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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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Panel Recommends Sweeping Changes to Vets’ Health Care, VHA Civil Service

July 6, 2016 A congressionally chartered panel released its vision on Wednesday for a vastly different veterans health care system that integrates more private sector facilities and eases the hiring and firing of employees, but declined to strip the Veterans Health Administration of its status as a government agency. The Commission on Care,...

House Votes to Create Charity to Fill Funding Gaps at Bureau of Land Management

July 5, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to create a new entity that allows members of the public to donate money or property to protect federal lands, taking the first step in following other Interior Department agencies with sister non-profits. The Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act, introduced by Rep. Jody...

Panel Wants Details on Political Appointees Who Burrow In to Career Jobs

July 5, 2016 House lawmakers want more details on the political appointees agencies covert into full-time career employees, joining the Senate in seeking an investigation into the process known as “burrowing in” before the upcoming presidential transition. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter...

Unions Push Democrats to Embrace Federal Employees’ Priorities in Party Platform

July 1, 2016 Federal employee groups are pushing for Democrats to protect agency missions and employees in the party's quadrennial platform, and so far party leaders appear amenable to those issues. The Democratic National Committee’s platform committee, made up of party leaders and individuals loyal to both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders,...

Federal Agencies Continue to Shed Security Clearance Holders

June 30, 2016 The federal government cut the number of individuals holding security clearances by a quarter of a million people in fiscal 2015, according to a new report, marking the second consecutive year agencies have successfully followed through on an Obama administration goal to trim the cleared population. The Office of the...

Benefit Blackout, Veterans' Preference, a Bonus Ban and More

June 29, 2016 Some lawmakers are fighting to protect veterans' preference in federal hiring, pushing back against a measure that would limit the advantage to a one-time use. The Senate included a provision to rein in veterans’ preference in the 2017 Defense authorization bill, to block the advantage after a veteran's first application...

Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

June 28, 2016 House lawmakers earlier this month introduced a measure with bipartisan support to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, and expressed optimism the draft bill would finally clear the hurdles that have prevented similar legislation from becoming law for several years running. The reaction to the proposal, however, does not instill as...

OPM Tells Feds How to Turn Off Those Sex Offender Notifications

June 28, 2016 When more than 20 million individuals had their personal information breached in a hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management in 2015, the government decided it would make things right by offering a suite of protection services to the victims. The benefits included the normal perks for...

Clinton Would Add Tens of Billions to VA Spending, Trump Even More

June 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both proposed increasing spending on the Veterans Affairs Department by at least tens of billions of dollars over 10 years, according to an analysis of each of their plans. Trump’s proposals would come with a much heftier price tag, according to the Committee for...

Federal Employee Advocates Renew Fight for Huge Pay Raise

June 24, 2016 Federal employee advocates are renewing a push for a pay raise more than three times the size of the one proposed by President Obama, saying civil servants’ wages have fallen significantly behind those in the private sector. The Federal-Postal Coalition, a collection of more than 20 unions and associations representing...

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