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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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Air Force Cancels Its Plans for Layoffs in 2015

4:39 PM ET The Air Force has walked away from plans to lay off employees in 2015, saying it already has reached the requisite level of budget cuts through previous workforce reductions. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement at a town hall earlier this week, saying she made the decision ...

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Possible Furlough Days Coming to IRS Employees

12:55 PM ET The Internal Revenue Service may furlough employees in 2015 due to the drastic budget cuts it will face next year, according to the agency’s chief. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has already told staff of a hiring freeze and overtime suspension, with limited exceptions, in 2015. He told reporters Thursday the ...

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Congress Fails to Confirm Postal Nominees, but USPS Says It’s Found a Workaround

December 18, 2014 The Senate confirmed a whole slew of political appointees nominated by President Obama before the close of the 113th Congress. Unfortunately for the U.S. Postal Service, those confirmations did nothing to help it. Earlier this month, the USPS governing board lost its quorum when the term of Mickey Barnett, its ...

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Air Force Cancels 2015 Layoffs: ‘Enough is Enough’

December 18, 2014 The Air Force has walked away from plans to lay off employees in 2015, saying it already has reached the requisite level of budget cuts through previous workforce reductions. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement at a town hall earlier this week, saying she made the decision ...

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Retroactive Mass Transit Benefit Boost Heads to Obama’s Desk

December 17, 2014 The Senate late Tuesday approved a measure 76-16 that will retroactively provide federal employees and all American workers with a much larger mass transit benefit for 2014. The provision is part of a broader tax deal that President Obama is expected to sign into law. The transit benefit fell nearly ...

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How Feds Could Soon Receive Better Quality Health Care

December 16, 2014 Carriers providing health coverage to federal employees and retirees will soon be subject to new performance metrics, with quality of care becoming the most important measure in the government’s assessments. Their performance will affect their profitability. Health insurance companies with plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are assessed ...

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How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

December 15, 2014 Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-author of ...

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OPM, State Dept. Employees Sent Home as Several D.C. Agencies Experience Power Outage

December 15, 2014 An electrical fire at the Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, D.C., triggered a power outage at several federal agencies Monday, and OPM and State Department workers were dismissed for the day. The fire occurred at 9:15 a.m. in a sub-basement level of the OPM building, and was contained ...

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Senate Must Act By Wednesday to Avoid Government Shutdown

December 12, 2014 This story has been updated. After tumultuous debate and last-minute rallying from the White House, the House late Thursday narrowly passed a spending bill to fund most of federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2015. The House, followed by the Senate with limited time to spare before a government ...

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Senior Execs’ Bonuses, Performance Reviews Could Soon Come Under Tighter Scrutiny

December 12, 2014 The Obama administration continued its focus on career senior leaders in federal government this week, proposing new regulations to standardize performance management of agencies’ top civil servants. The Office of Personnel Management released on Wednesday a proposed rule to update a three-year-old statute requiring agencies to implement performance standards for ...