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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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House Panel Advances Military Retirement Reform Bill

April 23, 2015 A House panel on Thursday advanced a package that would overhaul retirement benefits for military personnel, expanding perks for those who do not spend a large portion of their careers in the armed forces. The House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee approved several proposals from a compensation reform commission in...

House Panel Advances Military Retirement Overhaul

April 23, 2015 A House panel on Thursday advanced a package that would overhaul retirement benefits for military personnel, expanding perks for those who do not spend a large portion of their careers in the armed forces. The House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee approved several proposals from a compensation reform commission in...

Lawmakers Pitch Major Changes to Some Feds’ Retirement Perks

April 22, 2015 Federal law enforcement officers could soon receive a boost in their retirement benefits, thanks to a recent push from lawmakers in both parties. One measure applies to all of federal law enforcement, allowing officers and federal firefighters to access their Thrift Savings Plan funds at a younger age without facing...

Union Joins Lawmakers in Embracing De-Federalization of FAA

April 21, 2015 One federal employee group has an idea of how to free its members from the volatility of a dysfunctional Congress, bringing job stability and predictable funding: separate from the federal government. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents 20,000 workers, has determined the system is broken and it would...

DEA Chief to Resign Amid Sex Party Scandal

April 21, 2015 The head of the Drug Enforcement Agency is expected to resign soon, according to multiple media reports. DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart has worked at the agency in various capacities for 35 years, but the recent firestorm created by the revelation that DEA agents were engaging with cartel-funded prostitutes proved too...

TSP Participants Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers, Auditors Say

April 20, 2015 The agency running the Thrift Savings Plan has not implemented the proper controls to prevent hackers from accessing its systems and potentially compromising the personal data of federal employee and retiree participants, federal auditors said on Monday. Representatives from the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration told the Federal Retirement...

Republicans Planning 'Big Fights' on Agency Funding to Rein in Bureaucrats

April 17, 2015 The next agency funding deadline is more than five months away, but the threats and gamesmanship of shutdown politics are already in full swing. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal released Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised “some big fights over funding the bureaucracy” in the...

A Potential Breakthrough for Paid Parental Leave for Feds

April 16, 2015 Lawmakers on Thursday promised to be nicer to federal employees, and it appears they are already on their way to making good on that promise. At a hearing on Thursday, a bipartisan pair of House members agreed in principle to craft work-life balance legislation for the federal workforce, potentially including...

Lawmakers in Both Parties Promise to Be Nicer to Feds

April 16, 2015 Lawmakers vowed to change their rhetoric to show their appreciation for the federal workforce during a congressional hearing on Thursday on low employee morale. Representatives from agencies large and small -- including the Homeland Security Department, National Archives and Records Administration, and Chemical Safety Board -- testified to the House...

House Republicans Fail in Effort to Fire All Tax Delinquent Feds

April 15, 2015 The House on Wednesday failed to pass a bill that would fire any federal employee delinquent on his or her taxes, marking the second consecutive year the measure fell short. The vote occurred after a contentious debate on the House floor in which Republicans argued in favor of the legislation,...