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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Federal Agencies Are Deploying Employees Around the Globe to Fight Zika

August 8, 2016 While funding to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus stalls on Capitol Hill, agencies across the federal government are working at home and abroad to mitigate the threat, including by deploying workers to impacted areas. The Health and Human Services Department has sent more than 100 employees to...

Federal Employment Is Finally Back to Pre-Sequester Levels

August 5, 2016 Federal agencies have started hiring at a significant clip following years of cutting their rolls, bringing total federal employment back to levels not seen since across-the-board budget cuts went into effect. Agencies have added 41,000 employees in the last year, including 3,000 in July. Including the U.S. Postal Service, the...

USPS: Granting Appeal Rights to More Employees is 'Unnecessary'

August 4, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from the Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service is pushing back against an effort from Congress to give more of its employees external appeal rights on negative personnel actions. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, in a recent letter to the House Oversight and...

Can an Agency Plagued by Sexual Harassment Become a Model for Federal Government?

August 3, 2016 The man overseeing U.S. national parks promised this week to reform the way his employees report sexual harassment, saying his agency would become a model for the rest of government after being plagued by years of alleged misconduct. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced his agency is creating a...

Agencies Aren't Sure How Much They Are Saving By Letting Employees Telework

August 2, 2016 Federal agencies cannot assess the value of allowing employees to telework, according to a new report, as they do not collect data on all the benefits or costs involved in letting staff work remotely. The Office of Personnel Management should issue guidance informing agencies how to identify the net savings...

Justice, IG Launch Criminal Probe Into EPA’s Self-Created Disaster

August 1, 2016 This story has been updated to clarify the timing of the investigation. The Obama administration is investigating whether any federal officials engaged in criminal activity in the buildup to and aftermath of a leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine last year, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic...

Group Proposes $333 Billion in Cuts to Feds’ Pay and Benefits

July 29, 2016 Federal employees are overpaid because the government operates independently of market pressures, according to research from a conservative think tank, which proposed $333 billion in savings over the next decade aimed at federal personnel costs. The Heritage Foundation proposed $26 billion in cuts specifically to federal employees’ pay, which researchers...

Democrats Laud Power of Government, Clinton's Management Skills

July 28, 2016 Last week, Republicans used their national convention to deplore an overly wasteful federal government, promising to root out problematic spending, employees and programs. Democrats have flipped the script this week, extolling the virtues of the government and Hillary Clinton’s ability to lead it. On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton praised...

No One Will Want a Federal Leadership Job After What I've Been Through, IRS Chief Warns

July 28, 2016 A man who has spent decades in and out of government is worried the recent Republican crusade against him will discourage others from following in his footsteps, potentially viewing his professional arc as a cautionary tale of the perils of public service. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said in...

Feds Can Ride Uber on the Government's Dime, Obama Administration Decides

July 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration issued guidance Wednesday clarifying federal agencies should reimburse employees who use ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for any travel on official business, effective immediately. The General Services Administration issued a bulletin on the Federal Travel Regulation, cementing a policy many -- but not all -- agencies...

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