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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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House Tries to Bait OMB Into Submitting Annual Budget Proposal Faster

July 17, 2014 Each year, the president is required to deliver a budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. For the last several years running, however, President Obama has delivered his proposal from one to several weeks late. To House Republicans, this is unacceptable. Tucked away in the 2015 Financial ...

Senator Wants to Ensure People Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers Get Fired

July 17, 2014 Members of Congress want to fire more federal employees. From tax delinquents to Veterans Affairs Department senior executives to workers who do not solve audited problems, lawmakers have made clear they think more feds deserve pink slips. The latest measure, introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., would require VA to ...

House OKs Bill Allowing 1 Percent Pay Raise, Despite Obama Veto Threat

July 16, 2014 A spending bill that would pave the way for a 1 percent, across-the-board pay raise for federal employees, but would also dramatically slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies, cleared the House Wednesday in a mostly party-line vote. The legislation is far from becoming law, however; even ...

Here Are All the Ways Congress Is Trying to Fix the VA

July 16, 2014 After the Veterans Affairs Department scandal broke back in May, there were a lot of proposals to fix the agency, and there was a bipartisan push to make the changes a reality. But in the weeks and months since, that momentum has slowed amid international, border and funding crises. Still, ...

UPDATED: One Chart Tracking the Many Ways Congress Wants to Fix VA

July 16, 2014 After the Veterans Affairs Department scandal broke back in May, there were a lot of proposals to fix the agency, and there was a bipartisan push to make the changes a reality. But in the weeks and months since, that momentum has slowed amid international, border and funding crises. Still, ...

Almost Everyone Agrees It’s Time to Overhaul the Federal Pay System

July 15, 2014 From Democrats to Republicans and administration officials to independent auditors, everyone seems to agree the current General Schedule pay system is extremely outdated and an overhaul of federal employees’ compensation is in order. While admitting there is a problem is always the first step, actually solving it remains as elusive ...

The Air Force Is Offering Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...

Air Force to Offer Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...

Too Many Senior Executives Receive Bonuses, Lawmakers Say

July 11, 2014 Lawmakers continued their assault on senior federal executives at a hearing Friday, calling for tighter oversight and increased discipline for agencies’ top managers. Members of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee panel with jurisdiction over the federal workforce repeatedly pointed to the high number of Senior Executive Service employees ...

Issa's Last Ditch Effort to Eliminate Saturday Mail Delivery Falls Short

July 10, 2014 A Republican lawmaker made a final stand this week to strike down legislative language requiring mail delivery six days per week, but his efforts ultimately fell short. Rep. Darrell Issa., R-Calif., wrote a letter to the House Rules Committee stating an appropriations bill containing a rider on postal policy was ...