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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As Congress Returns, a Shutdown Isn’t the Only Threat Feds Face

September 8, 2015 Congress returned from its annual summer recess on Tuesday, facing a familiar threat: the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the month. For federal employees and their labor groups, avoiding the forced furloughs and delayed paychecks that can accompany an appropriations lapse is priority No. 1. However,...

The Defense Department Is Not Training Military Personnel to Be Ethical

September 4, 2015 The Defense Department has not established appropriate training or measurements to ensure military personnel are acting in an ethical and professional manner, a new audit has found. The Pentagon has taken some preliminary steps to hold its employees to higher ethical standards, the Government Accountability Office said in its report,...

The Race to Eliminate Agencies, and Other Ideas From Presidential Candidates

September 4, 2015 It has become common presidential campaign theater to threaten to eliminate federal departments. Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, famously forgot which three agencies he would do away with in a debate during the 2012 cycle. Candidates have carried on the tradition in the 2016 race. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would...

How Government Techies Can Usher in the Next Generation of Federal Workers

September 3, 2015 The federal government is applying its technology experts to fix what ails its workforce. How can a team of engineers, designers and developers improve morale and build “the next generation federal workforce,” as the General Service’s Administration’s 18F team claimed it will do in a blog post this week? To...

Obama Gives New Role to Federal Agency Once Deemed Useless by Its Own IG

September 2, 2015 Getting rid of federal agencies that have outlived their original purposes has proved extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, in recent U.S. history. It appears President Obama has decided it is easier to instead give one such agency a new mission. The Denali Commission, an independent federal agency viewed by many...

D.C.-Area Feds Should Telework During Pope Francis’ Visit, OPM Says

September 2, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management does not want federal employees to add to the chaos that will result from Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., later this month, so it is encouraging employees in the region to stay out of their offices during his holiness’ three-day stay. Federal agencies will...

Government Awards $133M Contract to Protect 21.5M Victims of OPM Hack

September 1, 2015 The Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the General Services Administration, on Tuesday awarded a $133.3 million contract to Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC to provide protection services to 21.5 million OPM hack victims. The contract covers the first year of three years of ID theft...

Obama to Announce 'Robust' Senior Exec Reforms This Fall

September 1, 2015 The White House will unveil significant reforms of the Senior Executive Service later this fall, marking one of the Obama administration’s final attempts at improving management in the federal workforce. The Obama-created White House Advisory Group on Senior Executive Service Reform recently concluded its preliminary work and issued its proposals...

USPS Isn't Giving Up in Its Fight to Keep Stamp Prices High

September 1, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has filed yet another petition against the mandate that it end emergency price hikes, once again dragging out a process that has already lasted years. USPS made its filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Friday, just weeks after its regulatory body...

New Feds Will Default Into Riskier TSP Fund Starting Next Week

August 31, 2015 New federal employees will automatically see 3 percent of their paychecks deposited into a lifecycle fund of the Thrift Savings Plan beginning next week, the plan’s governing board has announced. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a final rule to note the default plan will change beginning Sept. 5....

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