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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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Is the Pentagon's Personnel Reform Turning a Corner at Long Last?

August 25, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System ...

A Breakthrough in Federal Labor-Management Relations at the Pentagon?

August 22, 2014 The latest overhaul of the Defense Department civilian personnel system has been an “unprecedented" landmark in labor-management collaboration, according to one union involved in the negotiations. Pete Randazzo and Paul O’Connor, who represent the National Federation of Federal Employees, celebrated the process of replacing the failed National Security Personnel System ...

Hallway Feces Was Only the Beginning of EPA's Region 8 Problems

August 22, 2014 A few months ago, Government Executive unearthed an email sent to Environmental Protection Agency workers at a Denver office asking them to stop defecating in the hallway. Well, it turns out the personal hygiene issues at the Region 8 headquarters were endemic, and it remains unclear if the culprit or ...

Are You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?

August 21, 2014 A record percentage of federal employees are enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to the agency that oversees the federal retirement investment accounts, but participants may not be contributing the optimal amount. Nearly 88 percent of workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System had TSP accounts at the ...

How Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring

August 20, 2014 The federal government’s complicated and layered rules about hiring military veterans has created the perception of unfair and preferential treatment, which has in turn negatively impacted employee engagement, according to a new report. The “patchwork of laws” that governs veterans’ preference hiring -- a concept that has existed in federal ...

Three Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs

August 20, 2014 Minority and female workers make up more of the federal workforce than they did 10 years ago, but on average they bring home a smaller paycheck than their white, male colleagues. According to the latest data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women in fiscal 2011 made up 43.81 percent ...

How Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costs

August 19, 2014 Federal workers’ compensation laws discourage employees from returning to the job and create unnecessary and burdensome costs for federal agencies, according to the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. USPS’ workers’ compensation costs have grown rapidly in recent years, the IG found, despite drastic cuts to the agency’s workforce. The Postal ...

Federal Agencies Are Falling Behind on Hiring Women and Disabled Employees

August 19, 2014 The percentage of women in the federal workforce is declining, according to the latest data, while the percentage of minority employees has remained stagnant. A new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission showed women made up 43.81 percent of the federal workforce in fiscal 2011, down from 43.97 in ...

New VA Chief Vows 'Patience' and 'Respect' When Firing Executives

August 17, 2014 Malfeasant Veterans Affairs Department employees will be held accountable, newly sworn-in Secretary Bob McDonald said on Thursday, but the process will take time and the employees will be treated with respect. When touring a VA facility in Memphis, McDonald told reporters he could not disclose any information on who or ...

New VA Chief Wants to Fire More Employees . . . Respectfully

August 15, 2014 Malfeasant Veterans Affairs Department employees will be held accountable, newly sworn-in Secretary Bob McDonald said on Thursday, but the process will take time and the employees will be treated with respect. When touring a VA facility in Memphis, McDonald told reporters he could not disclose any information on who or ...