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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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Shutdown-Averting Spending Bill Would Allow Fed Pay Raise

September 10, 2014 When it comes to the federal employee pay raise, no news is good news. And that is exactly what feds received from House Republicans in the spending bill introduced Tuesday evening to keep government open past Sept. 30. The $1.01 trillion continuing resolution makes no mention of the raise, meaning ...

Social Insecurity

September 9, 2014 How does an agency synonymous with the 1930s New Deal modernize itself for the 21st century? That’s the dilemma confronting the Social Security Administration, with its declining budget and huge network of field offices that offer something Americans don’t experience all that often—an opportunity to interact with the federal government ...

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

September 8, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has endorsed a proposal to reverse plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close an additional 82 facilities in 2015. Reid’s was the 51st signature on an Aug. 14 letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, meaning a majority of the legislative body now supports ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in August

September 8, 2014 The retirement claims backlog dipped slightly in August, as the Office of Personnel Management processed its highest total of applications in three months. OPM received 8,702 retirement applications last month, and processed 9,225. The backlog of outstanding claims dropped by about 500 to 13,097. The human resources agency surpassed its ...

Federal Hiring Continues Slow Upward Climb

September 5, 2014 The federal government netted 3,000 new jobs in August, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the fifth consecutive month in which the size of its total workforce has slowly ticked upward. Uncle Sam ended the month with about 2.72 million employees. Civilian agencies added ...

Why 400 Feds Could Be Out of a Job

September 4, 2014 Congress has a lot on its plate when it comes back to work next week. First and foremost, of course, is passing a spending measure to keep the government from once again shutting down in October. Most parties seem to agree the best course of action is to pass a ...

Why Obama's Mental Health Initiatives Will Leave Many Veterans Without Help

September 3, 2014 President Obama last week unveiled a series of measures to improve mental health care for veterans, ranging from awareness campaigns to increased funding for brain chips to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Some advocates, however, do not believe Obama’s efforts go far enough. Part of the joint Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Why Obama's Mental Health Initiatives Will Leave Many Troubled Vets Without Help

September 3, 2014 President Obama last week unveiled a series of measures to improve mental health care for veterans, ranging from awareness campaigns to increased funding for brain chips to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Some advocates, however, do not believe Obama’s efforts go far enough. Part of the joint Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Homeland Security Spent Millions on Vehicles It Rarely Used

September 2, 2014 The Homeland Security Department spent between $35 million and $49 million on underused vehicles in fiscal 2012, according to a new report. The DHS inspector general found in an audit that agencies’ fleet managers don’t have systems in place to ensure they maintain an appropriate number of vehicles as cost ...

Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds a 1 Percent Pay Raise

August 29, 2014 President Obama issued an alternative pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2015. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing a 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay ...