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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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Secret Service Agent's Gun, Badge Stolen From Vehicle

December 22, 2015 The Secret Service has endured its fair share of scandals in 2015, and it seems it will end the year with at least one more. The agency filed a police report on Monday in Washington, D.C., after an agent’s gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen out of...

Hourly Federal Employees Will Receive a Pay Raise Too

December 22, 2015 President Obama’s decree last week to give federal employees a pay raise was not entirely universal. While Congress must simply stay silent to allow the White House to move forward with its desired pay increase (or freeze), the president’s order applies only to the majority of federal workers receiving an...

SES No Longer Accomplishing Its Stated Purpose, Report Finds

December 21, 2015 The federal government’s top civil servants are no longer serving in the role designed for them, according to a new report, leading the executives to receive less training and development than is necessary. There is a significant “divide between the original vision of the [Senior Executive Service] and the practice,”...

Senate Passes Measure to Crack Down on Feds’ Charge Card Abuse

December 18, 2015 The Senate this week voted to tighten controls and increase oversight of federal employees’ use of agency charge cards, taking action after a string of recent reports of abuse. The 2015 Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act, introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.,...

Winners and Losers in the Omnibus Spending Bill

December 17, 2015 Earlier this week, Congress unveiled a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that spells out line-by-line spending levels for federal agencies and each of their programs and offices. Lawmakers are expected to approve the measure Friday. While the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act struck in October that set top-line funding levels for...

Spending Deal Keeps Feds, Troops on Track for 1.3 Percent Raise

December 16, 2015 Federal civilian employees and military service members would receive a 1.3 percent pay raise next year under the fiscal 2016 spending package congressional appropriators unveiled late on Tuesday. The $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which funds federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2016, allows for the 1 percent base pay raise for...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know From Tuesday's Republican Debates

December 15, 2015 Thirteen Republican candidates for president debated on Tuesday evening, the fifth of the 2016 cycle. The main event with the top nine contenders included some surprising positive references to the federal workforce. It also contained several mentions of government overreach. Here is a breakdown of all the discussions involving how...

Feds Likely to Receive First Mass Transit Benefit Boost in Two Years

December 15, 2015 Federal employees who drive to work have received twice the subsidy to park as their mass transit-riding counterparts for two consecutive years, but Congress appears on the verge of changing that for 2016. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the maximum benefit feds could receive for taking public transportation to work was...

USPS Looking for Ways to Sell Its $3.6B Brand to Boost Revenue

December 11, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service’s brand is worth $3.6 billion, a review by the agency’s inspector general found earlier this year, and now the auditor wants USPS to capitalize on it. The IG issued a solicitation this week seeking a contractor to help the auditor determine how the Postal Service could...

As Congress Pushes Back Deadline, Agencies and White House Start Shutdown Prep

December 10, 2015 While Congress took the first step on Thursday in temporarily preventing a government shutdown, federal agencies are not taking any chances and coordinating with the White House to prepare for an appropriations lapse. The Obama administration has been adamant that a shutdown should and likely will be avoided, but has...