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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Pentagon Begins Enrolling Civilians in New Personnel System

April 1, 2016 The Pentagon began evaluating thousands of employees' job performance on a new system Friday, the first step in a massive overhaul of performance management across the Defense Department. Defense rolled out to about 14,000 employees the first phase of its New Beginnings system, which will eventually change the appraisal process...

USPS Continues to Miss Delivery Goals, and It’s Getting Worse

March 31, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service failed to meet its service performance targets for a majority of its offerings last year, according to a new report, adding yet another setback for the agency as it attempts to right-size its operations to match the shrinking mailing market. USPS performance actually dipped for most...

How a Deadlocked Supreme Court Provided a Major Boost to Federal Employee Unions

March 30, 2016 Federal employees may have scored an unforeseen victory in a split Supreme Court decision announced Tuesday, which on its face only impacted public sector groups at the state and local level. The deadlocked four-four vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association will leave intact a decision by a lower court,...

Federal Employee Union Endorses Donald Trump

March 30, 2016 This story has been updated with a statement from Donald Trump. A federal employee union representing more than 16,000 workers on Wednesday became the first such group to endorse Donald Trump for president, breaking from both its own tradition and the support offered by its parent organization. The National Border...

Advice From Women Who Made It to the Top

March 29, 2016 Music from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper and Katy Perry blasted from the speakers in an Office of Personnel Management auditorium on Monday, where more than 100 women from inside and outside government gathered, waiting to be inspired. OPM organized the event to showcase successful stories of women...

How Poor Pay and Bad Planning Has Led to Diminished Medical Care for Federal Prisoners

March 28, 2016 Medical care provided by the government to inmates at federal prisons is suffering due to poor planning and insufficient compensation, according to a new report. The Bureau of Prisons has massive shortfalls in its medical staff at facilities across the country, the Justice Department’s inspector found in an audit released...

DHS Allowed Employees to Stay on Paid Leave for Years While It Investigated Misconduct

March 25, 2016 More than 100 Homeland Security Department employees spent more than one year on paid leave while not working between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report, costing DHS nearly $20 million. DHS placed the employees on administrative leave for “personnel matters,” primarily during misconduct investigations but also including fitness...

Defense Department Issues Partial Civilian Hiring Freeze

March 25, 2016 The Defense Department has instituted a hiring freeze in the office of the secretary of Defense and the component agencies reporting directly to it, according to a memorandum circulated by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work last month. The freeze began March 20 at the office of the secretary of Defense,...

House GOP Doubles Down on $300B in Federal Workforce, Pay Cuts

March 24, 2016 House Republicans doubled down on their plan to reduce the nation’s debt on the backs of federal employees, reissuing proposals in their fiscal 2017 budget plan that would dramatically cut the size of the federal workforce, as well as its pay and benefits. In a report on the fiscal 2017...

Utah Lawmakers Look to Strip Federal Land Management Agencies of Law Enforcement Authority

March 23, 2016 Four Republican lawmakers, all from Utah, want to prohibit federal land management agencies from enforcing the law on the lands over which they have jurisdiction. Instead, the legislators would turn law enforcement responsibilities over to local authorities. The Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act would de-federalize law enforcement responsibility on...

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