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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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Self-Mandated Pay Raise for Federal Judges Will Cost $1B

October 8, 2014 Federal employees are used to Congress limiting their pay raises. For three consecutive years, lawmakers decided feds deserved no increase at all; Congress has since agreed to provide some of the lowest pay raises in recent history. For some federal employees, however, federal judges have ruled Congress has no authority ...

Feds Will Pay 3.8 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2015

October 7, 2014 Federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 3.8 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $2.93 more per paycheck, while those with family coverage will ...

200K Federal Contractors Are About to Get a Pay Raise

October 7, 2014 The Labor Department on Tuesday issued final rules for raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, setting the stage for all such workers on new contracts to earn at least $10.10 per hour starting Jan. 1. The regulation follows an executive order issued by President Obama in February ...

VA Employees Fight for More Pay

October 6, 2014 A former Veterans Affairs Department nurse is suing the agency for allegedly shorting her overtime pay, claiming many more employees would benefit from the suit. Annamma Samji, who worked as a nurse at a New Jersey facility from September 2012 through October 2013, said VA violated the Fair Labor Standards ...

Congress Has Many Ideas To Fix the Broken Security Clearance Process

September 30, 2014 In just a few months beginning mid-2013, the American people’s confidence in the federal government’s ability to administer security clearances was upended. First, cleared contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of classified data on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. Then contractor Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 people at ...

The Many, Many Ideas to Fix the Broken Security Clearance Process

September 29, 2014 In just a few months beginning mid-2013, the American people’s confidence in the federal government’s ability to administer security clearances was upended. First, cleared contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of classified data on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. Then contractor Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 people at ...

Sorry Feds: Lawmaker Says No More Porn Watching at Work

September 25, 2014 Civil service reform may not be the sexiest issue, but Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has certainly found the sexiest component of it. Meadows has introduced a bill to “prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit website from a federal computer.” The lawmaker was prompted to propose the ban ...

The Postal Service Wants to Deliver Your Groceries Each Morning

September 24, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is always looking for fresh ideas to create new revenue streams, and it may have come up with its freshest one yet. The cash-strapped agency is looking to deliver groceries to homes in select metropolitan areas nationwide, as part of a pilot program it hopes can ...

Political Appointee Ethics Quiz: The Answers

September 23, 2014 B. Generally speaking, an appointee has 90 days from the date of confirmation to divest of necessary stocks. C. Generally speaking, appointees must recuse themselves from such a company for one year before they can begin working with the company. D. Appointees are generally expected to recuse themselves from agency ...

QUIZ: Do You Know How to Be an Ethical Political Appointee?

September 23, 2014 Career federal employees are subject to tough regulations governing their conduct. But for many of their political bosses, the rules are even more complicated. The Office of Government Ethics on Monday released the first update in six years on creating Ethics Agreements for presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed employees. Agencies must run ...