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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Federal Agencies 'Adapt,' 'Stretch' to Accommodate More Syrian Refugees

November 19, 2015 As the House on Thursday voted to create a more stringent screening process for refugees resettling in the United States, federal agencies said they are “adapting,” “flexing,” and shifting resources around to bring in vastly more Syrians in fiscal 2016. The refugee program has come under significant scrutiny since the...

Syrian Refugee Dispute Raises Prospects for December Shutdown

November 18, 2015 Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, scores of politicians from around the country have called for an end to the U.S. program for accepting refugees from Syria. And dozens of lawmakers want to defund the program through the forthcoming fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill, setting the stage for...

Yet Another Agency Head Asks for More Firing Authority

November 17, 2015 The embattled Secret Service should have an easier time firing misbehaving employees, agency director Joseph Clancy told a bicameral panel of lawmakers on Tuesday. Clancy continually agreed with members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Homeland Security committees as they deplored recent scandals involving Secret Service...

Seeing Red

November 17, 2015 The federal budgeting process is broken. Former lawmakers and budget office leaders know it, current negotiators on Capitol Hill know it, a whole slew of good government groups know it and perhaps most of all, federal agencies know it. Under a process established in 1974, the president submits a budget...

Americans Support Cutting Mail Services to Save USPS, Survey Finds

November 17, 2015 A majority of Americans support significant changes in U.S. Postal Service operations to help secure the agency’s financial future, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, found nine in 10 Americans --...

Feds Petition for Paid Day Off After Thanksgiving

November 16, 2015 It has become commonplace for federal employees to ask the White House for an extra day off around Christmas. And often, that wish is granted. Now, some feds are feeling a bit greedy it seems, sending President Obama a new holiday request: closing the federal government on the day after...

DHS’ Massively Over-Budget Immigration Project Draws Bipartisan Scrutiny

November 16, 2015 A House committee is launching an investigation into a Homeland Security Department initiative gone awry, looking to get answers into why a digitalization project has taken longer and cost significantly more than originally expected. A bipartisan letter signed by leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to DHS...

USPS Posts $5.1 Billion Net Loss in 2015 Despite Growing Revenue

November 13, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service turned an operational profit of $1.2 billion in fiscal 2015, marking the third consecutive year its revenue exceeded its controllable costs, though it continued to bleed into the red with a net loss of $5.1 billion due to external requirements from Congress. While the agency actually...

Feds Warned Not to Tweet Political Views on the Job

November 12, 2015 If federal employees want to tell the world they #FeeltheBern or #StandWithRand or are ready to put it in #CruzControl, they are welcome to do so. Just not while they are on the clock. Such is the message from the Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency with oversight...

Feds Will Soon Begin Limited Testing of Body Cameras

November 12, 2015 Despite pressure from immigration advocacy groups and even the White House for equipping law enforcement personnel with body cameras, Customs and Border Protection continues to have reservations about the technology. More than a year after CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske ordered a review of the feasibility of requiring agency law...

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