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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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Obama Threatens Veto Over Tax Deal Including a Bigger Mass Transit Benefit

November 26, 2014 Lawmakers are pressing to reach a deal on a tax extender bill that would include language providing federal employees a much larger mass transit benefit, but negotiations are temporarily stalled. President Obama issued a veto threat over the deal emerging between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., ...

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Nearly 1 Million Feds Will Soon Be Notified of Their Right to Join Shutdown Lawsuit

November 25, 2014 Most federal employees are focusing their shutdown consciousness on what lies ahead. The current continuing resolution will expire Dec. 11, and Congress has yet to lay out a plan to avoid a lapse in appropriations. Some feds, however, are still looking back. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will soon ...

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Federal Employees Really, Really Like Their Health Benefits

November 25, 2014 Federal employees are happy with their health care benefits. Ecstatic, in fact. A new survey from Morning Consult shows near across-the-board satisfaction with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Nearly 100 percent of respondents—99 percent, to be exact—said they are satisfied with their health care coverage under FEHBP. About 97 ...

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Your Open Season Questions, Answered.

November 24, 2014 It’s open season for federal employees to make adjustments to health care and other benefits, and the Office of Personnel Management wants to help feds make the right choices. OPM on Monday held a digital town hall, with experts from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees Dental and ...

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What the Obama Immigration Action Means for Federal Agencies

November 21, 2014 Components of the Homeland Security Department will take on a slew of new responsibilities as a result of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, with employees tackling different duties and potentially falling into a new pay system. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigrating Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ...

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Former Federal Leaders Seek Legislation to Save the SES

November 20, 2014 A group of former high-ranking federal government officials will issue a blueprint to overhaul and improve the Senior Executive Service early next year, with hopes that Congress will adopt the changes through legislation. At a symposium hosted by the Brookings Institution Wednesday called “Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service,” ...

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Obama to Host His First Meeting With Federal Senior Executives

November 19, 2014 The White House has scheduled a meeting between President Obama and senior executives in the federal government, Government Executive has learned. The meeting will take place Dec. 9, and will include career Senior Executive Service employees and other senior-level managers across government. The event is open to all in qualifying ...

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Feds Spend More Time Working for Unions than Reported

November 18, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management is not properly tracking the amount of time federal employees spend conducting union work on the taxpayers’ dime, which could mean the agency is significantly underreporting its use across government. OPM estimates the cost of “official time” -- hours spent performing union business -- by ...

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Despite Promises, Path to Avoiding a Shutdown Remains Treacherous

November 17, 2014 Lawmakers have a little more than three weeks to strike a deal to fund the government past mid-December, but congressional leadership has yet to carve out a clear path to reach such an agreement. The current continuing resolution is scheduled to expire Dec. 11. With the Senate set to change ...

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What Are the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Shutdown? Agencies Have No Idea.

November 17, 2014 On Dec. 11, federal agency coffers are scheduled to run dry, creating the possibility for another government shutdown. The key word there appears to be “another;” agencies went through the whole shutdown thing just one year ago, so they should be ready for it again. They should have learned from ...