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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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Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

June 28, 2016 House lawmakers earlier this month introduced a measure with bipartisan support to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, and expressed optimism the draft bill would finally clear the hurdles that have prevented similar legislation from becoming law for several years running. The reaction to the proposal, however, does not instill as...

OPM Tells Feds How to Turn Off Those Sex Offender Notifications

June 28, 2016 When more than 20 million individuals had their personal information breached in a hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management in 2015, the government decided it would make things right by offering a suite of protection services to the victims. The benefits included the normal perks for...

Clinton Would Add Tens of Billions to VA Spending, Trump Even More

June 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both proposed increasing spending on the Veterans Affairs Department by at least tens of billions of dollars over 10 years, according to an analysis of each of their plans. Trump’s proposals would come with a much heftier price tag, according to the Committee for...

Federal Employee Advocates Renew Fight for Huge Pay Raise

June 24, 2016 Federal employee advocates are renewing a push for a pay raise more than three times the size of the one proposed by President Obama, saying civil servants’ wages have fallen significantly behind those in the private sector. The Federal-Postal Coalition, a collection of more than 20 unions and associations representing...

Lawmaker: Feds Shouldn't Be Punished for Refusing to Break Rules

June 23, 2016 A lawmaker looking to block a federal court ruling that allows federal agencies to punish employees who refuse to break rules and regulations introduced a measure this week that would block funding to implement the decision. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., put forward his proposal as an amendment to the Fiscal...

Next Shutdown, Feds Can Take Their Government Guns Home With Them

June 23, 2016 President Obama on Wednesday signed into law a measure that will allow federal law enforcement employees to carry their service weapon during a government shutdown or other forced, unpaid time off. Obama signed the 2015 Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act after it cleared the Senate last week. The...

Overspending on Little Things Adds Up to Billions Wasted Across Government

June 22, 2016 Federal agencies are potentially overspending billions of dollars each year by allowing employees to make small purchases on government charge cards instead of using the government's buying power to negotiate discounts, a new report found. The government has no universal policy requiring agencies to analyze their spending to identify common...

Perceptions of Discrimination Still Prevalent at New Financial Regulatory Agency

June 21, 2016 More than two years after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made headlines for alleged biases against minority and female employees, a new audit has found the young agency still has outstanding issues on diversity and inclusion. While CFPB has taken a series of actions to rectify widespread complaints of discrimination...

OPM Seeks Contractor to Help Agencies Hire Disabled Americans

June 17, 2016 The Obama administration is turning to outside help to place more disabled Americans in federal jobs, saying private business can more “efficiently and effectively” recruit the targeted demographic. The contractor will be responsible for finding employees for specific jobs and locations and will help agencies that turn to the Office...

Paul Ryan Calls for New Laws to Restrict Authority of ‘Arrogant’ Federal Bureaucrats

June 16, 2016 The top Republican lawmaker on Thursday unveiled a series of policy initiatives to provide more oversight of federal agencies, employees and their spending habits as part of a broad effort to rein in an “arrogant” federal government. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put forward the latest in a GOP collection...

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