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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Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know From Tuesday's Republican Debates

December 15, 2015 Thirteen Republican candidates for president debated on Tuesday evening, the fifth of the 2016 cycle. The main event with the top nine contenders included some surprising positive references to the federal workforce. It also contained several mentions of government overreach. Here is a breakdown of all the discussions involving how...

Feds Likely to Receive First Mass Transit Benefit Boost in Two Years

December 15, 2015 Federal employees who drive to work have received twice the subsidy to park as their mass transit-riding counterparts for two consecutive years, but Congress appears on the verge of changing that for 2016. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the maximum benefit feds could receive for taking public transportation to work was...

USPS Looking for Ways to Sell Its $3.6B Brand to Boost Revenue

December 11, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service’s brand is worth $3.6 billion, a review by the agency’s inspector general found earlier this year, and now the auditor wants USPS to capitalize on it. The IG issued a solicitation this week seeking a contractor to help the auditor determine how the Postal Service could...

As Congress Pushes Back Deadline, Agencies and White House Start Shutdown Prep

December 10, 2015 While Congress took the first step on Thursday in temporarily preventing a government shutdown, federal agencies are not taking any chances and coordinating with the White House to prepare for an appropriations lapse. The Obama administration has been adamant that a shutdown should and likely will be avoided, but has...

Federal Employee Union Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

December 10, 2015 The largest federal employee union endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying the former secretary of State would be a “strong advocate” for government workers. The American Federation of Government Employees’ national executive council voted to endorse Clinton over her chief opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The union met with both...

Senate Panel Approves More Tools to Hold VA Employees Accountable

December 10, 2015 Misbehaving federal managers at the Veterans Affairs Department could soon see their pensions clawed back and less paid leave while awaiting discipline, with a Senate committee approving such provisions on Wednesday as part of its ongoing push for more accountability at VA. The Increasing VA Accountability to Veterans Act received...

Some Agencies' Shutdown Furlough Plans Have Changed Dramatically in Past 2 Years

December 9, 2015 As Congress attempts to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid a government shutdown, federal agencies are dusting off their contingency plans and readying for the scenario in which Congress fails to act. Luckily for them and their cleaning service contract budgets, little dust should have accumulated, as every federal...

No, 72 DHS Employees Are Not on a Terrorism Watch List

December 8, 2015 When a member of Congress refers to federal employees as terrorists, it’s bound to turn some heads. That was exactly what happened when Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., told a radio station in Boston last week that 72 employees at the Homeland Security Department were on a terror watch list. The...

The USPS Governing Board Now Has Just One Confirmed Member

December 8, 2015 As the U.S. Postal Service gears up for its busiest time of the year, Congress has delivered a significant blow to its top leadership. The Postal Service is, by statute, supposed to have nine governors on its board to make major decisions for the agency. It currently has just one....

Republican Senators Want to Expand VA Firing Authority to the IRS

December 7, 2015 Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the author of a 2014 law easing the firing of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, has said he hoped his measure would serve as a “template” for the rest of government. After Republicans in Congress tried and failed last year to expand the increased...

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