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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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Group Proposes $333 Billion in Cuts to Feds’ Pay and Benefits

July 29, 2016 Federal employees are overpaid because the government operates independently of market pressures, according to research from a conservative think tank, which proposed $333 billion in savings over the next decade aimed at federal personnel costs. The Heritage Foundation proposed $26 billion in cuts specifically to federal employees’ pay, which researchers...

Democrats Laud Power of Government, Clinton's Management Skills

July 28, 2016 Last week, Republicans used their national convention to deplore an overly wasteful federal government, promising to root out problematic spending, employees and programs. Democrats have flipped the script this week, extolling the virtues of the government and Hillary Clinton’s ability to lead it. On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton praised...

No One Will Want a Federal Leadership Job After What I've Been Through, IRS Chief Warns

July 28, 2016 A man who has spent decades in and out of government is worried the recent Republican crusade against him will discourage others from following in his footsteps, potentially viewing his professional arc as a cautionary tale of the perils of public service. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said in...

Feds Can Ride Uber on the Government's Dime, Obama Administration Decides

July 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration issued guidance Wednesday clarifying federal agencies should reimburse employees who use ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for any travel on official business, effective immediately. The General Services Administration issued a bulletin on the Federal Travel Regulation, cementing a policy many -- but not all -- agencies...

Feds Can Ride Uber on the Government's Dime, Obama Administration Decides

July 27, 2016 The Obama administration issued guidance on Wednesday clarifying federal agencies should reimburse employees who use ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for any travel on official business, effective immediately. The General Services Administration issued a bulletin on the Federal Travel Regulation, cementing a policy many -- but not all --...

Purchase Card Oversight, Health Benefit Adjustment and More

July 27, 2016 Politicians use the sentence structure so often, the aphorism has become cliché: 99 percent of federal employees are good and hardworking, but… In the most recent example, the “but” refers to federal workers who abuse their government purchase cards. House lawmakers recently introduced companion legislation to a bill that already...

New Rule Dictates How Feds Can Ethically Apply for Jobs Outside Government

July 26, 2016 Federal employees seeking a new job as the Obama administration comes to an end should take caution to recuse themselves from any government business involving the potential employer, according to new regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday. One in four federal employees would consider leaving the...

Feds Move Nearly $2 Billion in TSP Savings to Safe, Low-Yield Investments Post-Brexit

July 25, 2016 Federal employees and retirees moved their retirement savings out of equity funds and into government securities in June in large numbers during a down month sparked by Brexit’s fallout. Thrift Savings Plan enrollees moved $1.8 billion into the G Fund in June, transferring money out of equity funds -- most...

OPM to Agencies: Let Feds Telework to Avoid Heat

July 22, 2016 It is really hot out. Oppressively, dangerously hot, and excessive heat warnings are in effect across the country. The Office of Personnel Management wants to make sure federal employees stay safe, and this summer that could mean staying at home and in the air conditioning. OPM encouraged agencies to approve...

Trump and GOP Outline Plans for Federal Government at Republican Convention

July 21, 2016 Republicans from across the country gathered in Cleveland this week to nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, and while there was some discord in the party ranks, the GOP was united in its desire to cut the size and scope of government. The speakers articulated few specifics of a...

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