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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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Bernie Sanders Addresses Postal Union to Decry USPS Privatization

October 15, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has a louder megaphone than at any point in his political career, and he’s using it to amplify issues he has been talking about for decades. One such issue: the U.S. Postal Service. After the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders stuck around...

Treasury Moves Debt Ceiling Deadline Closer

October 15, 2015 The time for Congress to raise the debt ceiling tightened on Thursday, with the Treasury Department moving the deadline up two days to Nov. 3. In a letter to lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the government’s “projected net resources” have come in below expectations, causing the sooner-than-anticipated date that...

Bill Would Stop IRS From Rehiring Employees It Already Fired for Misconduct

October 14, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service would be prohibited from rehiring employees fired for misconduct, under new bill from a pair of Republican lawmakers. Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act in response to an inspector general report earlier this year finding...

White House Creates New Leadership Group to Help Execute Final Agency Goals

October 14, 2015 President Obama has just 15 months left in office, and he wants to make sure his remaining time controlling the Executive Branch is spent wisely. Federal agencies released their final “priority goals” last week, laying out 92 objectives they will focus on before the next president is sworn in. Office...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know About Tuesday's Democratic Debate

October 13, 2015 After two Republican debates, the five major Democratic candidates took to the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night. They spoke to a wide range of issues over the course of two hours. Here are the (limited) highlights of the discussion of issues that related to reforming the federal...

Disabled Employees in Federal Government Reach All-Time High

October 13, 2015 More individuals with disabilities work for the federal government than in any time in the 34 years agencies have been tracking the statistic, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2014, federal agencies hired nearly 72,000 full-time permanent employees with disabilities. Between fiscal 2013 and...

Look for Lawmakers to Again Target Feds’ Benefits

October 9, 2015 Amid all the tumult in the House, Congress still faces a series of deadlines and must-pass bills, and federal employees' pay and benefits could once again be on the chopping block. The date foremost on the minds of federal workers is Dec. 11, when the current stopgap funding measure will...

House Panel Passes Hiring Reform, Harassment Protections for Federal Interns

October 9, 2015 A House committee on Friday passed a series of bills that included a federal hiring reform measure and new protections from fraud and abuse. At a business meeting that focused primarily on school vouchers in Washington, D.C., the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously agreed to several “commonsense, good...

The Pentagon Has Shed 17 Percent of Security Clearance Holders Since 2013

October 8, 2015 About 3.8 million Defense Department employees and contractors hold security clearances, a 17 percent decrease from 2013 and down 100,000 since 2014. The reduction is part of an ongoing effort by the Obama administration to “minimize risk of access to sensitive information and reduce costs,” according to a new report...

Dems Want Budget Deal Lifting the Sequester Before Boehner Leaves

October 7, 2015 Democratic lawmakers are ramping up the pressure on their Republican counterparts to boost funding for non-defense agencies, and to do it quickly. At a rally at the Capitol Building on Wednesday to end sequestration cuts, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.,...