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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Lawmaker: Every Agency Could Easily Find at Least 5% of Fat to Trim

January 7, 2016 The top oversight role for Congress in relation to federal agencies is rooting out the people doing dumb things, a House Republican said on Thursday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution the government tries...

TSA Workers to Vote on New Contract, but Several Key Issues Heading to Arbitration

January 6, 2016 The Transportation Security Administration narrowly avoided forcing 45,000 of its employees to work without a labor contract for the first time in three years, agreeing to a majority of provisions at the 11th hour to extend the existing agreement. TSA workers, represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, will...

Three Federal Agencies Have Closed Offices in Oregon Over Employee Safety Concerns

January 6, 2016 This story was updated with additional personnel information from the Forest Service. Interior Department agencies are not taking any chances with the militia group currently occupying a Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon, with two other offices closing down due to concern for the safety of the employees that...

The Pentagon Is Moving 13,000 Civilians Out of the GS System This Year

January 5, 2016 The Air Force is transitioning 13,000 civilian employees away from the General Schedule toward a new, more flexible personnel system. As part of an ongoing initiative called AcqDemo, the Air Force Material Command will nearly double the number of employees who currently take part in the modernization effort. The Air...

White House: No Federal Employees in Danger in Militia Standoff

January 4, 2016 No federal workers are at risk at a federal facility in Oregon where armed individuals, led by rancher Ammon Bundy, have taken control of the building, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday, noting his information was “to our knowledge.” Earnest told reporters the standoff at the Fish...

Americans' Biggest Problem in 2015? Government

January 4, 2016 The country’s No. 1 problem in the year that just passed was its government, according to a new survey. The Gallup poll found for the second consecutive year, more Americans identified Uncle Sam as the “most important problem facing the United States” than any other issue. An average of 16...

Some Agencies Directed to Consider Temporary Employees for Permanent Promotions

January 4, 2016 Some agencies must now consider their seasonal employees when making internal promotions, according to new guidance from the Obama administration on a law the president signed in 2015. Roughly 10,000 temporary federal employees can benefit from the enactment of the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, for which the Office of...

How the Justice Department Uses Historians to Prosecute War Criminals

December 24, 2015 After getting his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, historian Jeff Richter thought he would kick off his career with a brief stint in federal service. After catching the bug for Nazi hunting, however, he decided to make a career of it. Richter is part of the Justice Department’s Human...

Curbing Unions, ‘Rolling Heads’ at Agencies and More From the Campaign Trail

December 23, 2015 In recent weeks, the presidential race has seemed to focus almost exclusively on national security -- or whatever Donald Trump happens to be talking about. That has not completely prevented the candidates from discussing issues important to federal employees, however. On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was asked at a...

Secret Service Agent's Gun, Badge Stolen From Vehicle

December 22, 2015 The Secret Service has endured its fair share of scandals in 2015, and it seems it will end the year with at least one more. The agency filed a police report on Monday in Washington, D.C., after an agent’s gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen out of...

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