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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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What the Obama Immigration Action Means for Federal Agencies

November 21, 2014 Components of the Homeland Security Department will take on a slew of new responsibilities as a result of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, with employees tackling different duties and potentially falling into a new pay system. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigrating Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ...

Former Federal Leaders Seek Legislation to Save the SES

November 20, 2014 A group of former high-ranking federal government officials will issue a blueprint to overhaul and improve the Senior Executive Service early next year, with hopes that Congress will adopt the changes through legislation. At a symposium hosted by the Brookings Institution Wednesday called “Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service,” ...

Obama to Host His First Meeting With Federal Senior Executives

November 19, 2014 The White House has scheduled a meeting between President Obama and senior executives in the federal government, Government Executive has learned. The meeting will take place Dec. 9, and will include career Senior Executive Service employees and other senior-level managers across government. The event is open to all in qualifying ...

Feds Spend More Time Working for Unions than Reported

November 18, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management is not properly tracking the amount of time federal employees spend conducting union work on the taxpayers’ dime, which could mean the agency is significantly underreporting its use across government. OPM estimates the cost of “official time” -- hours spent performing union business -- by ...

Despite Promises, Path to Avoiding a Shutdown Remains Treacherous

November 17, 2014 Lawmakers have a little more than three weeks to strike a deal to fund the government past mid-December, but congressional leadership has yet to carve out a clear path to reach such an agreement. The current continuing resolution is scheduled to expire Dec. 11. With the Senate set to change ...

What Are the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Shutdown? Agencies Have No Idea.

November 17, 2014 On Dec. 11, federal agency coffers are scheduled to run dry, creating the possibility for another government shutdown. The key word there appears to be “another;” agencies went through the whole shutdown thing just one year ago, so they should be ready for it again. They should have learned from ...

Amid Nationwide Employee Protests, Postal Service Announces $5.5B Loss in 2014

November 14, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service lost $5.5 billion in fiscal 2014, though in an operational bright spot it turned a profit of $1.4 billion in controllable costs. Postal employees took the announcement as occasion to protest planned 2015 facility closures, with all four labor groups organizing protests around the county. While ...

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Step Down

November 14, 2014 This story has been updated. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will leave his role as the head of the U.S. Postal Service, the agency’s board of governors announced Friday. Donahoe has served as USPS postmaster general and CEO since 2010. His tenure has largely been marked by cutting the agency’s workforce ...

As Clock Winds Down, Agencies Await Fate of Obama’s Nominees

November 13, 2014 Sometimes, long waits and uncertainty for presidential appointees have consequences. Tom Burke, appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency, was forced to relinquish his deanship at Johns Hopkins University. Beth Robinson, nominated to the Energy Department, gave up altogether, deciding her more than one year of waiting was more than she ...

Senator: Good Federal Employees Can’t Be Ordered on Amazon

November 12, 2014 Good federal employees cannot be mail ordered. That was the closing argument from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the outgoing chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, at a hearing Wednesday to discuss a White House request for $6.2 billion in emergency funding to aid the fight against Ebola. “We need to ...