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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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Retirement Backlog Falls to 2015 Low in October

November 5, 2015 The backlog of federal retirement claims fell in October to its lowest point this year, according to statistics released by the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday. Unprocessed retirement claims stood at 12,642 at the end of last month, down more than 2,000 from September. It marked the first time...

New Bill Would Strip IRS Employees of Union Rights

November 5, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service should no longer employ unionized employees, a lawmaker proposed on Thursday. The End the Partisan IRS Culture (EPIC) Act, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., would eliminate labor organization and collective bargaining requirements at the agency. Scott said he put the bill forward in light of...

Why Federal Employees May Soon Want to Go Electric

November 4, 2015 Much like Bob Dylan in 1965, federal employees may soon want to go electric. An amendment approved by the House on Tuesday as part of a much larger transportation bill would authorize federal agencies to install electric car charging stations in their parking lots. The measure, introduced with bipartisan support,...

Warning of Looming Shutdown, Lawmakers Look to Boost Agencies’ Budget Certainty

November 4, 2015 As some lawmakers warned the recent budget deal has not yet staved off a government shutdown, others on Wednesday looked to reform the budgeting process in the long term. Federal agency planners spend a disproportionate amount of their time preparing for various budget contingencies, senators said during a Budget Committee...

White House Announces Inaugural Participants in Program to Develop New Federal Leaders

November 3, 2015 The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the first-ever class of the White House Leadership Development Program, an initiative the president created last year in an effort to cultivate a new cadre of top career federal managers. Sixteen federal supervisors currently employed as General Schedule-15s from agencies throughout government will participate...

Federal Agencies Spent $334M on Advisory Committees in 2014

October 30, 2015 Federal agencies spent $334 million on 825 advisory committees in fiscal 2014, according to a new report. The number of federal advisory committees -- established to “allow experts from outside the federal government to provide advice and recommendations” -- generally hover around 1,000 annually, with about 70,000 members. Last year,...

Budget Deal Passes, but Shutdown Threat Still Looms

October 30, 2015 The Senate on Friday passed a budget framework to set spending levels for the next two years, but lawmakers have yet to complete their work for funding federal agencies. The bipartisan deal, which passed with near unanimous support from Democrats but only a minority of Republicans in both chambers, raises...

New House Speaker Has a History of Targeting Federal Pay, Benefits and Jobs

October 29, 2015 The House on Thursday elected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to be its next speaker, elevating one of the country’s elected officials who has most consistently targeted federal employees to cut spending. Ryan rose to prominence in part when he put forward budget plans in several consecutive Congresses that aimed to...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know About Wednesday's GOP Debate

October 28, 2015 The 11 top candidates for the Republican presidential nomination participated in the party’s third debate on Wednesday. The event, held in Boulder, Colo., focused on the economy, which throughout the night, turned into a discussion on the role of the federal government. Here are the main takeaways from the contenders...

Some Feds Could Soon Be Automatically Enrolled in New Health Plans

October 28, 2015 Federal employees will not have to worry about losing their health insurance if the plan in which they are enrolled is dropped from the government’s offerings, a rule finalized on Wednesday ensured. The Office of Personnel Management issued the final regulation requiring agencies to automatically enroll employees and annuitants into...