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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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Lawmakers Push for Immediate Back Pay for Feds if Government Shuts Down

September 16, 2015 Lawmakers are starting to prepare for a government shutdown, and they want to make sure federal employees are taken care of if the ensuing furloughs come to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., on Wednesday introduced the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act, which would guarantee that employees forced to not...

Obama Tells Agencies to Hire Experts in Giving People Exactly What They Want

September 15, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make agencies use hard evidence to deliver services to Americans in ways that are easier to understand and result in better, more informed choices by program recipients. Obama’s executive order formally established the White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and tasked...

Scott Walker Promises to Eliminate ‘Corrosive’ Federal Unions Entirely

September 14, 2015 As promised, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., expanded upon his promise to bring changes to federal employee unions, and his latest proposal is actually quite simple: eliminate the labor groups entirely. The 2016 presidential candidate released a policy “white paper” Monday spelling out an array of reforms he would seek for...

Lawmakers Look to Bring More Former Felons to Federal Ranks

September 14, 2015 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to make it easier for applicants with criminal records to receive a federal job. The Fair Chance Act would aim to boost formerly incarcerated individuals’ ability to receive federal employment by restricting agencies and contractors from asking about applicants’ criminal history until a conditional...

Lawmakers: Give Obama What He Wants to Avoid Shutdown

September 11, 2015 Several Democrats have an idea to stave off the looming government shutdown: give President Obama exactly what he wants. A new bill would call for negotiations to raise the spending caps established by the 2011 Budget Control Act with corresponding offsets. If those efforts failed, however, the measure would automatically...

Scott Walker Has a Plan to Cripple Federal Employee Unions

September 11, 2015 Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a name for himself battling public-sector unions, and now he wants to take that fight to the federal level. During a speech in Illinois Thursday, Walker said he would take on federal employee labor groups on his first day in office....

Registered Lobbyist Earned $143K Federal Salary for 4-Hour Government Work Week

September 10, 2015 A registered lobbyist and an employee at an obscure independent federal agency collected a six-figure government salary while working just four hours per week on official business, according a congressional inquiry sent to the agency. The Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad knew about the lax work schedule...

Government Employees Like Their Job Perks Way More Than Private Sector Workers

September 10, 2015 Government workers are much more satisfied with their workplace perks than their private sector counterparts, according to a new poll. A Gallup survey found happiness with retirement packages represented the largest disparity between public and private sector workers. More than eight in 10 government employees were completely or somewhat satisfied...

A Federal Employee Pay Cut Even Republicans Are Outraged About

September 9, 2015 In recent years, congressional Republicans have been better known for their proposals to cut federal employees’ compensation than for their attempts to boost it. Some typical crusaders against increased spending in government, however, were outraged about a Obama administration plan to cut pay for certain feds. The State Department recently...

As Congress Returns, a Shutdown Isn’t the Only Threat Feds Face

September 8, 2015 Congress returned from its annual summer recess on Tuesday, facing a familiar threat: the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the month. For federal employees and their labor groups, avoiding the forced furloughs and delayed paychecks that can accompany an appropriations lapse is priority No. 1. However,...