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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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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. ...

Congress Clears the Way for VA to Fire Senior Executives

July 29, 2014 House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement 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, lawmakers announced Monday. The compromise bill would allow the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee ...

USPS Is Recruiting a Firer-in-Chief

July 28, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from USPS. We’ve been down this road before. As mail volume has trended downward in recent years, the U.S. Postal Service has cut jobs. Lots of them. In 2005, USPS employed more than 700,000 people. It now has fewer than 500,000 workers. These ...

Congress Reaches Deal on Firing VA Senior Execs Immediately

July 28, 2014 House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement 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, lawmakers announced Monday. The compromise bill would allow the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee ...

Hiring Reform Bill Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill

July 25, 2014 A bipartisan pair of House members has introduced a bill to improve federal hiring by allowing agencies to share information on job applicants, joining several senators pushing the same reforms. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applicants with each other. The 2014 Competitive Service Act, introduced ...

Consolidations Have Led to More Nighttime Mail Deliveries, Putting Letter Carriers in Danger

July 25, 2014 Letter carriers in the Washington, D.C., area are increasingly making nighttime deliveries, despite warnings from the U.S. Postal Service and union representatives of the dangers of doing so. The number of capital region city carriers returning from their routes after 5 p.m. spiked 14 percent between October 2010 and September ...

House Panel Clears Bills in Hopes of Firing ‘Incompetent’ Execs, Record Manipulators

July 24, 2014 A House committee on Thursday advanced a measure that would make it easier for federal agencies to suspend or fire their senior executives, saying it would allow agencies to remove “incompetent” executives. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act -- introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. -- would bring sweeping changes ...

Expedited Firing Is VA Chief’s No. 1 Priority, But Bill to Allow That Is in Limbo

July 24, 2014 The interim chief of the Veterans Affairs Department spoke repeatedly on Thursday of the need to clean house at the agency, saying only administrative red tape has prevented him from firing more employees. Also on Thursday, however, House-Senate negotiators took a significant step backward on reaching a compromise on a ...

House Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Fire All Senior Executive Service Employees

July 23, 2014 House Republicans have put forward a new measure to ease the disciplining and firing of senior executives across government, saying the measure will bring increased accountability to agencies’ top career employees. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act -- introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and cosponsored by House Oversight and ...