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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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Slow Federal Hiring Process Will Force FBI to Rely on Contractors Initially to Boost Gun Background Checks

January 20, 2016 Citing the lengthy federal hiring process, the Obama administration will initially rely on contractors to boost its system for conducting background checks of potential gun buyers as required by the president’s recent executive actions. As spelled out in that new policy, the FBI plans to hire 230 new analysts and...

Whistleblower Disclosures Skyrocketed Last Year, Driven by VA Employees

January 19, 2016 When Bob McDonald was sworn in as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, one of his first promises was to protect the employees who aimed to shed a light on waste or wrongdoing within the agency. “At VA, we take whistleblower complaints seriously and will not tolerate retaliation against those...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know About Thursday's GOP Debates

January 14, 2016 Ten Republican candidates for president debated on Thursday evening in South Carolina, the sixth of the 2016 cycle. The main event with the top seven contenders included many ideas to limit the size and scope of the federal government. Here is a breakdown of the discussions involving how the candidates...

How the Government Bungled the Ebola Response

January 14, 2016 “That’s how we stopped the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Our military, our doctors, our development workers -- they were heroic; they set up the platform that then allowed other countries to join in behind us and stamp out that epidemic. Hundreds of thousands, maybe a couple million lives...

Agencies Warned Against Letting Election Season Influence Personnel Decisions

January 13, 2016 The Obama administration warned agencies this week to pay particular attention to federal civil service rules during the presidential election season, and announced a ban on all bonuses for some members of the Senior Executive Service in the second half of 2016. Agencies should root out any efforts by appointees...

Upskirt Photos and Twerking: Sexual Misconduct at the National Park Service

January 12, 2016 A group of National Park Service employees stationed at the Grand Canyon has demonstrated a “long-term pattern” of sexual harassment, according to a new report, with nearly three dozen employees reporting or witnessing inappropriate behavior over the last 15 years. The instances of “discrimination, retaliation and a sexually hostile work...

House Panel Delays Admin Leave Reform Amid Democratic Concerns

January 12, 2016 A House committee on Tuesday debated overhauling the process of placing malfeasant federal employees on paid leave while their conduct is reviewed, but the panel decided against voting on a reform bill to give more time to address Democratic concerns. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and...

House Backs Protections for Federal Interns Against Harassment and Discrimination

January 12, 2016 Interns at federal agencies would no longer fall into a loophole that denies them protections against sexual harassment in the workplace, under a bill approved by the House on Monday. The Federal Intern Protection Act would amend Title V of the U.S. Code -- which governs the federal workforce --...

Oregon Militia Forces Government to Pay More Than $100K a Week to Feds Not Working

January 8, 2016 The militia group occupying a Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon is costing the government tens of thousands of dollars per day, as three federal buildings remain closed due to safety concerns. In addition to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility, buildings maintained by the Bureau of Land Management...

Air Force to Cut Civilian Workforce Through Reductions in Force

January 8, 2016 The Air Force will soon begin issuing reductions in force to 1,000 civilian employees, the service announced this week. A 2015 review of Air Force needs identified more than 1,000 “overages” in 48 installations, the military branch said, creating positions that are no longer funded. The agency will attempt to...