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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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FBI Agents Worry Criminals Will Have It Easier if Sequestration Continues

December 4, 2013 Looming furloughs, an ongoing hiring freeze and a suspension of training will leave the FBI less capable of preventing and responding to terrorist attacks and other criminal activities, according to a group representing the federal law enforcement officials. While the Justice Department avoided furloughs entirely in fiscal 2013, the FBI...

GOP Lawmakers: Cut Fed Benefits, Not Defense Spending

December 3, 2013 A new Republican proposal unveiled Tuesday to offset sequestration’s impact on Defense Department spending would cut benefits to federal retirees and force current employees to contribute more to their pensions. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., will introduce the Provide for the Common Defense Act in an effort...

GOP Lawmakers: Cut Fed Benefits, Not Defense Spending

December 3, 2013 A new Republican proposal unveiled Tuesday to offset sequestration’s impact on Defense Department spending would cut benefits to federal retirees and force current employees to contribute more to their pensions. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., will introduce the Provide for the Common Defense Act in an effort...

TSP Makes Mostly Modest Gains in November

December 2, 2013 Nearly every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan made gains in November, marking the third consecutive month of positive trends. Fixed income bonds were the only TSP offerings to dip last month, falling 0.35 percent. The F Fund is also the only investment in the red over the last 12...

Postal Groups Call for End to After-Dark Mail Deliveries

December 2, 2013 Letter carriers should no longer deliver mail after dark, one group representing employees at the U.S. Postal Service has said in light of the recent shooting of a postal worker at 7:30 p.m. while on the job in Maryland. The Community and Postal Workers United -- a group of activists...

Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says

November 22, 2013 Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration’s effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said the tactics federal agencies used to reduce furloughs in fiscal 2013...

GAO: One of the Best Places to Work in D.C.?

November 21, 2013 Government accountability is not everyone’s definition of “cool.” In Washington, D.C., however, it’s about as cool as it gets. And now -- after being named one of the 10 coolest places to work in the city by employee relations firm O.C. Tanner earlier this year -- Washingtonian has just named...

Lawmakers Want Feds to Have Socially Responsible Retirement Investment Options

November 21, 2013 Federal employees and retirees should be able to invest their retirement savings in socially responsible companies, according to a new bill proposed by a group of Democratic lawmakers. The Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., in the House and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in the...

Should Commissary Clerk Jobs be Classified as 'Sensitive' National Security Positions?

November 20, 2013 Lawmakers on Wednesday called for greater specificity in determining which information and federal jobs are designated as sensitive, saying over-classification damages national security. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce, focused Wednesday’s hearing on proposed rules to specify...

'Desk Jockey' Feds Abusing Overtime Are Stealing from Americans, Lawmaker Says

November 20, 2013 House lawmakers accused Customs and Border Protection employees who exploited the agency’s overtime pay system of stealing from the American people and called for quicker punitive action, during a combative hearing Wednesday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, praised the...