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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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No, the Postal Service Is Not 'Hoarding' Ammunition

April 21, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is buying up a ton of bullets as part of a governmentwide conspiracy to limit the amount of ammunition available to the general public. That would be a great lede. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Conservative websites like Newsmax and Breitbart published stories last week implicitly asserting ...

A Lot of Americans Fear the Federal Government

April 21, 2014 More than one in three voting Americans are afraid of the federal government, according to a recent poll. The survey by Rasmussen Reports found 37 percent of U.S. voters “fear the federal government.” More than half of voters -- 54 percent -- said the federal government is a “threat to ...

The IRS Isn’t Regulating Most of the People You Pay to File Your Taxes

April 18, 2014 A majority of “preparers” who help individuals file their taxes are not regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new report, and they are often putting filers at risk by submitting incorrect returns. Tax preparers are either “enrolled” -- generally meaning they are certified to some degree -- ...

Could an Overhaul to the Federal Giving Drive Do More Harm Than Good?

April 17, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management ignored many complaints lodged by stakeholders in the annual federal employees’ giving drive when it drafted revisions to the campaign’s overhaul, and several lawmakers are not happy about it. The chairmen and ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its federal ...

Eric Holder Doesn’t Deserve to Be Paid, Republican Lawmakers Say

April 17, 2014 Federal employees should not receive pay while being held in contempt of Congress, according to a group of Republican lawmakers. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, chairman of the subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce, recently introduced the Contempt Act, which would ban an agency from paying the salary of an ...

More Than 15,000 Federal Employees Make at Least $200K

April 17, 2014 Most of the discussion of pay for federal employees in recent months and years has been about insufficient or non-existent raises, pay gaps and budget shortfalls. Not all feds are making out so poorly, however. A new database compiled by FedSmith.com, using data from the Office of Personnel Management and ...

Should the IRS Outsource Collection of Tax Debt?

April 15, 2014 Federal employees should continue to collect tax debts, according to a union representing Internal Revenue Service workers, though some in Congress support contracting out the responsibility. The National Treasury Employees Union on Monday said Uncle Sam has tried in the past to unload its tax collection duties on private business, ...

The 15 Federal Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men

April 14, 2014 The gender-based pay gap in federal government is shrinking. Federal agencies decreased the disparity by 17 cents on the dollar over the last 20 years, with federal women in 2012 receiving 87 cents for every dollar a man earned, the Office of Personnel Management reported last week. In fact, in ...

Lawmaker Looks to Reform Agencies Without Hurting Their Employees

April 14, 2014 A Democratic lawmaker is pushing two pieces of legislation designed to improve agency management without hurting federal employees along the way – or at least not to the extent of alternative bills. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, recently introduced the 2014 Comprehensive Department of Veterans’ Affairs Performance Management and Accountability Reform ...

Charities Will Now Have to Pay a Fee to Participate in the Annual Federal Giving Drive

April 11, 2014 Federal employees’ annual charity drive will receive a major makeover in 2016, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. The overhaul marks the culmination of three years of research into how to reform the Combined Federal Campaign, sparked by a report commissioned on the 50th anniversary of the drive. After ...