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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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Americans Think Feds Are Doing More Harm Than Good for Local Cops

March 19, 2015 Just 15 percent of the American voting population thinks federal agencies make it easier for local police to do their jobs, according to a new survey. About four in 10 respondents said federal government involvement actually makes it harder on local police, while 30 percent said feds have no impact,...

Lawmaker: Tie Feds' Pay to U.S. Economic Performance So They Have 'Skin in the Game'

March 19, 2015 Federal employee advocates expressed outrage over this week’s House and Senate Republican budget proposals, complaining the plans would effectively cut workers’ pay by requiring them to contribute more toward their retirement. Under a different Republican proposal unveiled last week, certain feds would see significantly larger reductions in pay. Rep. Tom...

Senate Republicans Go After Federal Retirement Benefits, Too

March 18, 2015 Senate Republicans called for cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits in a budget blueprint unveiled Wednesday. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said. The recommendations were...

GOP Budget: Higher Pension Contributions for Feds, Much Lower Spending for Civilian Agencies

March 17, 2015 This story has been updated. House Republicans have once again called on federal employees to contribute more to their retirement, bringing back the effective pay cut in their fiscal 2016 budget blueprint. Following the precedent set by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who no longer sits on the House Budget Committee,...

Union Boss and George W. Bush Deliver Message to Obama: Give Feds a Raise

March 16, 2015 The American Federation of Government Employees has long pestered President Obama to give federal employees a significant pay raise. Given the chance to address the president directly, AFGE National President J. David Cox did not shy away from the opportunity to make the pitch to the president’s face. And in...

Obama Says 'a Few Bad Apples' Not Emblematic of VA Workforce

March 16, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department will soon receive advice and performance monitoring from private-sector and other experts, the agency has announced. The MyVA Advisory Committee will “engage in periodic reviews” to ensure the department follows through on the major reforms put forward by Secretary Bob McDonald last year, VA said. MyVA...

Will Republicans Target Feds With a Return to the Ryan Budget?

March 13, 2015 When Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., stepped down as head of the House Budget Committee this year, federal employees likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief. During his four-year tenure as the panel’s chairman, Ryan laid out several blueprints for the government’s budget. They attempted to eliminate the federal deficit, which...

Whistleblowers Help Save Nearly $100M Through Flagging Overtime Abuses at DHS

March 12, 2015 Outcry from whistleblowers has prompted real change at the Homeland Security Department in recent months, according to a new report, which found changes in overtime policy led to nearly $84 million in savings in 2014. DHS has de-authorized the use of “administratively uncontrollable overtime” for 2,300 employees since reports of...

Around Government

March 12, 2015 Disappearing Act For Congress’ next routine, lawmakers could make even more federal jobs vanish. By Eric Katz The federal workforce is shrinking. That applies in raw numbers and relative to the rest of the nation’s workforce. As President Obama spelled out in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal, the security portion...

Mailing Groups Cautiously Optimistic New Postal Leadership Will Stop All the Fighting

March 11, 2015 Following an administration marked by visceral bickering and severe disagreement, the new leader of the U.S. Postal Service has pledged to repair relations between agency management and stakeholders. Newly sworn in Postmaster General Megan Brennan said she wants to work more closely with unions and mailers to bridge the chasm...