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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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Lawmakers Want Federal Employees to Stop Harassing Interns

4:39 PM ET Interns are often the victims of opportunistic supervisors who require them to perform menial tasks without pay. They should not, however, be the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination. To that end, several Democrats have introduced separate bills on Tuesday to protect the budding workers in the Executive and Legislative...

Way More Feds Signed Up for Post-Hack Protections Than Anyone Anticipated

3:49 PM ET The contractor chosen by the Office of Personnel Management to provide protection services to victims of the initial breach of personnel files maintained by the agency took a lot of heat for its perceived customer service, though it may have actually altered the industry standard for performance. Prior the hack...

House-Backed Bill Orders a Hiring Spree to Fix Embattled Secret Service

July 27, 2015 The beleaguered Secret Service could soon hire 285 more employees to help plug the security holes that have plagued the agency in recent years, marking a nearly 5 percent boost of its workforce. The House on Monday passed the 2015 Secret Service Improvements Act, which would require the agency to...

Scott Walker: ‘Plenty’ of Federal Agencies Have 'Lived Past Their Usefulness'

July 27, 2015 Wisconsin governor and 2016 Republican presidential contender Scott Walker is steadfast in his desire to downsize the federal government, though so far his plan to do so is light on details. Asked by the Washington Examiner if he wanted to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, Walker said it was something...

Democratic Leader: Give Hack Victims Lifetime Protection Services, and Then Some

July 24, 2015 The second in command for House Democrats on Friday called for dramatically improved benefits for victims of the hacks of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, saying credit monitoring and related services should continue for entire lifetimes rather than just a few years. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called...

Senate Panel Approves 10 Years of Protection Services for Hack Victims

July 23, 2015 A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure to give current and former federal employees and contractors affected by the hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management protection services for 10 years, more than three times longer than OPM originally offered. The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to...

Federal Employee Union Backs Out of Giving Donald Trump a Tour at the Border

July 23, 2015 A union representing federal employees has reversed course on giving a tour of its work area to Donald Trump, saying it does not want to give the appearance of an endorsement. The National Border Patrol Council’s Local 2455, which represents BP agents in Laredo, Texas, originally agreed to give the...

Senate Panel Advances Feds’ Pay Raise in Bill That May Also Increase Perks for Hack Victims

July 22, 2015 Another group of lawmakers declined to block a pay raise for federal employees next year, increasing the likelihood nearly all civil servants will receive the 1.3 percent salary bump recommended by President Obama. The Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Wednesday approved its fiscal 2016 spending bill,...

After Years of Cutting Funding, Republicans Seek to Privatize Part of the IRS

July 22, 2015 A new compromise package to fund the nation’s surface transportation projects would privatize a major function of the Internal Revenue Service, delighting Republican lawmakers looking to shrink the agency but rankling its advocates. The highway funding bill crafted in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Barbara...

Democrats Call for Immediate Negotiations to Stave Off Shutdown

July 21, 2015 The clock is ticking down until appropriations across federal government lapse, and House Democrats want to get the ball rolling on finding a solution to avoid a government shutdown. Agencies are only currently funded through September, and with Congress set to recess for the entire month of August, there are...