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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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March 12, 2015 Disappearing Act For Congress’ next routine, lawmakers could make even more federal jobs vanish. By Eric Katz The federal workforce is shrinking. That applies in raw numbers and relative to the rest of the nation’s workforce. As President Obama spelled out in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal, the security portion...

Mailing Groups Cautiously Optimistic New Postal Leadership Will Stop All the Fighting

March 11, 2015 Following an administration marked by visceral bickering and severe disagreement, the new leader of the U.S. Postal Service has pledged to repair relations between agency management and stakeholders. Newly sworn in Postmaster General Megan Brennan said she wants to work more closely with unions and mailers to bridge the chasm...

More Feds Are ‘Thriving’ Financially Than Average Workers, Survey Finds

March 10, 2015 Most federal employee groups say their members are weary, suffering from repeated sacrifices and low morale. According to one survey, however, federal workers are “thriving.” Gallup recently found 44 percent of the federal workforce maintains a financial well-being that is “strong and consistent,” 10 percentage points higher than the rest...

How the Government Plans to Revamp USAJOBS and Make Federal Service 'Hip'

March 9, 2015 Federal officials on Monday announced plans to reshape government hiring and employee engagement efforts -- including an overhaul of the troubled job announcement site USAJOBS -- saying the changes were “a long time coming.” Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta met with reporters and held a digital town hall...

DoJ Will Notify Nearly 1 Million Feds of Eligibility to Join Shutdown Lawsuit

March 6, 2015 About 1 million federal employees will soon be receiving an email on their federal accounts informing them of their eligibility to potentially win some money. The notice is no phishing scam, however; rather the email will come from the Justice Department to alert those who were forced to work without...

Retirement Claims Backlog Hits 18-Month High

March 6, 2015 The retirement claims backlog reached its highest total in a year and a half in February, according to figures published by the Office of Personnel Management. More than 24,000 would-be annuitants are awaiting approval from OPM, the highest total since July 2013. The backlog was inflated by a large spike...

How to End Government Shutdown Threats Forever

March 5, 2015 Taken in its totality, the federal government is the largest employer in the nation. According to one lawmaker, it is sometimes also “the worst boss in the world.” Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has a plan to change that, however. The continual, ever-looming threat of a government shutdown stagnates the economy...

Boats, Biometrics and Other Items in the Homeland Security Funding Bill

March 5, 2015 The impasse has ended. The Homeland Security Department is not shutting down. What does that mean for the department and its 225,000 employees? For starters, 30,000 workers will not be forced to take unpaid furloughs next week, and the remaining employees will not have to report to work without pay....

VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through...

VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through...