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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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Senate, House Clash Over Privatizing FAA

April 20, 2016 The Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, concluding a prolonged debate over legislation to keep the agency functioning through September 2017. The reauthorization would address airport security, drone regulations and hiring reforms. Unlike its counterpart in the House, however, it does not de-federalize air...

Secret Service Fails to Address Its ‘Historic Attrition’

April 20, 2016 The Secret Service has even fewer full-time employees than in 2014 when a panel found the embattled agency had “immediate staffing needs,” leaving lawmakers irritated over the agency's sluggish pace of hiring. The law enforcement agency is failing to deal with “historic attrition rates,” wrote Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman...

The Obama Administration's Self-Proclaimed Legacy in Good Governance

April 19, 2016 President Obama’s management and budget director boasted this week about the administration’s progress in using data and evidence in decision making, saying its approach was unprecedented and will have a long-lasting impact on federal agencies. The administration has implemented a “top-to-bottom” commitment to evidence-based policy, Office of Management and Budget...

One Agency Congress Actually Wants to Hire More People Is Failing in That Task

April 19, 2016 Lawmakers chided Customs and Border Protection officials at a congressional hearing Tuesday, saying the agency has failed to boost its staffing levels despite a specific mandate from Congress to do so. Congress authorized CBP to bring on 2,000 additional law enforcement officers in fiscal 2014, but to date the agency...

Here's How USPS Cut $10 Billion in Labor Costs Since 2006

April 18, 2016 The Postal Service has cut its labor costs by more than $10 billion since fiscal 2006, a path the agency’s auditor called unsustainable in a report released Monday. As volume has dropped precipitously, USPS has relied on trimming labor costs to account for about 75 percent of its overall reductions....

Inside the Fight to Reduce the Government’s Role in Veterans Health Care

April 15, 2016 It’s an old refrain: run government like a business. But to the naysayer, it can sound an awful lot like a much less agreeable suggestion: turn government into a business. That’s what a congressionally-chartered commission of reformers tasked with overhauling the way the government provides health care to veterans is...

Congress Intervenes to Fix Hiring Regs Written by ‘Entrenched Bureaucrats’ at OPM

April 14, 2016 A “no-brainer” hiring reform bill President Obama signed into law last year after receiving unanimous support in Congress was intended to be a non-controversial and painless way to ease hiring at certain agencies. Only one thing stood in its way: the Office of Personnel Management. The bill was created to...

Another Bonus Ban, Feds’ ‘Golden Parachute’ Pensions and More

April 13, 2016 Congress is always looking for new ways to ban bonuses for federal employees, it seems. Weeks after House appropriators unveiled a measure to prohibit performance awards for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, a lawmaker put forward legislation to ban bonuses for Internal Revenue Service workers. Blocking the extra...

Congress Has a Worse Track Record on Following Advice to Cut Waste Than Agencies Themselves

April 13, 2016 Federal agencies are making progress on addressing the duplication and overlap identified by independent auditors, but more than half of the total recommendations made since 2011 have not been fully addressed. Lawmakers during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday deplored agencies for failing to deal with the...

The Obama Administration Is Struggling to Reform the Security Clearance Process

April 12, 2016 The Obama administration has blown past its own deadlines for reforming the security clearance process, falling short on changes ranging from standardizing investigations to rooting out internal threats. The shortfalls—released in the latest report posted to Performance.gov—do not represent a lack of progress, according to the Office of the Director...

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