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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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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...

Outgoing Postal Chief's Advice: End Pensions, Overhaul Feds' Health Care

January 6, 2015 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is ending his 39-year career at the U.S. Postal Service next month, and he has some advice for those he is leaving behind in the federal government: do away with pensions. In a farewell speech reflecting on his career long service with USPS, the embattled Donahoe,...

The US Navy Joins the Search for AirAsia Flight

January 5, 2015 The U.S. military has joined the effort to recover parts from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia last week, as well as the remains of those on board. Two Navy ships -- the USS Fort Worth and USS Sampson -- are aiding...

USPS Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Many Facilities

January 5, 2015 When the U.S. Postal Service announced it would shutter 82 mail processing facilities in 2015, it planned to start closing many of the plants in January. But for at least 10 of the facilities, USPS has now moved back that timetable to April or later. The Postal Service began consolidating...

Navy Joins AirAsia Search Efforts

January 5, 2015 The U.S. military has joined the effort to recover parts from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia last week, as well as the remains of those on board. Two Navy ships -- the USS Fort Worth and USS Sampson -- are aiding...

Agencies Show Little Progress in Improving the Federal Hiring Process

January 2, 2015 The Obama administration has set some lofty, and measureable, goals to improve hiring and recruiting at federal agencies. Slowly, agencies are making progress. Very slowly, in fact. In the recently released Chief Human Capital Officers management satisfaction surveys, agencies ticked up slightly in all of the key categories relating to...

Two GSA Managers Fired in Conference Scandal Reinstated With 30 Months of Back Pay

December 30, 2014 Two managers linked to the lavish conference that mired the General Services Administration in scandal in 2010 will be returning to work after GSA initially fired them for their alleged involvement. In a decision last week, the Merit Systems Protection Board demanded GSA cancel the removals of Paul Prouty, former...