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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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Government Agencies Told To Prepare for Another Shutdown

December 11, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget held a conference call Thursday to instruct federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown, according to an OMB official. Congress’ plans to fund agencies past Thursday were in flux as of Thursday afternoon, with most Democrats and many Republicans vowing to oppose ...

OMB Tells Agencies to Prepare for Possible Shutdown

December 11, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget held a conference call Thursday to instruct federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown, according to an OMB official. Congress’ plans to fund agencies past Thursday were in flux as of Thursday afternoon, with most Democrats and many Republicans vowing to oppose ...

Federal Employees Honored in Time's 'Person of the Year'

December 11, 2014 Think all the rhetoric toward federal employees is negative and inflammatory? Well, you’re mostly right. But in a rare exception, some federal employees were recognized in Time’s Person of the Year. The annual recognition went to “Ebola fighters,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes ...

Retirement Wait Times Drop, But OPM Still Falls Short of Goals

December 10, 2014 Lawmakers and stakeholders at a congressional hearing Wednesday praised the Office of Personnel Management for processing federal employees’ retirement claims more quickly, but still chastised the agency for falling short of its own goals. Two OPM officials defended their progress to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s federal workforce ...

Winners and Losers From the Deal to Avoid a Shutdown

December 10, 2014 Federal employees can take a deep sigh of relief, as it appears likely a government shutdown will be avoided. Congressional appropriators struck a deal late Tuesday to fund most federal agencies through September, setting line-by-line spending levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. “More than two months into the ...

President Offers Senior Execs High Praise, But No Bonuses

December 9, 2014 Six years into his presidency, Obama on Tuesday for the first time addressed the career professionals who lead federal agencies. While he lavished high praise, he also tempered prospects for actions to back up that praise. “My message here is simple,” Obama said to kick off his speech. “Thank you. ...

Obama Announces Plans to Reform and Modernize the Senior Executive Service

December 9, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at reforming, improving and rewarding the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. Obama spoke to a large crowd of SES employees and other senior leaders in government to unveil the new programs, calling some federal operations antiquated and in need of ...

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Now on Tighter Leash When Profiling Suspects

December 8, 2014 Many federal employees will have to soon change the way they do their jobs, as the Obama administration unveiled on Monday major changes to racial profiling procedures at law enforcement agencies. Attorney General Eric Holder announced an overhaul to federal profiling policies, prohibiting federal officers from “biased” law enforcement practices ...

If DHS Shutdown Comes, Most Employees Would Still Report to Work

December 5, 2014 Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to pass a hybrid short-term and long-term budget measure to keep federal agencies open past Dec. 11. The House is expected next week to pass a spending bill that would provide line-by-line funding levels for nearly all agencies—all but the Homeland Security Department. Instead, ...

Obama's Immigration Action Is Creating a Hiring Blitz at DHS

December 4, 2014 The agency tasked with carrying out the bulk of President Obama’s immigration order is on a hiring blitz in order to carry out the new policies, according to job postings and an agency spokesman. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hire about 1,000 employees, both federal and contracted, to process ...