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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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Republicans Planning 'Big Fights' on Agency Funding to Rein in Bureaucrats

April 17, 2015 The next agency funding deadline is more than five months away, but the threats and gamesmanship of shutdown politics are already in full swing. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal released Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised “some big fights over funding the bureaucracy” in the ...

A Potential Breakthrough for Paid Parental Leave for Feds

April 16, 2015 Lawmakers on Thursday promised to be nicer to federal employees, and it appears they are already on their way to making good on that promise. At a hearing on Thursday, a bipartisan pair of House members agreed in principle to craft work-life balance legislation for the federal workforce, potentially including ...

Lawmakers in Both Parties Promise to Be Nicer to Feds

April 16, 2015 Lawmakers vowed to change their rhetoric to show their appreciation for the federal workforce during a congressional hearing on Thursday on low employee morale. Representatives from agencies large and small -- including the Homeland Security Department, National Archives and Records Administration, and Chemical Safety Board -- testified to the House ...

House Republicans Fail in Effort to Fire All Tax Delinquent Feds

April 15, 2015 The House on Wednesday failed to pass a bill that would fire any federal employee delinquent on his or her taxes, marking the second consecutive year the measure fell short. The vote occurred after a contentious debate on the House floor in which Republicans argued in favor of the legislation, ...

Postal Worker Lands Helicopter on U.S. Capitol Grounds to Make Special Mail Delivery

April 15, 2015 This story has been updated. A U.S. Postal Service worker from Florida flew a small helicopter through restricted airspace and onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, where he was promptly arrested. Doug Hughes, the gyrocopter’s pilot, flew his mission with the same goal he had each ...

Another Agency Head Asks Congress for More Firing Authority

April 14, 2015 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday relentlessly grilled the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration about the sexual misconduct of her agents and the lack of discipline they received, with several House members questioning her fitness to lead the organization. DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart -- who has ...

What a Marco Rubio Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

April 13, 2015 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined the presidential fray on Monday, throwing his name into the race for the White House in 2016. Though Rubio’s time in the federal spotlight is relatively short -- he was first elected to the Senate in 2010 -- he has racked up a fairly long ...

What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

April 13, 2015 On Sunday, Hillary Clinton did what everyone seemed to know she would do for quite some time: she officially made herself a candidate for president in the 2016 election. Clinton’s long-awaited foray into the race gives the evolving campaign its loudest advocate of public servants to date, and perhaps the ...

One Year After Standoff With Armed Militia, BLM Employees Still Feel Vulnerable

April 10, 2015 One year ago, ranchers and small government advocates flocked to Nevada and taught the federal bureaucracy a lesson. What that lesson turned out to be is anybody’s guess. That is because the Bureau of Land Management has remained “tucked tightly in a fetal position” after armed militia members forced the ...

Social Security Doles Out More Than $500K to Sexual Predators

April 9, 2015 The Social Security Administration has paid more than $500,000 in benefits to sexual predators in recent years, according to a new report. In 1999, a new law was enacted that prevented SSA from providing any benefits to individuals held in institutions as “sexually dangerous persons.” The agency’s inspector general found ...