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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Fed Group Wants More Perks, Broader Eligibility for Partial Retirement

August 5, 2013 A federal employee group has asked for more benefits for employees looking to partially retire, a new option allowing feds to work part-time as they ease their way into a full retirement. Partial, or phased, retirement allows eligible federal employees to work half their typical hours, while receiving half of...

Proposal to Reduce Fed Workers’ Comp Benefits Attached to Postal Bill

August 2, 2013 A provision in bipartisan Senate postal reform legislation would overhaul workers’ compensation policies for all federal employees. Titled the 2013 Workers’ Compensation Reform Act, the provision -- introduced by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. -- would cut benefits for federal workers injured on the job once they...

Senators Introduce Postal Reform Bill With Bipartisan Support

August 2, 2013 Two oversight leaders in the Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, striking middle ground between partisan proposals put forward in the House. The 2013 Postal Reform Act was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and co-sponsored...

House Passes Republican Plan to Limit 'Out of Control Bureaucracy'

August 1, 2013 The House cleared a set of Republican-backed measures targeting federal employees Thursday after Democrats temporarily stalled the legislation on Wednesday. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the proposals would limit federal employee bonuses during sequestration, allow citizens to record conversations with feds without permission and permit agencies...

TSP Funds Back in the Black in July

August 1, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan rebounded with strong numbers in July after a mostly down month in June. Every fund showed gains last month, while every offering except the G Fund was in the red in June. The S Fund -- which is invested in small and midsize companies and tracks...

Democrats Block Bills Limiting Feds’ Bonuses, Workplace Rights

August 1, 2013 House Democrats on Wednesday temporarily blocked several Republican-backed bills targeting federal employees. The legislation needed a two-thirds majority to pass under a “suspension of the rules” vote, which would have allowed an expedited approval. Republicans said the bills were necessary to “restore trust in the federal government.” The Common Sense...

Going Off Script

August 1, 2013 Local union chiefs’ responsibilities typically focus on management policies—convening with agency leaders to advocate for higher pay, negotiate better work conditions and limit the impact of budget cuts on employees. Chris Crane has taken an entirely different approach. As president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council—a division of...

Around Government

August 1, 2013 Decoding Rap and Regs GSA considers site that analyzes hip-hop lyrics to cut through jargon. What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool to decode hip-hop lyrics that federal agencies could use to crowdsource explanations...

Bills Targeting IRS Workers, Conference Spending Win House Approval

July 31, 2013 The House approved two separate bills attempting to limit federal conferences, citing recent examples of employees misusing funds. The Government Spending Accountability Act passed the House unanimously by voice vote. The bill would cap the amount an agency can spend on a single conference at $500,000, unless the agency head...

Officials Make Good on Pay Docking

July 30, 2013 Another lawmaker has added his name to the tally of officials who have pledged to donate a portion of their salary in solidarity with furloughed federal employees. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has repeatedly spoken out against furlough plans at the Defense Department. Warner joins a long list of lawmakers and...