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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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Postal Service to Add Thousands of Union Jobs in 2014

September 22, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service will soon add thousands of union jobs to its rolls, a major postal labor group announced Monday. Thanks to an independent arbitration ruling earlier this month, USPS will add or convert at least 9,000 jobs previously held by part-time, non-union employees to bargaining unit positions. At ...

Bill Forcing Border Patrol Agents to Work More and Earn Less Clears Senate

September 19, 2014 The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to overhaul pay for law enforcement officials at Customs and Border Protection. The Border Patrol Pay Reform Act aims to “dramatically simplify” compensation for CBP agents, including through the elimination of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the changes ...

Congress Staves Off Another Government Shutdown...For Now

September 18, 2014 The Senate on Thursday easily passed a short-term spending bill, clearing the way for the government to avoid a shutdown until at least mid-December. The Senate’s passage by a vote of 73-22 follows the House approving on Wednesday the $1.01 trillion stopgap measure -- which funds agencies at their current ...

Congress Staves Off Government Shutdown…for Now

September 18, 2014 The Senate on Thursday easily passed a short-term spending bill, clearing the way for the government to avoid a shutdown until at least mid-December. The Senate’s passage by a vote of 73-22 follows the House approving on Wednesday the $1.01 trillion stopgap measure -- which funds agencies at their current ...

House Approves Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

September 17, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to keep government agencies open through mid-December by a 319-108 vote, and the bill will now head to the Senate where it is expected to receive final approval. Desperate to avoid a government shutdown before the November midterm election, lawmakers opted to fund ...

Senate Approves Bill to Default New Hires Into Riskier, Higher Yielding TSP Fund

September 17, 2014 The Senate passed a measure to invest new federal employees’ retirement savings into lifecycle funds rather than government securities. The Smart Savings Act, endorsed by the Thrift Savings Plan’s governing board and its stakeholders, would change the default fund for new hires from the low-yielding-but-steady G Fund to the higher ...

House OKs Bill Mandating More Firings of Misbehaving Federal Employees

September 17, 2014 This story has been updated. The House Tuesday evening passed a measure that would require federal agencies to fire any employees found guilty of destroying or manipulating official records. The Federal Records Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would remove any employees an inspector general found knowingly “concealed, ...

Bill to Avoid Shutdown on Track for Passage This Week

September 16, 2014 A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week, though the final iteration of the measure remains unclear. Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday, with members ...

Agencies Are Increasingly Dismissing Discrimination Claims for the Wrong Reasons

September 15, 2014 Federal agencies are increasingly in the wrong when they dismiss discrimination charges, a report released on Monday found. On average, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reversed one-third of all cases dismissed between fiscal years 2008 and 2012 by an agency without an investigation or hearing. The reversal rate has ...

Here's A Chart Showing 30 Years of Military Pay Raises

September 15, 2014 Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way. The fate of the military raise, however, hangs much more in the balance. Obama and a Senate committee have backed a ...