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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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Study: Furloughing Feds in 2013 Shutdown Produced Significant Economic Drag

September 22, 2015 Federal employees worked 6.6 million fewer hours during the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, according to a recent report, with the loss of productivity resulting in a 0.3 percent loss in economic growth. In other words, sending more than 850,000 federal employees home without pay for at least part...

USPS Opposes Latest Postal Reform Bill

September 18, 2015 The biggest advocate in Congress for reforming the U.S. Postal Service is taking yet another shot at fixing the struggling agency, and his latest effort is receiving mixed reviews from the key players involved in postal operations. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., introduced the 2015 iPOST Act this week after months...

Senate Passes Measure to Streamline Federal Hiring

September 18, 2015 The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to streamline federal hiring, easing agencies’ abilities to share information on applicants. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applicants with each other. The 2015 Competitive Service Act, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would...

Defense Chief Says Treatment of Civilians Is ‘Appalling’

September 17, 2015 The Defense Department’s civilian personnel system is so broken it’s a wonder anyone sticks around to work there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference just outside Washington, Carter promoted the department’s Force of the Future initiative, which he said...

Lawmakers to EPA Chief: Fire Employees Over Self-Created Spill

September 17, 2015 Lawmakers in both parties on Thursday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to fire employees involved in the massive spill of contaminated mine water into the Animas and San Juan rivers, though the agency’s chief did not make any guarantees that she would follow their advice. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told...

EXCLUSIVE: Senator Introduces Bill in Yet Another Attempt to Save the U.S. Postal Service

September 17, 2015 A new attempt at overhauling the U.S. Postal Service will focus less on dramatic cuts to the mailing agency than previous failed legislative efforts, and more on stabilizing operations while freeing up cash in light of quickly declining mail volumes. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., ranking member of the Homeland Security...

Here's Everything Feds Need to Know About Wednesday's GOP Debates

September 16, 2015 Fifteen Republican candidates debated a wide variety of issues in a primetime debate Wednesday. The top 11 contenders in polls engaged in nearly three hours of political barbs and bickering. Here are the highlights of the discussion of issues that related to reforming the federal government and its workforce, listed...

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...