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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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Lawmaker Encourages Americans to ‘Thank a Fed’

May 7, 2015 When it comes to improving the civil service, Congress generally waits until something breaks, and then makes a haphazard attempt to repair it. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., is looking to change that dynamic by creating the “Thank a Fed” initiative. The long-time federal employee advocate created an email address this...

Pentagon Workers Put Escorts and Casino Bets on DOD Charge Cards

May 7, 2015 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated above that U.S. taxpayers paid for Pentagon employees' spending on casinos and escorts during trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas. The federal government is not financially liable and taxpayer funds are not being used to pay for the misuse, according...

Pentagon Employees Used Government Charge Cards for Gambling and ‘Adult Entertainment’

May 7, 2015 A not-yet-released Defense Department investigation has found civilian and military employees used government charge cards to make more than $1 million in purchases at casinos and to pay for escorts, according to an internal report The Pentagon’s inspector general, as first reported by Politico and confirmed by a department official,...

Obama Demands Agencies Cut Spending by 5 Percent in 2017

May 6, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal agencies will seek 5 percent in discretionary spending cuts in their fiscal 2017 budget proposals compared to the planned funding levels spelled out in their fiscal 2016 requests, under an order from the Obama administration. The cuts should be aimed at ongoing efforts to...

Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

Congress Once Again Tries to Save the Postal Service

May 5, 2015 For each of the last several sessions of Congress, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has committed himself to shepherding a major reform of the U.S. Postal Service to President Obama’s desk. Each effort has fallen short, but his resolve has not waned. In the 114th Congress, Carper is starting from scratch...

How One Lawmaker Wants to Make Feds’ Prescription Drugs Cheaper

May 4, 2015 Stronger oversight of negotiators for federal employees and retirees’ prescription drug benefits would end feds’ overpayment for their medicine, according to a Democratic lawmaker. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has introduced the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Prescription Drug Oversight and Cost Savings Act, which would bring FEHBP enrollees’ drug costs...

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

May 1, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unceremoniously launched his long-shot bid for the presidency on Thursday, becoming the first official opponent to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. As a self-described Socialist-Democrat, Sanders is a staunch advocate for increasing the role of government. In his career in the House and Senate he...

Lawmakers Remind EPA to Fire Porn Watchers, Obvious Bad Apples

April 30, 2015 Lawmakers on Thursday renewed their calls to fire badly behaving federal employees more swiftly, criticizing agency officials for setting a bad example by not doling out severe enough discipline to rule breakers. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on porn watchers and sexual harassers at the Environmental Protection...

Feds Dodge Bullet in Budget Deal, But Sequester Cuts Still Coming

April 30, 2015 Congress’ top budget negotiators struck a deal on Wednesday that avoided spelling out some of the major federal workforce cuts included in previous iterations of the blueprint. The compromise version of the fiscal 2016 blueprint -- which could receive a vote as early as this week -- would not mandate...