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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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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...

Democratic Candidates Lay Out Government Reform Proposals at Town Hall

January 25, 2016 The Democratic presidential candidates gathered for a collective town hall event hosted by CNN on Monday, the last time all three candidates will appear on the same stage before the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucus next week. The candidates did not address each other directly, as in...

Obama Overhauls Security Clearance Process, Creates New Federal Entity for Investigations

January 22, 2016 The Obama administration will create a new entity to manage the security clearance and suitability investigation process, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday as part of a series of sweeping changes to overhaul the way individuals working for or with the government are vetted and how their information is...

Washington-Area Federal Offices Will Send Employees Home Early on Friday

January 21, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday evening that federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area will close at noon on Friday ahead of an anticipated snowstorm. Emergency and telework employees are expected to work. Non-emergency federal employees in the area will have the option to take unscheduled leave or...

Lawmakers Agree on Urgent Need to Overhaul Postal Service

January 21, 2016 Urgency was the prevailing sentiment at a Senate hearing on U.S. Postal Service reform Thursday. “We need legislation now,” Postmaster General Megan Brennan told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “This is not something that should wait until the next presidential election,” agreed Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. “We’re almost...

Clinton Picks Up Another Federal Union Endorsement

January 20, 2016 Hillary Clinton won another endorsement from a federal employee labor group on Wednesday, with the National Treasury Employees Union announcing its support for the former secretary of State. Like much of organized labor, federal unions appear to be uniting around Clinton’s candidacy. Last month, the American Federation of Government Employees...

Slow Federal Hiring Process Will Force FBI to Rely on Contractors Initially to Boost Gun Background Checks

January 20, 2016 Citing the lengthy federal hiring process, the Obama administration will initially rely on contractors to boost its system for conducting background checks of potential gun buyers as required by the president’s recent executive actions. As spelled out in that new policy, the FBI plans to hire 230 new analysts and...

Whistleblower Disclosures Skyrocketed Last Year, Driven by VA Employees

January 19, 2016 When Bob McDonald was sworn in as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, one of his first promises was to protect the employees who aimed to shed a light on waste or wrongdoing within the agency. “At VA, we take whistleblower complaints seriously and will not tolerate retaliation against those...