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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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The Real Implications of a Homeland Security Shutdown

January 29, 2015 Senate Republicans promised to take up funding the Homeland Security Department next week, but the path to reach a passable appropriations measure remains unclear with less than one month until the agency will be forced to shut down. Nearly the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate signed a letter to...

Would a DHS Shutdown Mark the 'Height of Irresponsibility?'

January 28, 2015 Senate Republicans promised to take up funding the Homeland Security Department next week, but the path to reach a passable appropriations measure remains unclear with less than one month until the agency will be forced to shut down. Nearly the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate signed a letter to...

Lawmakers Bicker Over Treatment of Feds in First Oversight Committee Meeting

January 27, 2015 The House panel with primary oversight of the federal workforce and agency operations got off to a contentious start in its first meeting Tuesday, with nominal calls for bipartisanship overshadowed by political bickering. Largely at issue was the process for subpoenaing individuals to testify before the committee and agencies to...

Senator Looks to Keystone Bill to Stop Postal Facility Closures

January 27, 2015 The Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the most politically contentious issues facing the country over the past several years, and it could soon get even more controversial. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has introduced an amendment to the Senate bill to approve the pipeline -- which has consumed nearly...

Lack of Paid Parental Leave for Feds Is 'Shameful' and a 'Disgrace,' House Dems Say

January 26, 2015 House Democrats on Monday unveiled their plan to give federal employees paid parental leave, following up on a push by President Obama to provide the new benefit. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., introduced the Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act on Monday, more than 15 years after she first put the...

Looking Back at the GSA Scandal: Did the Administration Overreact?

January 26, 2015 On April 2, 2012, the General Services Administration’s inspector general released a report that would change the fate of the agency -- and in some ways, that of the entire federal government. On that day, GSA’s watchdog released the now infamous Management Deficiency Report, one of the most explosive looks...

Where Are They Now? Where the Players in the GSA Scandal Have Landed

January 26, 2015 The General Services Administration shook up its staff in the wake of 2012 revelations of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference, in what some have called a heavy-handed response to the scandal. Here is a look at where some of the officials fired in the aftermath of the inspector...

The Pentagon Has No Idea How Many Employees It Needs

January 23, 2015 While the size of the Defense Department’s workforce has climbed significantly in the post-9/11 era, a new report has found the Pentagon has no system in place to justify the number of people it employs. Defense headquarters and its military components -- the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force...

The Pentagon Has No Idea How Many Employees It Needs

January 23, 2015 While the size of the Defense Department’s workforce has climbed significantly in the post-9/11 era, a new report has found the Pentagon has no system in place to justify the number of people it employs. Defense headquarters and its military components -- the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force...

Republicans Aim to Stop Agencies from ‘Blindly Filling Empty Desks’

January 22, 2015 Federal agencies shed nearly 100,000 positions from their rolls over the last two years, but a pair of Republican lawmakers wants them to go way further. Reps. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., this week introduced the Federal Workforce Through Attrition Act, which would require a 10 percent reduction...