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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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Lawmaker: Let D.C.-Area Feds Telework Due to Metro Disruptions

May 20, 2016 A prominent Washington, D.C.-area lawmaker is calling on the Obama administration to allow federal employees in the region to work from home more often as the Metro public transit system prepares for major maintenance projects expected to significantly disrupt commutes. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority finalized its SafeTrack plan...

Debate Over LGBT Discrimination at Federal Contractors Leads to Shouting Match on House Floor

May 19, 2016 House Republicans were forced to deploy controversial tactics on Thursday to block an amendment that would have prevented federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The amendment to the fiscal 2017 Veterans Affairs Department and military construction appropriations bill, introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.,...

New Bill Would Give 30K Feds Enhanced Retirement Benefits

May 19, 2016 Nearly 30,000 federal employees would receive enhanced retirement benefits under a bill introduced by two Democratic senators on Thursday. The Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would extend the ability to retire earlier to employees designated in the police series GS-0083....

EPA: We Can't Prevent Sex Offenders From Interacting With the Public

May 18, 2016 Environmental Protection Agency officials on Wednesday touted progress on swiftly disciplining misbehaving employees, even as they endured the wrath of lawmakers who said their efforts were still falling short. Acting EPA Deputy Administrator Stanley Meiburg told a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that the agency’s new policy of...

Should Federal Agencies Stop Researching Drunk Birds to Fund the Zika Response?

May 17, 2016 For most Republicans in Congress, the debate over funding the research into and prevention of the spread of the Zika virus is a standard issue divide over federal spending, offsets and balanced budgets. For Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., however, the clash playing out this week in both chambers represents something...

USPS Supervisors Are Doing Work Reserved for Unionized Employees, Costing Agency Millions

May 16, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is allowing salaried supervisors to conduct work set aside for union employees, according to a new report, forcing the agency to waste millions of dollars annually on unnecessary payments. An agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and USPS in 2014 that settled a 40-year dispute...

Trump to Federal Employee Union: ‘I Have Your Back’

May 16, 2016 Donald Trump has not always had the best relationships with organized labor, but he has found at least one union at the federal level with which he has a strong connection. The National Border Patrol Council -- which represents more than 16,000 Border Patrol agents -- endorsed the now presumptive...

Trump’s VA Privatization Plan, Feds Donating to Clinton and More From the Campaign Trail

May 13, 2016 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said health care is one of government’s top three responsibilities -- but apparently that task does not apply to veterans. Or at least not to the extent it is currently involved. Sam Clovis, Trump’s chief policy adviser, this week told The Wall Street...

TSA Chief Promises More Staffing, Better Accountability

May 12, 2016 Lawmakers praised the relatively new head of the Transportation Security Administration for cleaning up the troubled agency, but said that after less than one year on the job, he still has a long way to go to fix it. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing...

House to Unveil Smaller-Scale Postal Reform Proposal ‘Soon’

May 11, 2016 The House will soon release its own proposal to reform the U.S. Postal Service, lawmakers announced at a hearing Wednesday. The package may be smaller in scale than the bill in the Senate with bipartisan support, with leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee saying they were committed...

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