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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Was a Senator’s Report on Waste in Federal Science Grants More Wasteful Than the Research Itself?

May 27, 2016 When a federal agency spends $1.1 million to fund research into whether and why female cheerleaders look more attractive when together with other female cheerleaders, it is likely to raise some eyebrows. For Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., it was a real head-scratcher. The senator earlier this month released a report...

Pentagon to Cut Secretary's Staff By 300—In Four Years

May 27, 2016 The Defense Department intends to reach its self-inflicted 25 percent cuts to headquarters staff without forcing out many employees, a top Pentagon official said this week. Instead, the department will rely on relocating employees and attrition measures to cut nearly 1,600 positions. The changes will save Defense $1.9 billion by...

Pentagon Promises Voluntary Measures for Most Civilian Staff Reductions

May 26, 2016 The Defense Department intends to reach its self-inflicted 25 percent cuts to headquarters staff without forcing out many employees, a top Pentagon official said this week. Instead, the department will rely on relocating employees and attrition measures to cut nearly 1,600 positions. The changes will save Defense $1.9 billion by...

Postal Unions Extend Deadline to Avoid Impasse in Labor Talks

May 25, 2016 Two major unions representing employees at the U.S. Postal Service have reached a stalemate in negotiations with the agency, leading the parties to agree to continue the status quo. The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union’s collective bargaining agreement -- in place since 2013...

Does TSA Have Itself to Blame for Its Current Crisis?

May 25, 2016 A Senate panel on Tuesday voted to boost spending at the Transportation Security Administration by $228 million in fiscal 2017, a 3 percent increase for the agency reeling from long lines at airports and high job vacancy rates. The Senate Appropriations Committee’s homeland security panel agreed to an appropriations measure...

House Republicans Appear Willing to Accept Largest Federal Pay Raise in Six Years

May 24, 2016 Congressional Republicans do not appear to have any appetite to stand in the way of President Obama giving federal employees a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017, with appropriators including language in a spending bill released Tuesday to allow the increase. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to...

Powerful House Republicans Endorse Major Funding Increase for USPS Regulator

May 23, 2016 It is not often that two conservative lawmakers, one a member of the Freedom Caucus, publicly advocate for a proposal put forward by President Obama, especially when that proposal is asking for more government spending. Such is the case, however, with the White House’s request to boost the funding for...

TSP Board Still Seeking Lawmaker to Sponsor Its Proposal to Ease Withdrawals

May 23, 2016 Despite receiving approval from the Senate-confirmed overseers last year, Thrift Savings Plan officials are still seeking a champion in Congress to sponsor legislation that would make it easier for former and current federal employees to access funds in their retirement savings accounts. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is looking...

Lawmakers Push to Ensure Security Clearance Agency Is More Than Just 'a New Name'

May 20, 2016 A pair of senators is pushing the Obama administration to offer specifics on its proposed overhaul of security clearance processing, questioning whether the forthcoming agency tasked with heading up the project is actually implementing meaningful change. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., wrote a letter to the Office...

Lawmaker: Let D.C.-Area Feds Telework Due to Metro Disruptions

May 20, 2016 A prominent Washington, D.C.-area lawmaker is calling on the Obama administration to allow federal employees in the region to work from home more often as the Metro public transit system prepares for major maintenance projects expected to significantly disrupt commutes. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority finalized its SafeTrack plan...

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