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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200K Postal Workers Would See Pay Raises, Benefit Cuts Under New Labor Contract

May 15, 2017 More than 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees would be in line for a raise but face a slight decrease in health benefits under a recently unveiled tentative labor contract. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 213,000 city mailmen and women across the country, reached the agreement with USPS...

A Chemist at a Federal Agency Wins Miss USA

May 15, 2017 A federal employee working at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was named Miss USA on Sunday evening, and pledged to spend her year with the crown encouraging more women to join government and eventually, agency leadership ranks. Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist in NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response,...

One Department Says Workforce Cuts Won't Be Part of Its Reorganization

May 12, 2017 The Agriculture Department on Thursday became the first part of the executive branch to announce initial plans to restructure itself as part of a key initiative from the Trump administration, but in breaking with the president said workforce reductions would not be a part of its proposal. Agriculture Secretary Sonny...

Bipartisan Senate Group Unveils New Bill to Speed Up VA Firing, Bonus Recoupment

May 11, 2017 A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Thursday to ease the firing of employees of the Veterans Affairs Department, taking a more worker-friendly approach to win backing from lawmakers across the political spectrum. The 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Accountability Act follows a similar bill the House approved by...

Citing Comey Firing, Democrats Block VA Reform Hearing

May 10, 2017 A scheduled hearing to review options to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department was postponed Wednesday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of blocking the proceeding due to "political games." VA Secretary David Shulkin was slated to appear at the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing with an array of veterans group officials, but...

USPS Loses Nearly $600M, Says It's Close to 'Solid Financial Footing'

May 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service produced a net loss of $562 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, though it essentially broke even on the controllable part of its business. The controllable profits -- which exclude certain non-operational expenses such as congressional mandates to prefund future retirees’ health benefits --...

OPM Is Ready, but No Agencies Have Requested Separation Incentive Authority Yet

May 8, 2017 No federal agencies have requested special authority to incentivize their employees to leave, according to the office responsible for granting the permission, despite a call from the White House to engage in the tactic as a means for cutting their workforces. The Office of Personnel Management has not yet received...

White House Lays Out Plan to Hold Agencies Accountable for Cutting Regulations

May 5, 2017 The White House plans to hold agencies to strict account as they begin efforts to reduce their regulatory operations, requiring them to create goals and report regularly on their progress. In recent guidance spelling out how to comply with President Trump’s executive order establishing task forces across government to weed...

Defense Ends Civilian Hiring Freeze, But Will Review 'Necessity' of Vacant Positions

May 4, 2017 The Defense Department has lifted its hiring freeze, several weeks after President Trump ended the moratorium across government, but the Pentagon is still taking a cautious approach to bringing in new employees as it prepares to reshape its operations. Defense Secretary James Mattis sent the memorandum to the department Wednesday,...

VA Considers Hundreds of Building Closures, but Focus Is Not on Medical Facilities

May 4, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of unused or rarely-used buildings, the agency’s leader told Congress this week, saying he wants to work with lawmakers to unload them. VA Secretary David Shulkin made waves Wednesday for comments during a House Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in which he said VA had...

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