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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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Feds Battling Ebola in Africa Must Work 42 Days Before Bonus Pay Kicks In

October 21, 2014 Federal employees temporarily sent to West Africa to support the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola outbreak do not receive any special pay until after they’ve served 42 days, according to the State Department. State’s Office of Allowances, which sets pay adjustments and per diems for all federal employees in ...

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Agencies Paid Hundreds of Employees to Not Work for at Least One Year

October 20, 2014 Federal agencies from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013 paid 263 employees at least one full year’s salary to sit on the sidelines and not work, and paid an additional 57,000 federal workers at least one month’s salary to stay home. A Government Accountability Office report released on Monday found the ...

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U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola in West Africa Are Earning Bonus Pay

October 17, 2014 The U.S. military has committed 3,900 troops to fight and contain the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and for their efforts they will be earning a little extra money. Uniformed service members deployed in Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone as part of Operation United Assistance will receive up to ...

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TSA Administrator to Resign

October 16, 2014 The Transportation Security Administration’s chief will retire at the end of the year, the agency announced Thursday. John Pistole, who led TSA since June 2010, was the longest serving administrator in the agency’s history. Pistole was a hero to many federal employees, as he presided over the first unionization of ...

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Obama to Federal Agencies: Hire More Unemployed People, Debtors

October 15, 2014 President Obama wants to help unemployed Americans find jobs, and he wants to ensure federal agencies are open to hiring them. The White House rolled out a series of actions Wednesday to follow up on a January executive order aimed at helping the long-term unemployed back into the economy. The ...

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Are NIH Budget Cuts Really to Blame for the Spread of Ebola?

October 14, 2014 Global efforts to check the spread of Ebola thus far appear to be outmatched by the deadly virus, but the crisis could have been avoided altogether, according to the National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, if not for budget cuts at the agency. Collins recently told The Huffington ...

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The Simple Solution to Hiring Tech-Savvy Talent That Agencies Might be Overlooking

October 10, 2014 The federal government has a lot of new, data-driven ideas for finding and recruiting potential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employees, but it is now turning to the oldest incentive of all: money. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta reminded agencies this week of their ability to use ...

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Federal Employees Could Still Receive a Transit Benefit Boost This Year

October 9, 2014 There may be hope yet for federal employees who saw their mass transit benefit cut nearly in half this year. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen earlier this week stoked the fading embers of efforts to boost the benefit, when he wrote a letter to congressional leaders asking them to ...

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Self-Mandated Pay Raise for Federal Judges Will Cost $1B

October 8, 2014 Federal employees are used to Congress limiting their pay raises. For three consecutive years, lawmakers decided feds deserved no increase at all; Congress has since agreed to provide some of the lowest pay raises in recent history. For some federal employees, however, federal judges have ruled Congress has no authority ...

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Feds Will Pay 3.8 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2015

October 7, 2014 Federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 3.8 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $2.93 more per paycheck, while those with family coverage will ...