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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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How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

December 15, 2014 Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-author of ...

OPM, State Dept. Employees Sent Home as Several D.C. Agencies Experience Power Outage

December 15, 2014 An electrical fire at the Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, D.C., triggered a power outage at several federal agencies Monday, and OPM and State Department workers were dismissed for the day. The fire occurred at 9:15 a.m. in a sub-basement level of the OPM building, and was contained ...

Senate Must Act By Wednesday to Avoid Government Shutdown

December 12, 2014 This story has been updated. After tumultuous debate and last-minute rallying from the White House, the House late Thursday narrowly passed a spending bill to fund most of federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2015. The House, followed by the Senate with limited time to spare before a government ...

Senior Execs’ Bonuses, Performance Reviews Could Soon Come Under Tighter Scrutiny

December 12, 2014 The Obama administration continued its focus on career senior leaders in federal government this week, proposing new regulations to standardize performance management of agencies’ top civil servants. The Office of Personnel Management released on Wednesday a proposed rule to update a three-year-old statute requiring agencies to implement performance standards for ...

Government Agencies Told To Prepare for Another Shutdown

December 11, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget held a conference call Thursday to instruct federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown, according to an OMB official. Congress’ plans to fund agencies past Thursday were in flux as of Thursday afternoon, with most Democrats and many Republicans vowing to oppose ...

OMB Tells Agencies to Prepare for Possible Shutdown

December 11, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget held a conference call Thursday to instruct federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown, according to an OMB official. Congress’ plans to fund agencies past Thursday were in flux as of Thursday afternoon, with most Democrats and many Republicans vowing to oppose ...

Federal Employees Honored in Time's 'Person of the Year'

December 11, 2014 Think all the rhetoric toward federal employees is negative and inflammatory? Well, you’re mostly right. But in a rare exception, some federal employees were recognized in Time’s Person of the Year. The annual recognition went to “Ebola fighters,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes ...

Retirement Wait Times Drop, But OPM Still Falls Short of Goals

December 10, 2014 Lawmakers and stakeholders at a congressional hearing Wednesday praised the Office of Personnel Management for processing federal employees’ retirement claims more quickly, but still chastised the agency for falling short of its own goals. Two OPM officials defended their progress to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s federal workforce ...

Winners and Losers From the Deal to Avoid a Shutdown

December 10, 2014 Federal employees can take a deep sigh of relief, as it appears likely a government shutdown will be avoided. Congressional appropriators struck a deal late Tuesday to fund most federal agencies through September, setting line-by-line spending levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. “More than two months into the ...

President Offers Senior Execs High Praise, But No Bonuses

December 9, 2014 Six years into his presidency, Obama on Tuesday for the first time addressed the career professionals who lead federal agencies. While he lavished high praise, he also tempered prospects for actions to back up that praise. “My message here is simple,” Obama said to kick off his speech. “Thank you. ...