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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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House Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Fire All Senior Executive Service Employees

July 23, 2014 House Republicans have put forward a new measure to ease the disciplining and firing of senior executives across government, saying the measure will bring increased accountability to agencies’ top career employees. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act -- introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and cosponsored by House Oversight and ...

Would Bringing SSA Into the 21st Century Kill 30,000 Jobs?

July 23, 2014 The Social Security Administration should consolidate its network of field offices and rely more heavily on automated and digital avenues for providing customer service, according to a new report that a union says would mean massive job cuts. The National Academy of Public Administration -- a congressionally chartered organization -- ...

House Approves Bill to Reduce Pay for Many TSA Agents

July 22, 2014 The House on Tuesday approved a measure to strip many Transportation Security Administration employees of a designation qualifying them for additional compensation. The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., would reclassify personnel in the Office of Inspection as non-law enforcement workers. As law enforcement ...

Agencies and Union Square Off Over Outsourcing Plans

July 22, 2014 The National Park Service and the Coast Guard say they will hire contractors for positions typically filled by civilian employees, something a federal union says is illegal. Both agencies say they are within their legal rights. Under federal law, agencies are prohibited from contracting out certain functions performed by civilian ...

Obama Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT Feds and Contractors

July 21, 2014 President Obama on Monday signed two executive orders to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal contractors and employees from workplace discrimination. The first order expands upon a memorandum issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating “against any employee or applicant for employment because ...

One Lawmaker’s Crusade to Green the Federal Fleet

July 18, 2014 The federal government maintains the largest fleet of vehicles of any organization in the nation. One congressman sees that as an opportunity. Over the last few years, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., has introduced the same amendment to virtually every appropriations bill to make it to the House floor. The measure ...

House Tries to Bait OMB Into Submitting Annual Budget Proposal Faster

July 17, 2014 Each year, the president is required to deliver a budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. For the last several years running, however, President Obama has delivered his proposal from one to several weeks late. To House Republicans, this is unacceptable. Tucked away in the 2015 Financial ...

Senator Wants to Ensure People Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers Get Fired

July 17, 2014 Members of Congress want to fire more federal employees. From tax delinquents to Veterans Affairs Department senior executives to workers who do not solve audited problems, lawmakers have made clear they think more feds deserve pink slips. The latest measure, introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., would require VA to ...

House OKs Bill Allowing 1 Percent Pay Raise, Despite Obama Veto Threat

July 16, 2014 A spending bill that would pave the way for a 1 percent, across-the-board pay raise for federal employees, but would also dramatically slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies, cleared the House Wednesday in a mostly party-line vote. The legislation is far from becoming law, however; even ...

Here Are All the Ways Congress Is Trying to Fix the VA

July 16, 2014 After the Veterans Affairs Department scandal broke back in May, there were a lot of proposals to fix the agency, and there was a bipartisan push to make the changes a reality. But in the weeks and months since, that momentum has slowed amid international, border and funding crises. Still, ...