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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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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...

Pelosi: The GOP Is ‘Threatening a Partial Government Shutdown’

January 13, 2015 House Republicans have made their initial offer in what is likely to be drawn out negotiations to reconcile their caucus’ desire to end President Obama’s executive action to defer deportation for millions of immigrants with the administration’s priority to fund the Homeland Security Department past February. For now, Democrats have...

Bills Would Give Feds a 3.8 Percent Pay Raise

January 13, 2015 Lawmakers in the both the House and Senate introduced bills on Tuesday to raise federal employees’ pay 3.8 percent across the board in 2016. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., with several Democratic cosponsors. Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii,...

‘Procedural Error’ Clears Feds Accused of Botching Corruption Trial of Sen. Ted Stevens

January 12, 2015 Two Justice Department employees suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then Sen. Ted Stevens won their appeals last week due to a technicality. The Alaska Republican was found guilty and lost his reelection bid that year in a case that drew national attention, however, the department...

Pelosi: GOP Is ‘Threatening a Partial Government Shutdown’

January 12, 2015 House Republicans have made their initial offer in what is likely to be drawn out negotiations to reconcile their caucus’ desire to end President Obama’s executive action to defer deportation for millions of immigrants with the administration’s priority to fund the Homeland Security Department past February. For now, Democrats have...

Federal Agencies Shed Nearly 20,000 Jobs in 2014

January 9, 2015 Despite minimal job loss to round out the year, federal agencies shed a net of 19,000 positions in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The federal government, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, employed 900 fewer people in December than November, while USPS added 1,800...

The 10 Categories Where Federal Agencies Spend the Most on Contracting

January 8, 2015 For the last several months, the Obama administration has trumpeted its initiative to simplify the federal acquisition process. The main component of that overhaul is “category management” -- sorting agencies’ purchases into the most common groups of products and services. The General Services Administration is currently developing a website to...

FEHBP Reform, Pay Freezes and Lawmakers’ Other Day 1 Priorities in the 114th Congress

January 7, 2015 Members of the 114th Congress wasted no time introducing bills that would impact federal employees, using their first day to put forward measures affecting pay, benefits and agency operations. The new, Republican-controlled Congress has promised to rein in the federal bureaucracy and it is already demonstrating a willingness to do...

Seven in 10 Federal Managers Sometimes Predetermine Who Will Fill Job Vacancies

January 6, 2015 The federal hiring process has become too complex to ensure the open and fair selection of new employees, according to a new report. The Merit Systems Protection Board outlined the variety of authorities agencies have to hire workers, concluding from analysis of data from the Office and Personnel Management and...