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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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Can't Hire, Can't Fire

January 21, 2015 Hiring USAJobs, the government’s online warehouse of job vacancies, is still difficult to navigate and lacks sophisticated search capabilities to help applicants find positions that meet their interests and qualifications. Recruiting and hiring tools, including veterans’ preference, Pathways, and the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program, are innovative. But they’ve become...

State of the Union: The Message for Feds

January 20, 2015 10:10 p.m. It's a wrap. "A brighter future is ours to write," Obama says. 9:58 p.m. Obama is now speaking about the National Security Agency and other federal offices that have come under fire for their surveillance of American and foreign citizens: “As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard,...

Most Agency Heads Didn’t Really Have MLK Day Off

January 20, 2015 While most federal employees were enjoying their day off Monday, their top bosses were hard at work. Federal offices were closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but agency heads embraced the spirit of the holiday by putting in some community service hours. MLK Day is “an opportunity...

Republican Lawmakers Again Propose Slashing 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

January 20, 2015 A group of Republican lawmakers has once again proposed slashing the civilian workforce at the Defense Department by 15 percent, a move they estimate will save $82.5 billion over five years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut more than 115,000 jobs from...

New Oversight Chairman Replaces Issa Portrait With Photos of Postal Workers

January 16, 2015 The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has taken steps to distance himself from the panel’s previous leadership. Apparently, Chaffetz meant that not just philosophically, but physically as well. The Republican lawmaker announced this week he would remove a portrait of Rep....

Lawmakers Call Postal Reform a Priority, But Familiar Battle Lines Are Already Being Drawn

January 16, 2015 Oversight leaders in the new Congress have promised a renewed focus on reforming the U.S. Postal Service, but the usual obstacles are already taking shape. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a resolution calling on the Postal Service to “take all appropriate measures” to continue to...

GSA Chief Tangherlini to Step Down in February

January 15, 2015 This story has been updated. General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini will step down from his post in February, he announced in a memo to staff Thursday, after serving three years in the Obama administration. Tangherlini -- a Mr. Fix-It known for short stints in a variety of agencies --...

Obama Threatens Veto of GOP’s First Attempt to Rein in ‘Bureaucrats’

January 14, 2015 Before the midterm elections in November, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was asked what he would prioritize if Republicans won control of both chambers of Congress. McConnell said there were going to be “a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy.” “That’s something [President Obama] won’t like,...

Why You May Have Noticed Beefed Up Security at Your Federal Office

January 14, 2015 Noticed more security guards in your federal office lately? You’re not paranoid. Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson announced this week the agency would ramp up security at federal buildings in response to the terror attacks in Paris last week. Johnson emphasized that there is no “specific, credible intelligence” of...

Expect a Carrot-and-Stick Approach From New Workforce Watchdog

January 13, 2015 Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., spent many years running a small business, and in that time he had to hire and fire many employees. It is that experience that led the Republican lawmaker to head the House panel with direct oversight of the federal workforce. Meadows will chair the House Oversight...