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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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As New Postal Leader Takes Charge, Obama Calls for Major USPS Reforms

February 3, 2015 President Obama renewed his longstanding call to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2016 budget, saying the agency must be reformed to ensure its future viability. Just one day after the Postal Service swore in its new postmaster general -- Megan Brennan -- Obama called for sweeping changes...

Obama’s Budget Message to Feds: ‘I Have Your Back’

February 2, 2015 President Obama called for a total overhaul of the federal civil service system in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal, deriding the current structure as an antiquated relic of generations past. In a section of his budget blueprint labeled as his plan for “strengthening the federal workforce,” Obama said federal employees...

White House Requests Modest Pay Increase for Troops and Civilians

February 2, 2015 President Obama called for a 1.3 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees and military members in his fiscal 2016 budget request released Monday. The raise will help the federal government "remain competitive in attracting and retaining a high caliber workforce," the proposal stated. This marks the highest such pay...

White House Seeks 1.3 Percent Pay Raise for Civilians, Troops

February 2, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama called for a 1.3 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees and military members in his fiscal 2016 budget request released Monday. The raise will help the federal government "remain competitive in attracting and retaining a high caliber workforce," the proposal stated. This...

Bill Targets Federal Employees' Bonuses – Yet Again

January 30, 2015 For years, lawmakers have looked for ways to decrease monetary bonuses for federal employees. To date, their efforts have borne little fruit. That does not mean they are going to stop trying, however. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has introduced the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, which would prohibit agencies from...

Obama’s Budget Will Soar Way Above Sequestration Spending Caps

January 29, 2015 President Obama will seek to reverse the spending caps created by sequestration in his fiscal 2016 budget, according to a White House official, proposing to spend roughly $74 billion more than the current statutory limits. Overall, Obama will propose raising spending levels about 7 percent higher than those spelled out...

The Real Implications of a Homeland Security Shutdown

January 29, 2015 Senate Republicans promised to take up funding the Homeland Security Department next week, but the path to reach a passable appropriations measure remains unclear with less than one month until the agency will be forced to shut down. Nearly the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate signed a letter to...

Would a DHS Shutdown Mark the 'Height of Irresponsibility?'

January 28, 2015 Senate Republicans promised to take up funding the Homeland Security Department next week, but the path to reach a passable appropriations measure remains unclear with less than one month until the agency will be forced to shut down. Nearly the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate signed a letter to...

Lawmakers Bicker Over Treatment of Feds in First Oversight Committee Meeting

January 27, 2015 The House panel with primary oversight of the federal workforce and agency operations got off to a contentious start in its first meeting Tuesday, with nominal calls for bipartisanship overshadowed by political bickering. Largely at issue was the process for subpoenaing individuals to testify before the committee and agencies to...

Senator Looks to Keystone Bill to Stop Postal Facility Closures

January 27, 2015 The Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the most politically contentious issues facing the country over the past several years, and it could soon get even more controversial. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has introduced an amendment to the Senate bill to approve the pipeline -- which has consumed nearly...