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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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Lawmakers: Give Obama What He Wants to Avoid Shutdown

September 11, 2015 Several Democrats have an idea to stave off the looming government shutdown: give President Obama exactly what he wants. A new bill would call for negotiations to raise the spending caps established by the 2011 Budget Control Act with corresponding offsets. If those efforts failed, however, the measure would automatically...

Scott Walker Has a Plan to Cripple Federal Employee Unions

September 11, 2015 Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a name for himself battling public-sector unions, and now he wants to take that fight to the federal level. During a speech in Illinois Thursday, Walker said he would take on federal employee labor groups on his first day in office....

Registered Lobbyist Earned $143K Federal Salary for 4-Hour Government Work Week

September 10, 2015 A registered lobbyist and an employee at an obscure independent federal agency collected a six-figure government salary while working just four hours per week on official business, according a congressional inquiry sent to the agency. The Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad knew about the lax work schedule...

Government Employees Like Their Job Perks Way More Than Private Sector Workers

September 10, 2015 Government workers are much more satisfied with their workplace perks than their private sector counterparts, according to a new poll. A Gallup survey found happiness with retirement packages represented the largest disparity between public and private sector workers. More than eight in 10 government employees were completely or somewhat satisfied...

A Federal Employee Pay Cut Even Republicans Are Outraged About

September 9, 2015 In recent years, congressional Republicans have been better known for their proposals to cut federal employees’ compensation than for their attempts to boost it. Some typical crusaders against increased spending in government, however, were outraged about a Obama administration plan to cut pay for certain feds. The State Department recently...

As Congress Returns, a Shutdown Isn’t the Only Threat Feds Face

September 8, 2015 Congress returned from its annual summer recess on Tuesday, facing a familiar threat: the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the month. For federal employees and their labor groups, avoiding the forced furloughs and delayed paychecks that can accompany an appropriations lapse is priority No. 1. However,...

The Defense Department Is Not Training Military Personnel to Be Ethical

September 4, 2015 The Defense Department has not established appropriate training or measurements to ensure military personnel are acting in an ethical and professional manner, a new audit has found. The Pentagon has taken some preliminary steps to hold its employees to higher ethical standards, the Government Accountability Office said in its report,...

The Race to Eliminate Agencies, and Other Ideas From Presidential Candidates

September 4, 2015 It has become common presidential campaign theater to threaten to eliminate federal departments. Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, famously forgot which three agencies he would do away with in a debate during the 2012 cycle. Candidates have carried on the tradition in the 2016 race. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would...

How Government Techies Can Usher in the Next Generation of Federal Workers

September 3, 2015 The federal government is applying its technology experts to fix what ails its workforce. How can a team of engineers, designers and developers improve morale and build “the next generation federal workforce,” as the General Service’s Administration’s 18F team claimed it will do in a blog post this week? To...

Obama Gives New Role to Federal Agency Once Deemed Useless by Its Own IG

September 2, 2015 Getting rid of federal agencies that have outlived their original purposes has proved extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, in recent U.S. history. It appears President Obama has decided it is easier to instead give one such agency a new mission. The Denali Commission, an independent federal agency viewed by many...