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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Here’s How Agencies Across the Federal Government Have Responded to Flint

May 4, 2016 As President Obama visited Flint, Mich., Wednesday, the White House defended the sometimes-criticized federal response to the water crisis that has involved nearly a dozen federal agencies. Republicans in Congress have blamed the Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to adequately warn Flint residents of unsafe levels of contaminants in...

Could OPM's Latest Hiring Initiative Actually Make a Difference?

May 3, 2016 Once again, the Office of Personnel Management thinks it has found the cure for what ails federal hiring. For its recently launched Hiring Excellence campaign, OPM is traveling across the country to work with agency supervisors to teach them how to hire more efficiently and effectively. The divide between human...

OMB to Agencies: Craft Transition Materials, Not New Budget

May 2, 2016 Federal agencies’ budget planners will spend their last months under President Obama preparing for their transition to the next administration rather than crafting funding requests, the president’s top budget official directed in a memorandum last week. OMB Director Shaun Donovan instructed agencies to prepare a “complete current services baseline” rather...

Obama to ‘Selfless’ Feds: I Appreciate You, Even if No One Else Does

May 2, 2016 President Obama wants federal employees to know that even if no one else supports them, he does. In a presidential proclamation formally establishing 2016’s Public Service Recognition Week, the nation’s top federal worker noted the sacrifice of his fellow government employees. He added their jobs are not made easier by...

Obama Issues New Regulation to Ease Federal Hiring of Former Criminals

April 29, 2016 The Obama administration will propose on Monday new regulations prohibiting federal agencies from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. OPM’s proposed rule will -- with certain exceptions -- ban agencies from issuing any forms...

Obama Seeks to Boost Federal Employees' Use of Student Loan Repayment Benefit

April 28, 2016 President Obama on Thursday instructed federal agencies to do a better job of alerting their employees to options for government-sponsored student loan repayment. The White House asked the Office of Personnel Management to “coordinate an interagency effort” to give federal workers information on student loan programs available to public service...

Limits on Feds' Bonuses and Leave Included in Senate’s New Government Reform Package

April 28, 2016 A Senate committee is planning to move a slew of government reform proposals en bloc, paving the way for limits on some federal employees’ bonuses and leave. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced at a hearing Wednesday his intention to lump...

Cruz-Fiorina Ticket United in Cutting Federal Jobs, Pay

April 27, 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, saw the window of opportunity for him to become president closing, and decided to take one last shot. That shot, it turned out, was aimed directly at federal employees. Cruz tapped former Hewlett Packard executive and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Throughout her campaign, Fiorina made...

Are TSA Leaders the ‘Biggest Bullies in Government?'

April 27, 2016 A toxic culture and poor management are causing a mass exodus of Transportation Security Administration employees, lawmakers and agency whistleblowers said during a congressional hearing Wednesday. Senior leadership at the agency has made a practice of hiring managers with no experience and few skills, three TSA employees told members of...

House Approves Administrative Leave Overhaul

April 26, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to overhaul the administrative leave process, approving a bill to make it more difficult for agencies to place employees on indefinite, paid, non-duty status while they are under investigation. The Administrative Leave Reform Act, which won bipartisan support, would hinder an agency’s ability to...

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