retirement pension contribution hikes for new federal employees, approved by Congress in recent years to address deficit concerns. The legislation -- introduced by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and cosponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. -- would repeal two separate increases on the amount federal ...

House VA Bill for Firing Executives Advances to Senate

July 31, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved 420-5 a compromise bill to ease the firing of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, as part of a larger set of reforms to overhaul the troubled agency. The legislation would allow the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee -- or ...

House Clears Bill Making it Easier to Fire VA Execs

July 30, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved 420-5 a compromise bill to ease the firing of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, as part of a larger set of reforms to overhaul the troubled agency. The legislation would allow the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee -- or ...

Some New Feds Could Soon Get Bonus Sick Leave

July 30, 2014 Disabled veterans entering federal civilian service should not have to wait to receive sick leave, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The 2014 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act -- introduced by Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.; Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.; and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas -- would give former ...

Many Part-Time Feds Will Soon Be Eligible for Federal Health Benefits

July 29, 2014 Thousands of previously ineligible federal employees will soon have access to the government-sponsored health care package, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Currently, temporary, intermittent and seasonal employees who work for fewer than six months each year are not eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. ...