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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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Liabilities Overshadow Postal Service’s ‘Fantastic Quarter’

February 6, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of $754 million in the first three months of the fiscal year, despite significant revenue growth compared to the same period last year. Increases in political mailings and holiday shipping propelled USPS to a $1.1 billion operational profit in the first quarter ...

Lawmakers Push to Repeal Feds' Pension Contribution Hikes

February 5, 2015 This story has been updated. A new bill would walk back recent retirement pension contribution hikes for new federal employees. The legislation -- introduced by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., with 10 Democratic cosponsors -- would repeal two separate increases in the amount federal workers must pay toward their pensions, enacted ...

Oversight Leaders From Both Parties Endorse Pay Raise for Feds

February 4, 2015 The chief House members with oversight of the federal workforce at a conference Wednesday expressed their legislative priorities for dealing with civil servants, with both agreeing on the idea of a pay raise but differing drastically on other initiatives. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and his ...

Republicans: Obama's Budget Is Providing 'a Good Laugh'

February 3, 2015 While federal employee groups praised President Obama’s budget blueprint, Republican lawmakers met it with unanimous rebuke Tuesday, essentially shutting the door on his proposal becoming law. At a Senate Budget Committee hearing just one day after the White House unveiled its fiscal 2016 budget, Republicans complained Obama’s call to boost ...

As New Postal Leader Takes Charge, Obama Calls for Major USPS Reforms

February 3, 2015 President Obama renewed his longstanding call to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2016 budget, saying the agency must be reformed to ensure its future viability. Just one day after the Postal Service swore in its new postmaster general -- Megan Brennan -- Obama called for sweeping changes ...

Obama’s Budget Message to Feds: ‘I Have Your Back’

February 2, 2015 President Obama called for a total overhaul of the federal civil service system in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal, deriding the current structure as an antiquated relic of generations past. In a section of his budget blueprint labeled as his plan for “strengthening the federal workforce,” Obama said federal employees ...

White House Requests Modest Pay Increase for Troops and Civilians

February 2, 2015 President Obama called for a 1.3 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees and military members in his fiscal 2016 budget request released Monday. The raise will help the federal government "remain competitive in attracting and retaining a high caliber workforce," the proposal stated. This marks the highest such pay ...

White House Seeks 1.3 Percent Pay Raise for Civilians, Troops

February 2, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama called for a 1.3 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees and military members in his fiscal 2016 budget request released Monday. The raise will help the federal government "remain competitive in attracting and retaining a high caliber workforce," the proposal stated. This ...

Bill Targets Federal Employees' Bonuses – Yet Again

January 30, 2015 For years, lawmakers have looked for ways to decrease monetary bonuses for federal employees. To date, their efforts have borne little fruit. That does not mean they are going to stop trying, however. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has introduced the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, which would prohibit agencies from ...

Obama’s Budget Will Soar Way Above Sequestration Spending Caps

January 29, 2015 President Obama will seek to reverse the spending caps created by sequestration in his fiscal 2016 budget, according to a White House official, proposing to spend roughly $74 billion more than the current statutory limits. Overall, Obama will propose raising spending levels about 7 percent higher than those spelled out ...