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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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Hearing on Veterans Affairs conference spending turns combative

November 28, 2012 Veterans Affairs Department officials assured lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that VA has taken measures to ensure it will not waste taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences such as two widely criticized human resources training events held in Orlando, Fla., in the summer of 2011. But the hearing turned contentious, with...

OPM revises language, pushes telework for federal closures

November 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management officially announced changes to its dismissal and closure procedures Tuesday, revealing a clarification to the language it uses to inform federal employees when offices are shut and a renewed focus on teleworking. As previously reported, OPM will use the message “Federal offices are closed --...

Sandy victims permitted to withdraw funds from TSP

November 26, 2012 Federal employees affected by Superstorm Sandy can withdraw emergency funds from their retirement account, the Thrift Savings Plan has announced. Workers who live in the covered disaster area -- counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island -- or who have relatives affected by the storm can withdraw...

EPA, labor union reach impasse

November 21, 2012 A federal employee union has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of taking “anti-union” stances in labor negotiations, saying the agency has rejected good-faith compromises and declared a stalemate. The American Federation of Government Employees has filed with the Federal Service Impasses Panel, an entity designed to resolve stalled agency-union negotiations...

Leaving feds out of deficit deal wins bipartisan support

November 21, 2012 A bipartisan group of lawmakers -- all representing areas heavily populated by federal employees -- has a message for President Obama and colleagues in Congress: Leave the federal workforce alone. The nine House members, all representing districts in Washington, Maryland or Virginia, said federal employees have “paid their fair share”...

Feds to Congress: Leave us out of deficit deal

November 20, 2012 The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the fiscal cliff. Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the...

Peace Corps volunteers not properly informed on health care compensation options

November 20, 2012 The Peace Corps and Labor Department are not adequately monitoring access to and quality of health care compensation for volunteers returning home after serving, a report has found. As required by the Federal Employee Compensation Act, volunteers who serve abroad as part of the Peace Corps are entitled to reimbursement...

Record number of military suicides in 2012

November 19, 2012 Two branches of the U.S. military have reported a record number of suicides in 2012, according to USA Today. The Army has reported 168 soldiers have taken their lives, while 53 Navy sailors have done the same, both records. The Air Force and Marine Corps are just short of seeing...

Democrats: Leave federal employee health plan out of deficit deal

November 16, 2012 Several Democratic lawmakers plan to reject any deficit reduction proposal that targets federal employees’ benefits, Government Executive has learned. While some plans have called for cuts in civil servants’ compensation, including changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Democrats in Congress said federal workers should not be targeted to...

Live-tweeting war

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Often mundane social networking service Twitter is taking on what may be its weightiest subject yet: bombing raids. @IDFSpokesperson, the official, verified Twitter account of the Israeli Defense Forces, has provided information in real time to its more than 100,000 followers about its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, targeting...