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 Postal Service Lost Money on Its Facility Closures Last Year

February 26, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs. The second phase of the Postal Service’s consolidation...

Lawmakers Worry New Security Clearance Entity Will Be 'Another Disaster'

February 25, 2016 A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers on Thursday questioned the Obama administration’s creation of a new federal entity to conduct background investigations, criticizing the plan's failure to make fundamental changes. The phasing out of the Federal Investigative Service in favor of the new National Background Investigative Bureau appears to ignore some...

OPM Unveils Overhaul of Federal Hiring Site USAJOBS

February 24, 2016 The website candidates use to apply for nearly every job in federal government is undergoing a major overhaul, with the Office of Personnel Management announcing on Wednesday a series of changes to make the much-maligned platform more accessible. OPM said the new features on USAJOBS -- which in 2014 served...

Another Federal Office in Oregon Reopens After Closing for 7 Weeks During Malheur Standoff

February 24, 2016 The Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon occupied for weeks early this year by militia members remains closed indefinitely as officials assess the damage and investigate the crimes committed. Another nearby facility, however, reopened on Wednesday. The Forest Service Emigrant Creek Ranger District office in Burns, Ore., closed as...

Lawmaker Tells Education to Get Tougher on Misbehaving Employees

February 23, 2016 The Education Department’s trivial punishments for misbehaving senior managers are undermining its culture, according to a top congressional overseer. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Education’s acting Secretary John King asking him to reconsider what the lawmaker views as...

Feds Are Likely to Support Obama's New Call for Expanding Gun Regulations

February 22, 2016 President Obama on Monday once again called for tighter regulation of guns, this time in the wake of a mass shooting in Michigan. An individual in Kalamazoo murdered six people on Saturday while injuring two others. A county prosecutor charged the suspect, who was expected to appear in court Monday,...

TSP Expected to Double in Size in Coming Years

February 22, 2016 The Thrift Savings Plan will double in size over the next eight years, the board governing federal employees’ retirement investment program estimated on Monday. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is gearing up for a huge increase in participation in 2018, its leaders said at a monthly board meeting, when...

Cutting Federal Pay 40 Percent, Eliminating Government Unions and More From the Campaign Trail

February 19, 2016 The presidential field has downsized, but the remaining presidential candidates are only increasing their rhetoric about the federal civil service. At a town hall hosted by CNN on Thursday, former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., was asked a fairly standard campaign trail question about what he would do to reduce U.S....

The DEA is Leaving Its Drug Seizures Vulnerable to Theft

February 18, 2016 The Drug Enforcement Administration is leaving the illicit drugs it seizes vulnerable to theft or tampering, according to a new report. The DEA is not properly documenting, tracking or relocating its intake of seized drugs, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in findings released Thursday. The agency’s shortcomings have compromised...

Republicans Renew Push for More Data on Union 'Official Time'

February 17, 2016 House Republicans are ramping up their push to bring more accountability to the practice of federal unions conducting business on the taxpayer’s dime. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Mark Meadows, the chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its Government Operations Subcommittee, respectively, authored letters to the...

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