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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At-Will Employment, Workforce Cuts and Other Bills From Congress’ First Week

January 6, 2017 Lawmakers have wasted no time introducing measures to overhaul the civil service and adjust the size of the federal workforce, putting forward several pieces of legislation in the first week of the 115th Congress to make wide-ranging reforms. Perhaps most notably, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., laid out his plan to...

Federal Employee Appeals Board Can No Longer Decide Appeals

January 5, 2017 Federal employees looking to appeal adverse personnel decisions up the chain will soon have a decision to make: pay up or wait -- indefinitely. The Merit Systems Protection Board lost a functioning central panel this week, with just one Senate-confirmed member still remaining. The resignation of the board's Chairman Susan...

Under New Affirmative Action Rule, Agencies Must Hire More Disabled Workers

January 4, 2017 Federal agencies will have to adopt new plans to hire more disabled individuals and provide more assistance to them at their offices under a new rule from the agency tasked with preventing workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a final rule this week spelling out “Affirmative Action for...

Republicans Expected to Reduce Feds’ Pensions, Outsource More Work

January 4, 2017 Federal employees can expect attempts to cut their pay, benefits and rights in the new Congress, as the unified Republican government looks to finally deliver on many failed efforts from previous years. The 115th Congress wasted no time pursuing legislation with high impacts on the federal workforce; the first bill...

Federal Employee Accountability Bill Is First Approved by House in New Congress

January 3, 2017 The House on Tuesday approved a measure to require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note reprimands in employees’ personnel files, making the accountability measure the first bill the chamber approved in the 115th Congress. The Ensuring VA Accountability Act would mandate that VA keep copies of reprimands and admonishments...

House Makes It Easier to Cut Federal Employees' Pay, Slash Workforce

January 3, 2017 Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a resolution that contains language making it easier for Congress to slash the federal workforce and cut the pay of federal employees. A provision of the Rules for the 115th Congress governing the House of Representatives will enable lawmakers to reduce the number of federal workers...

Trump Says Transition Is No Longer Going Smoothly

December 28, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday his transition into power is no longer going smoothly, accusing President Obama of sabotaging his efforts to take over the executive branch. In a tweet, Trump said he previously thought it was going to be a “smooth transition,” but Obama was now throwing up...

Obama Administration Makes Long-Desired Change to Postal Service Pensions

December 23, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service could finally have its payments into the federal employee pension account calculated using assumptions from its workforce specifically, rather than the federal workforce as a whole, which has long been a sticking point at the mailing agency. USPS leadership has for years argued its payments into...

Federal Watchdog Warns Trump Not to 'Chill' Feds From Doing Work

December 23, 2016 An independent federal agency tasked with protecting federal employees against retaliation and other civil service violations warned the incoming Trump administration not to place a chilling effect on government workers attempting to do their jobs. The Office of Special Counsel issued the warning in a letter to Democratic senators, obtained...

Senator Asks Agencies If Trump Transition Is Meddling in Ethics Investigations

December 22, 2016 A key senator has sent a letter to 17 federal agencies asking for details of their efforts to identify potential conflicts of interest with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees, reminding agency officials they are subject to criminal penalties if they violate requirements. Unlike Trump himself, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., cabinet...

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