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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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Postal Worker Lands Helicopter on U.S. Capitol Grounds to Make Special Mail Delivery

April 15, 2015 This story has been updated. A U.S. Postal Service worker from Florida flew a small helicopter through restricted airspace and onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, where he was promptly arrested. Doug Hughes, the gyrocopter’s pilot, flew his mission with the same goal he had each...

Another Agency Head Asks Congress for More Firing Authority

April 14, 2015 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday relentlessly grilled the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration about the sexual misconduct of her agents and the lack of discipline they received, with several House members questioning her fitness to lead the organization. DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart -- who has...

What a Marco Rubio Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

April 13, 2015 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined the presidential fray on Monday, throwing his name into the race for the White House in 2016. Though Rubio’s time in the federal spotlight is relatively short -- he was first elected to the Senate in 2010 -- he has racked up a fairly long...

What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

April 13, 2015 On Sunday, Hillary Clinton did what everyone seemed to know she would do for quite some time: she officially made herself a candidate for president in the 2016 election. Clinton’s long-awaited foray into the race gives the evolving campaign its loudest advocate of public servants to date, and perhaps the...

One Year After Standoff With Armed Militia, BLM Employees Still Feel Vulnerable

April 10, 2015 One year ago, ranchers and small government advocates flocked to Nevada and taught the federal bureaucracy a lesson. What that lesson turned out to be is anybody’s guess. That is because the Bureau of Land Management has remained “tucked tightly in a fetal position” after armed militia members forced the...

Social Security Doles Out More Than $500K to Sexual Predators

April 9, 2015 The Social Security Administration has paid more than $500,000 in benefits to sexual predators in recent years, according to a new report. In 1999, a new law was enacted that prevented SSA from providing any benefits to individuals held in institutions as “sexually dangerous persons.” The agency’s inspector general found...

Compensation for Cyber-Breach Victims, Parking Perks for 'Special' Feds and More

April 8, 2015 It’s never a good thing to have your private information stolen by miscreants potentially looking to exploit the data. But for employees of the U.S. Postal Service, a widespread breach in fall 2014 came with a small perk: USPS management agreed to pay for one year of free credit monitoring...

What a Rand Paul Presidency Would Mean for Federal Employees

April 7, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced his candidacy for president on Tuesday with a resounding criticism of the federal government and its employees. Paul, known as a Republican with libertarian leanings, spoke of the distrust he and Americans have for their government and the need to restrain it. In his speech...

How Reality-Altering Glasses Could Save the Postal Service Millions

April 6, 2015 In recent years, U.S. Postal Service management and lawmakers have spoken of the need to make changes that “reflect the reality” of a world in which the demand to send mail has diminished. To the USPS inspector general, however, reality could be the very dimension holding the agency back from...

DHS Chief Promises Improvements After Show Blasts ‘Dysfunctional’ Department

April 6, 2015 The Homeland Security Department is a bloated bureaucracy, too large and disparate to effectively manage as one entity. Such was the takeaway from a report on 60 Minutes, the famed news magazine program on CBS. The report focused on a series of interviews with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, who defended...