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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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Agencies That Stand to Lose the Most Under Senate Spending Plan

May 22, 2015 A Senate committee on Thursday laid out proposed spending totals across all 12 areas of government for fiscal 2016, calling for domestic spending cuts of nearly 7 percent compared to 2015 levels. Along party lines, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved spending levels in line with those required by the 2011 ...

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Gaming Industry: Let Feds Use Government Charge Cards at Casinos

May 21, 2015 This story has been updated with comment from the trade group representing strip clubs. The use of government charge cards at casinos is generally regarded as a bad thing. To one group, however, it is a completely legitimate business expense. The CEO of the American Gaming Association sent a letter ...

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Amid USPS' Calls for Pay Cuts, Unions Let Deadline Pass for New Labor Contract

May 21, 2015 Two postal unions representing more than 300,000 employees are struggling to reach new collective bargaining agreements with postal management, with one already abandoning negotiations in favor of mediation. USPS’ contracts with both the American Postal Workers Union, which represents nearly 200,000 employees, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, which ...

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High-Ranking Feds Arrested for Allegedly Moonlighting as Strip Club Owners, Assaulting Juvenile

May 20, 2015 When federal employees make national headlines, it is often for their engagement in nefarious activities. Such was the case on Wednesday, when arrests of federal law enforcement personnel came to light. The FBI arrested two officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration -- one of whom no longer works at DEA ...

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Generous Benefits for Feds Injured on the Job Could Be on the Chopping Block

May 20, 2015 Lawmakers and representatives from the Obama administration advocated on Wednesday reforming the workers’ compensation package awarded to federal employees injured on the job, arguing changes could save more than $300 million over 10 years. A Labor Department official told the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections the ...

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Lawmaker: Let Feds Invest TSP Savings in Companies With Female Leadership

May 19, 2015 Federal employees and retirees should have the opportunity to invest in women business leaders, according to a Democratic lawmaker. That is why Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the Gender Diversity Investment Act, which would create a new Thrift Savings Plan fund invested in companies “that demonstrate a strong commitment to ...

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Legal Cases Could Give Feds More Overtime Compensation, Appeal Rights

May 18, 2015 One recent federal court decision could change the way agencies dole out overtime, while another will provide federal employees with more appeal rights when faced with adverse actions. In Mercier v. United States, two nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department sued their employer for not paying out overtime they were ...

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Dog Bites (Mail)Man: The 10 Cities Where Dogs Attack Letter Carriers the Most

May 15, 2015 Dogs attacking the mailman do not just happen in the funny pages. Nearly 6,000 U.S. Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs in 2014, and USPS wants it to stop. As it has done for several years, the Postal Service has -- to correspond with National Dog Bite Prevention Week ...

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Awards and Job Satisfaction Surveys Issued to Boost Federal Workers' Morale

May 15, 2015 The Homeland Security Department honored 10 of its own employees and two local law enforcement officers on Thursday for acts of valor that “saved individuals from harm, rescued another’s life and protected infrastructure in support of the nation’s security.” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson instituted the Awards for Valor in 2014 ...

Whistleblower Says VA Spent More Than $6 Billion Unlawfully

May 15, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department unlawfully spent billions of dollars on procuring medical devices and supplies in recent years, according to a high-ranking whistleblower, leaving the department vulnerable to waste and putting veterans in harm’s way. Jan Frye, VA’s deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Acquisitions and Logistics, first brought ...