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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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One Chart Tracking the Many Ways Congress Wants to Fix VA

June 11, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department is, by many accounts, broken, and Congress has a lot of ideas to fix it. The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to pass the McCain-Sanders VA bill, the most comprehensive attempt at finding solutions to the agency’s recent and systemic issues. The bill addresses concerns relating to ...

Donovan Welcomes What Senator Calls the Best and Worst Job in Government

June 11, 2014 The next likely head of the Office of Management and Budget promised to lead federal agencies with data-driven performance metrics, at a nomination hearing Wednesday. Shaun Donovan, currently the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department and nominated last month by President Obama to be the next OMB director, ...

House Bans Bonuses for All VA Employees Through 2016

June 10, 2014 The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that would ban bonuses for all Veterans Affairs Department employees for the next three years. The Veterans Access to Care Act would allow veterans experiencing long waits for an appointment at a VA facility, or those who live more than 40 miles ...

House Votes to Ban Bonuses for All VA Employees Through 2016

June 10, 2014 The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that would ban bonuses for all Veterans Affairs Department employees for the next three years. The Veterans Access to Care Act would allow veterans experiencing long waits for an appointment at a VA facility, or those who live more than 40 miles ...

House Panel Clears 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

June 10, 2014 A House panel on Tuesday approved a $491 billion Defense spending bill for 2015, which includes a 1.8 percent pay increase for service members. The legislation, supported unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee, features $128.1 billion for military pay and personnel. The personnel funding level is $669 million below the ...

House Targets Firing VA Officials With Second Bill

June 9, 2014 The House passed another bill on Monday to ease the firing of managers at the Veterans Affairs Department and restrict their bonuses. The chamber cleared unanimously by voice vote the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act, which would require the VA secretary to identify who is responsible for implementing the solution ...

Lawmakers Want to Overhaul Pay and Benefits for Border Patrol, Firefighters

June 9, 2014 Congress is considering sweeping legislation to overhaul pay and benefits for two specialized groups of federal employees. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday debated the 2013 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, which would eliminate the controversial Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime pay supplement. The bipartisan bill would ...

House Again Targets VA Managers Who 'Drag Their Feet and Don’t Do Their Jobs'

June 9, 2014 The House passed another bill on Monday to ease the firing of managers at the Veterans Affairs Department and restrict their bonuses. The chamber cleared unanimously by voice vote the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act, which would require the VA secretary to identify who is responsible for implementing the solution ...

The Senate Has a Deal to Fix the VA. What’s Next?

June 6, 2014 A bipartisan pair of senators has struck a deal to ease the firing of Veterans Affairs Department senior executives, provide significant funding for the hiring of new medical personnel and advance other agency reforms, but the proposal has yet to win universal praise. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernie Sanders, ...

Is $487K Too Little to Pay Federal Contractors?

June 5, 2014 The federal government has finalized a plan to expand compensation reimbursement caps to a large swath of its contracted employees, drawing the ire of its private industry partners. Congress approved the expansion in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, applying the ceiling on reimbursable pay to all Defense Department, General ...