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: Feds Shouldn't Be Punished for Refusing to Break Rules

June 23, 2016 A lawmaker looking to block a federal court ruling that allows federal agencies to punish employees who refuse to break rules and regulations introduced a measure this week that would block funding to implement the decision. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., put forward his proposal as an amendment to the Fiscal...

Next Shutdown, Feds Can Take Their Government Guns Home With Them

June 23, 2016 President Obama on Wednesday signed into law a measure that will allow federal law enforcement employees to carry their service weapon during a government shutdown or other forced, unpaid time off. Obama signed the 2015 Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act after it cleared the Senate last week. The...

Overspending on Little Things Adds Up to Billions Wasted Across Government

June 22, 2016 Federal agencies are potentially overspending billions of dollars each year by allowing employees to make small purchases on government charge cards instead of using the government's buying power to negotiate discounts, a new report found. The government has no universal policy requiring agencies to analyze their spending to identify common...

Perceptions of Discrimination Still Prevalent at New Financial Regulatory Agency

June 21, 2016 More than two years after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made headlines for alleged biases against minority and female employees, a new audit has found the young agency still has outstanding issues on diversity and inclusion. While CFPB has taken a series of actions to rectify widespread complaints of discrimination...

OPM Seeks Contractor to Help Agencies Hire Disabled Americans

June 17, 2016 The Obama administration is turning to outside help to place more disabled Americans in federal jobs, saying private business can more “efficiently and effectively” recruit the targeted demographic. The contractor will be responsible for finding employees for specific jobs and locations and will help agencies that turn to the Office...

Paul Ryan Calls for New Laws to Restrict Authority of ‘Arrogant’ Federal Bureaucrats

June 16, 2016 The top Republican lawmaker on Thursday unveiled a series of policy initiatives to provide more oversight of federal agencies, employees and their spending habits as part of a broad effort to rein in an “arrogant” federal government. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put forward the latest in a GOP collection...

Bipartisan House Leaders Introduce New Proposal to Overhaul the Postal Service

June 15, 2016 House leaders with oversight of the U.S. Postal Service introduced bipartisan draft legislation on Wednesday to overhaul the mailing agency, expressing confidence their measure would finally push Congress to pass a bill that has eluded it for nearly 10 years. The 2016 Postal Service Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Jason...

NPS Chief Asks for More Firing Authority as Lawmakers Deride Agency for Employing ‘Scum’

June 14, 2016 Add the National Park Service to the list. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis joined the growing ranks of agency heads across government asking for more firing authority. “I would certainly appreciate the willingness of the committee to work with us on some reform in this...

Senate Looks Likely to Support Easier Outsourcing at the Pentagon

June 13, 2016 Lawmakers and federal employee advocates are pushing back against legislation that would ease the process of outsourcing at the Defense Department, but so far have made little progress in maintaining an obstacle to contracting out government functions in place since 2010. A provision of the annual Defense Department authorization bill...

Federal Court: Agencies Can Punish Employees for Refusing to Break Rules

June 10, 2016 The State Department acted properly when it punished an employee for refusing to carry out a rule-breaking assignment, a federal court has decided, setting a new precedent in the federal workforce. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a ruling originally determined by the Merit Systems Protection Board in Rainey v....

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