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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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Actually, the Army Will 'Involuntarily Separate' Officers

April 23, 2014 The Army will in fact lay off at least 2,000 officers to reach its end force goals, a spokesman clarified Wednesday. Government Executive reported on Tuesday that contrary to previous stories, the Army would not have to force anyone out of the service. A spokesman said the Army would instead ...

Actually, the Army Will 'Involuntarily Separate' Officers

April 23, 2014 The Army will in fact lay off at least 2,000 officers to reach its end force goals, a spokesman clarified Wednesday. Government Executive reported on Tuesday that contrary to previous stories, the Army would not have to force anyone out of the service. A spokesman said the Army would instead ...

The IRS Gave $1 Million in Bonuses to Employees Who Didn’t Pay Their Taxes

April 22, 2014 More than 1,100 employees at the Internal Revenue Service received nearly $1.1 million in cash bonuses over two years despite not paying or underreporting their taxes, according to a new report. In total, about 2,800 employees who were involved in misconduct that resulted in disciplinary action received a total of ...

Army Denies It Will Lay Off 3,000 Officers To Meet Force Reduction Goals

April 22, 2014 The Army on Tuesday denied it will have to force anyone out of its service in the coming years, amidst reports it would have to issue reductions in force to thousands of officers. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday the Army will have to force out 3,000 officers to meet ...

Smithsonian Boosts Hipster Credentials to Save Endangered Species

April 22, 2014 The Smithsonian Institution was ranked in 2013 as one of the best places to work in federal government. It makes sense; the agency is largely tasked with maintaining art, curating museums and running zoos. You can now add to that list “makes songs with hipster indie bands.” The Smithsonian Institution’s ...

Army Denies It Will Lay Off 3,000 Officers to Meet Force Reduction Goals

April 22, 2014 The Army on Tuesday denied it will have to force anyone out of its service in the coming years, amidst reports it would have to issue reductions in force to thousands of officers. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday the Army will have to force out 3,000 officers to meet ...

No, the Postal Service Is Not 'Hoarding' Ammunition

April 21, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is buying up a ton of bullets as part of a governmentwide conspiracy to limit the amount of ammunition available to the general public. That would be a great lede. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Conservative websites like Newsmax and Breitbart published stories last week implicitly asserting ...

A Lot of Americans Fear the Federal Government

April 21, 2014 More than one in three voting Americans are afraid of the federal government, according to a recent poll. The survey by Rasmussen Reports found 37 percent of U.S. voters “fear the federal government.” More than half of voters -- 54 percent -- said the federal government is a “threat to ...

The IRS Isn’t Regulating Most of the People You Pay to File Your Taxes

April 18, 2014 A majority of “preparers” who help individuals file their taxes are not regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new report, and they are often putting filers at risk by submitting incorrect returns. Tax preparers are either “enrolled” -- generally meaning they are certified to some degree -- ...

Could an Overhaul to the Federal Giving Drive Do More Harm Than Good?

April 17, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management ignored many complaints lodged by stakeholders in the annual federal employees’ giving drive when it drafted revisions to the campaign’s overhaul, and several lawmakers are not happy about it. The chairmen and ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its federal ...