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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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Lawmakers Pressure OPM to Begin Phased Retirement

July 7, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is ramping up pressure on the Office of Personnel Management to put out final guidance that would allow federal employees to partially retire while training their successors. Four Democrats and two Republicans wrote a letter to ...

OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog to Its Lowest Point in Years

July 7, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management in June once again made progress on its retirement claims backlog, cutting the number of outstanding applications to the lowest point in years. OPM processed 8,787 claims in June, cutting the backlog by 15 percent since May to 12,391. This was in part due to ...

Progress on the Retirement Claims Backlog, In One Chart

July 7, 2014 The backlog of retirement claims is continuing to shrink, after a slight jump earlier this year. June saw a 15 percent reduction in the backlog over May, with unprocessed applications falling to 12,391. The chart below shows the Office of Personnel Management's progress on its effort to eliminate the backlog ...

USPS Will Shed 3,000 Employees by 2015, Through Retirements or Layoffs

July 3, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is offering 3,000 postmasters $10,000 each to retire early as the agency continues to reduce hours at post offices across the country. Qualified postmasters -- top supervisors at individual post offices -- have until Aug. 18 to accept the offer, and must separate from USPS by ...

USPS Employees Used Travel Cards for Grocery Shopping, Eating Out

July 3, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years on unauthorized cash withdrawals and personal purchases using government travel cards, according to a new report. USPS’ inspector general found a lack of oversight allowed employees to take between April 2012 and March 2013 more ...

Here’s How the Pentagon Could Save $108 Billion Over the Next Decade

July 2, 2014 Thanks to sequestration, the Defense Department will have to reduce its spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Despite congressional resistance, Pentagon leaders -- up to and including the commander in chief -- have repeatedly sought to rein in compensation for military members and retirees in order to ...

Defense Would Get the Most Mileage From Trimming Pay, Benefits

July 2, 2014 Thanks to sequestration, the Defense Department will have to reduce its spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Despite congressional resistance, Pentagon leaders -- up to and including the commander in chief -- have repeatedly sought to rein in compensation for military members and retirees in order to ...

Pentagon Pays More for Prescription Drugs Than Other Federal Health Programs

July 2, 2014 As the Defense Department looks to lower its compensation expenditures to meet required spending reductions, it may want to reexamine its pharmaceutical policies. A recent Government Accountability Office report found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs per unit than other major federally sponsored health care packages. In 2011, Defense ...

Obama to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Feds

July 1, 2014 President Obama will soon certify federal agencies cannot discriminate against transgender employees. On Monday he announced his intentions to sign an executive order to back up existing regulations. The guidance, which Obama has ordered staff to draft, will ban workplace discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity. A ...

USPS to Shutter 82 More Processing Plants in 2015

July 1, 2014 In January, the U.S. Postal Service will resume its previously delayed plan to close more processing plants, the agency announced. The consolidations originally were scheduled for February 2014 but were pushed back for undisclosed reasons. The closures are part of an ongoing effort to streamline postal operations. USPS shuttered about ...