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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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Workforce Cuts in House and Senate Budgets, in One Chart

April 3, 2015 In the coming weeks, lawmakers will come together -- or attempt to come together -- on a legislative blueprint with potential to drastically reshape the federal workforce. The House and Senate have each passed their own budget proposals, and neither option paints a particular pretty picture for federal employees. Both...

Despite Upticks, VA Defends Improvements in Wait Times for Care

April 2, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department defended its improvement and newfound transparency in vets’ wait times for care, while taking issue with media reports challenging senior officials’ public testimony. In a blog post Thursday, the Veterans Health Administration interim Undersecretary for Health Carolyn Clancy touted the agency’s initiative to publicly post wait...

DHS Vows to Shield Mid-Level Employees From Congress

April 1, 2015 Homeland Security Department leadership has vowed to keep its mid-level employees out of the limelight and away from congressional inquiry, despite a lawmaker’s subpoena for two Secret Service agents to testify in the House. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the subpoenas...

Indiana Governor Uses Federal Statute to Defend Controversial Law

March 31, 2015 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has come under fire in recent days for signing a law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians in the state. Pence, a Republican, offered an interesting defense of the law in response to the public outcry the law has sparked:...

Bureau of Prisons Wanted Whistleblower to Work from a Converted Jail Cell

March 31, 2015 When the Obama administration in recent years has discussed the federal office of the future, it never mentioned converting former jail cells into workspaces. A jail cell, however, is exactly where the Federal Bureau of Prisons planned to move a whistleblower after she reported malfeasance to the inspector general’s office....

Lawmakers Revive Effort to End Union Work on the Government's Dime

March 30, 2015 Republican lawmakers took aim at a familiar target last week, introducing a bill to strip federal employees of the ability to conduct union work while on the clock at their government jobs. The Federal Employees Accountability Act would prevent federal workers from engaging in “official time,” a practice established in...

Struggling Agencies Turn to Fortune 500 Leaders for Advice on Boosting Employee Morale

March 27, 2015 Agencies struggling with poor morale turned to private-sector business leaders for advice on how to better engage their workforce, during a White House meeting on Friday. Representatives from the Housing and Urban Development and Education departments attended the President’s Management Advisory Board meeting, looking for answers from current and former...

John McCain to Air Force: Fire More Civilians

March 27, 2015 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is very disappointed in the Air Force. The cause of his frustration? The service, McCain said, is not firing enough civilian employees at its headquarters. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman complained in a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James that the service’s boasts...

'No Brainer' Hiring Reform Advances in Congress

March 27, 2015 Some workers join the federal service in a temporary job, hoping they can leverage that opportunity into a permanent job. Oftentimes, however, federal regulations impede employees from moving beyond their temporary role. A House committee sought to change that this week, approving a measure that would ease the process for...

Senate Joins House in Targeting Federal Workforce for Deficit Reduction

March 27, 2015 The Senate early Friday morning narrowly approved a budget resolution that includes cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said when...