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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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Republicans Aim to Stop Agencies from ‘Blindly Filling Empty Desks’

January 22, 2015 Federal agencies shed nearly 100,000 positions from their rolls over the last two years, but a pair of Republican lawmakers wants them to go way further. Reps. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., this week introduced the Federal Workforce Through Attrition Act, which would require a 10 percent reduction...

Hiring and Firing: Why Agencies Need To Do Better

January 21, 2015 The federal government is the largest employer in the world, with roughly 2 million civilian employees all over the globe. While nobody expects a seamless personnel operation on such a scale, the processes for hiring and firing employees are riddled with complex regulations and confusion over how to apply rules...

Republican Lawmakers Try Again To Cut 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

January 21, 2015 A group of Republican lawmakers has once again proposed slashing the civilian workforce at the Defense Department by 15 percent, a move they estimate will save $82.5 billion over five years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut more than 115,000 jobs from...

Around Government

January 21, 2015 What a Long, Strange Route It’s Been Patrick Donahoe strived to be the Postal Service’s bridge over troubled waters. By Eric Katz Nearly every time Patrick Donahoe makes a public appearance, he asks those who are listening to raise their hands if they still pay their bills through the mail....

Can't Hire, Can't Fire

January 21, 2015 Hiring USAJobs, the government’s online warehouse of job vacancies, is still difficult to navigate and lacks sophisticated search capabilities to help applicants find positions that meet their interests and qualifications. Recruiting and hiring tools, including veterans’ preference, Pathways, and the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program, are innovative. But they’ve become...

State of the Union: The Message for Feds

January 20, 2015 10:10 p.m. It's a wrap. "A brighter future is ours to write," Obama says. 9:58 p.m. Obama is now speaking about the National Security Agency and other federal offices that have come under fire for their surveillance of American and foreign citizens: “As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard,...

Most Agency Heads Didn’t Really Have MLK Day Off

January 20, 2015 While most federal employees were enjoying their day off Monday, their top bosses were hard at work. Federal offices were closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but agency heads embraced the spirit of the holiday by putting in some community service hours. MLK Day is “an opportunity...

Republican Lawmakers Again Propose Slashing 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

January 20, 2015 A group of Republican lawmakers has once again proposed slashing the civilian workforce at the Defense Department by 15 percent, a move they estimate will save $82.5 billion over five years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut more than 115,000 jobs from...

New Oversight Chairman Replaces Issa Portrait With Photos of Postal Workers

January 16, 2015 The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has taken steps to distance himself from the panel’s previous leadership. Apparently, Chaffetz meant that not just philosophically, but physically as well. The Republican lawmaker announced this week he would remove a portrait of Rep....

Lawmakers Call Postal Reform a Priority, But Familiar Battle Lines Are Already Being Drawn

January 16, 2015 Oversight leaders in the new Congress have promised a renewed focus on reforming the U.S. Postal Service, but the usual obstacles are already taking shape. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a resolution calling on the Postal Service to “take all appropriate measures” to continue to...