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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Powerful Lawmaker Goes After Federal Employee Union Enrollment

February 3, 2016 It soon could become significantly more difficult for federal employees to join a union, with a high-ranking lawmaker set to introduce a bill to tighten enrollment mechanisms. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., will introduce this week the Federal Employee Rights Act, Government Executive has learned, a title opponents of the bill...

EPA Deflects Blame as It's Accused of Massive Failures in Flint's Water Crisis

February 3, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency faced harsh criticism at a congressional hearing Wednesday from lawmakers and activists for not taking more aggressive action to combat the spread of contaminated water in Flint, Mich., though the agency itself pointed the finger primarily at state and local officials. Lawmakers promised a whole of...

Hundreds of Thousands of Feds Would Gain Appeal Rights Under New Bill

February 2, 2016 A huge swath of federal employees would regain the right to appeal a dismissal or demotion to a third party under a new bill introduced in the House this week. The legislation would overturn a court case that stripped employees in positions designated as “sensitive” to national security of the...

Senior Execs to Begin Obama's Rotation Program This Year

February 1, 2016 Many top civil servants at federal agencies will start rotating to other functions, components or agencies starting in October, per new guidance just released by the Obama administration. The guidance, issued by the Office of Personnel Management, spells out the requirements for agencies participating in the Senior Executive Service rotational...

25% of Feds Would Consider Leaving Their Jobs if Trump Becomes President

January 29, 2016 Donald Trump leads the Republican field among federal employees, but many still say they would never work for him. One in four federal workers would consider leaving their jobs if Trump were elected president, according to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group’s research...

Trump Widens His Lead Among Republican Federal Employees, Poll Finds

January 29, 2016 Donald Trump has widened his lead among Republicans who work for the federal government, according to a new survey, with his closest opponent for the GOP nomination trailing by 15 points. Thirty-two percent of federal employees who identified as Republican or Republican-leaning Independents said they would vote for the real...

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

January 28, 2016 Eleven Republican candidates for president debated on Thursday evening in Iowa, the seventh such event of the 2016 cycle and the final one before the first votes are cast in Iowa. The main event with the top seven contenders was perhaps most noteworthy for who was not there -- frontrunner...

What Sanders' Big Government Proposals Would Actually Mean for Federal Agencies

January 28, 2016 Bernie Sanders is a pretty big fan of government, and he is not afraid to talk about it. The self-described Democratic-Socialist has repeatedly said during his time on the campaign trail that his presidential candidacy is about “creating a government that works for all of us.” He has crafted proposals...

Obama Mobilizes Federal Agencies to Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

January 27, 2016 President Obama has opened several avenues of federal resources to tackle the growing threat of the Zika virus, enlisting agencies to study the mosquito-borne illness and prevent its spread. Obama met with his health and national security teams on Tuesday, the White House said, where he “emphasized the need to...

White House Applauds Upcoming Change to Ease Rolling Over 401(k)s Into TSP

January 26, 2016 The White House on Tuesday touted an upcoming change that will ease the process of switching from a private retirement investment account into the Thrift Savings Plan. As part of a larger initiative to “build a 21st century retirement system,” the Obama administration highlighted a plan to help federal employees...

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