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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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Who Would Be Forced to Work During a DHS Shutdown?

February 20, 2015 If the Homeland Security Department is forced to shut down next week, most of its employees would likely still report to work. In fact, when the government shut down for two weeks in October 2013, 86.4 percent of DHS employees remained on the job. The department’s plans are being tweaked...

IRS Paid Identity Thieves $5.8 Billion in 2013, Blames Budget Cuts

February 19, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service doled out nearly $6 billion in tax returns to identity thieves in 2013, according to a new report, and the agency cited budget cuts as a reason it couldn’t conduct better oversight. IRS paid out about one in five returns filed by identity thieves in the...

Despite Scandal, the VA Has Actually Fired Very Few for Misconduct

February 19, 2015 Despite being entangled in a scandal involving malfeasant employees for much of the year, the Veterans Affairs Department fired about half the number of workers in 2014 than it did the previous year, according to agency and other federal data. VA terminated about 1,100 employees last calendar year, the agency...

Despite Scandal, VA Firings Nosedived in 2014

February 18, 2015 Despite being entangled in a scandal involving malfeasant employees for much of the year, the Veterans Affairs Department fired about half the number of workers in 2014 than it did the previous year, according to agency and other federal data. VA terminated about 1,100 employees last calendar year, the agency...

Transit Benefits, Cutting Contractor Pay, Collective Bargaining and More

February 18, 2015 Federal worker compensation is facing a pair of Kings. No, this is not referring to a poker game. After all, the Office of Government Ethics prohibits feds from gambling while on the job. Instead, two lawmakers -- both named King -- have introduced measures that affect federal pay and benefits....

Postal Groups’ New Lethal Weapon? Danny Glover

February 17, 2015 Labor unions and other stakeholder groups have long fought to preserve the U.S. Postal Service. While their efforts have failed to prevent reduced hours, network consolidations and workforce cuts, they remain determined to rally against modernization initiatives they say would permanently debilitate the institution. Now, in addition to mobilizing a...

Embattled Secret Service Spent Just 25 Minutes Training the Average Officer in 2013

February 12, 2015 An independent panel investigating the recent failures of the Secret Service told Congress on Thursday that agents were trained at “unacceptable” levels, drawing outrage from lawmakers who mostly agreed on the need to overhaul the agency. The panel, which issued its initial findings in December, told members of the House...

Obama: Progress on Ebola Proves the Need to Invest in the Federal Workforce

February 11, 2015 President Obama on Wednesday celebrated the progress the international community has made in combatting the spread of Ebola, highlighting in particular the work of the U.S. government and federal employees. All told, 3,500 civilian federal workers from the Defense Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service...

House Votes to Bolster Airport Security, Reduce Pay for Many TSA Agents

February 10, 2015 The House approved two measures on Tuesday to improve the Transportation Security Administration’s emergency preparedness and its law enforcement capabilities, including a provision that could strip some agents of bonus compensation. The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act would reclassify employees in the inspection office who do not spend a...

'Rude' Postal Employees Could Cost USPS $300 Million This Year

February 10, 2015 “Rude” employees at U.S. Postal Service locations could cost the cash-strapped agency nearly $300 million in fiscal 2015, according to a report. The USPS inspector general said in an audit released last week that negative customer feedback increased 9 percent from fiscal years 2012 to 2013. Overall, 20 percent of...