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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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Bureau of Prisons Wanted Whistleblower to Work from a Converted Jail Cell

March 31, 2015 When the Obama administration in recent years has discussed the federal office of the future, it never mentioned converting former jail cells into workspaces. A jail cell, however, is exactly where the Federal Bureau of Prisons planned to move a whistleblower after she reported malfeasance to the inspector general’s office....

Lawmakers Revive Effort to End Union Work on the Government's Dime

March 30, 2015 Republican lawmakers took aim at a familiar target last week, introducing a bill to strip federal employees of the ability to conduct union work while on the clock at their government jobs. The Federal Employees Accountability Act would prevent federal workers from engaging in “official time,” a practice established in...

Struggling Agencies Turn to Fortune 500 Leaders for Advice on Boosting Employee Morale

March 27, 2015 Agencies struggling with poor morale turned to private-sector business leaders for advice on how to better engage their workforce, during a White House meeting on Friday. Representatives from the Housing and Urban Development and Education departments attended the President’s Management Advisory Board meeting, looking for answers from current and former...

John McCain to Air Force: Fire More Civilians

March 27, 2015 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is very disappointed in the Air Force. The cause of his frustration? The service, McCain said, is not firing enough civilian employees at its headquarters. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman complained in a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James that the service’s boasts...

'No Brainer' Hiring Reform Advances in Congress

March 27, 2015 Some workers join the federal service in a temporary job, hoping they can leverage that opportunity into a permanent job. Oftentimes, however, federal regulations impede employees from moving beyond their temporary role. A House committee sought to change that this week, approving a measure that would ease the process for...

Senate Joins House in Targeting Federal Workforce for Deficit Reduction

March 27, 2015 The Senate early Friday morning narrowly approved a budget resolution that includes cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said when...

John McCain Tells the Air Force to Fire More Civilians

March 26, 2015 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is very disappointed in the Air Force. The cause of his frustration? The service, McCain said, is not firing enough civilian employees at its headquarters. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman complained in a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James that the service’s boasts...

House Approves Budget That Cuts Agency Spending and Employee Compensation

March 25, 2015 The House on Wednesday evening approved 228-199 a budget resolution that would drastically reduce spending at non-Defense federal agencies and cut compensation for federal workers and retirees. The budget would increase federal employees’ contributions to their pensions, effectively resulting in a pay cut of between 2 percent and 5 percent....

Future of the Postal Service: End the Monopoly or Grow New Business?

March 25, 2015 Postal experts and economists sparred at a panel discussion Wednesday over whether the cure to what ails the U.S. Postal Service is more competition or new streams of revenue. David Williams, USPS’ inspector general, was a strong advocate for growing postal services, calling for postal expansion in areas ranging from...

Lawmakers Threaten New Secret Service Chief's Job, Tell Him to Fire More Agents

March 24, 2015 The new chief of the Secret Service answered a barrage of aggressive questions from lawmakers at a House hearing Tuesday while attempting to explain the recent string of incidents involving apparent employee malfeasance and agency failures. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members from both parties stressed the need to...