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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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Obama Pushes Contractors to Be Greener, More Worker-Friendly

August 24, 2016 The Obama administration has finalized plans to bring more scrutiny to potential federal contractors' histories of violating labor laws, releasing twin final regulations that will publish Thursday to implement a 2014 executive order. A final rule from the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA, and final guidance from the...

Specially Hired Federal Interns and Recent Grads Are Staying in Government

August 23, 2016 More than 90 percent of federal interns, fellows and other non-competitively hired recent graduates planned to stay in government in the immediate future as of fiscal 2014, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Additionally, 87 percent of the young workers hired through the Pathways Programs...

Agencies Can Indefinitely Suspend Indicted Feds, Board Rules

August 22, 2016 Federal agencies may suspend indefinitely any employees potentially involved in a crime before they are found guilty, according to a new ruling, as long as they have been indicted by a grand jury. In Henderson v. The Veterans Affairs Department, the central, Senate-confirmed members of the Merit Systems Protection Board...

Federal Agencies Must Allow Trans Individuals Access to Bathrooms of Their Choosing

August 22, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from the AFGE president. Federal agencies must allow transgender individuals to use whatever bathroom they prefer, according to a new policy issued by the Obama administration last week. The announcement came just days before a federal court on Monday blocked previous administration...

EPA Paid Transit Benefits to Employees Who Left the Agency

August 17, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 continued giving transit benefits to more than one-third of its headquarters employees who left the organization, according to a new report, while in other areas it bought transit cards for employees who did not use the benefit. EPA has largely ignored oversight requirements from...

Hurricane Season May Entitle Feds to Advance Pay, Enable Agencies to Skip Hiring Procedures

August 16, 2016 The Obama administration is reminding agencies they have an array of flexibilities to address emergency workforce needs during hurricane season. The Office of Personnel Management urged agencies to “make advance preparations” for various measures they may need to undertake to assist employees affected by extreme weather or to fill gaps...

How the Postal Service Can Keep Up With Amazon and Uber

August 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Postal Service may soon find itself falling behind new developments in the shipping industry, according to new research from the agency’s auditor, as companies like Amazon and Uber are increasingly making package delivery and logistics a fundamental part of their business models. While USPS is not inherently a...

How the Postal Service Can Keep Up With Amazon and Uber

August 15, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service may soon find itself falling behind new developments in the shipping industry, according to new research from the agency’s auditor, as companies like Amazon and Uber are increasingly making package delivery and logistics a fundamental part of their business models. While USPS is not inherently a...

Come October, Most Feds on Official Travel Will Have More Money for Lodging

August 12, 2016 Government travel per diem rates will tick up slightly in fiscal 2017, the General Services Administration announced Friday. The standard lodging per diem rate for will increase $2 from $89 to $91, starting on Oct. 1. Coverage of meals and incidental expenses will remain stagnant, ranging from the standard rate...

Half of Americans Think Unions Have Too Much Political Influence

August 12, 2016 Half of American voters think labor unions have an outsized role in the country’s politics, a new poll has found. Additionally, according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, 57 percent of respondents say union leaders are out of touch with their members. Just one in five Americans believe labor...