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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Defense Chief Says Treatment of Civilians Is ‘Appalling’

September 17, 2015 The Defense Department’s civilian personnel system is so broken it’s a wonder anyone sticks around to work there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference just outside Washington, Carter promoted the department’s Force of the Future initiative, which he said...

Lawmakers to EPA Chief: Fire Employees Over Self-Created Spill

September 17, 2015 Lawmakers in both parties on Thursday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to fire employees involved in the massive spill of contaminated mine water into the Animas and San Juan rivers, though the agency’s chief did not make any guarantees that she would follow their advice. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told...

EXCLUSIVE: Senator Introduces Bill in Yet Another Attempt to Save the U.S. Postal Service

September 17, 2015 A new attempt at overhauling the U.S. Postal Service will focus less on dramatic cuts to the mailing agency than previous failed legislative efforts, and more on stabilizing operations while freeing up cash in light of quickly declining mail volumes. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., ranking member of the Homeland Security...

Here's Everything Feds Need to Know About Wednesday's GOP Debates

September 16, 2015 Fifteen Republican candidates debated a wide variety of issues in a primetime debate Wednesday. The top 11 contenders in polls engaged in nearly three hours of political barbs and bickering. Here are the highlights of the discussion of issues that related to reforming the federal government and its workforce, listed...

Lawmakers Push for Immediate Back Pay for Feds if Government Shuts Down

September 16, 2015 Lawmakers are starting to prepare for a government shutdown, and they want to make sure federal employees are taken care of if the ensuing furloughs come to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., on Wednesday introduced the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act, which would guarantee that employees forced to not...

Obama Tells Agencies to Hire Experts in Giving People Exactly What They Want

September 15, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make agencies use hard evidence to deliver services to Americans in ways that are easier to understand and result in better, more informed choices by program recipients. Obama’s executive order formally established the White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and tasked...

Scott Walker Promises to Eliminate ‘Corrosive’ Federal Unions Entirely

September 14, 2015 As promised, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., expanded upon his promise to bring changes to federal employee unions, and his latest proposal is actually quite simple: eliminate the labor groups entirely. The 2016 presidential candidate released a policy “white paper” Monday spelling out an array of reforms he would seek for...

Lawmakers Look to Bring More Former Felons to Federal Ranks

September 14, 2015 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to make it easier for applicants with criminal records to receive a federal job. The Fair Chance Act would aim to boost formerly incarcerated individuals’ ability to receive federal employment by restricting agencies and contractors from asking about applicants’ criminal history until a conditional...

Lawmakers: Give Obama What He Wants to Avoid Shutdown

September 11, 2015 Several Democrats have an idea to stave off the looming government shutdown: give President Obama exactly what he wants. A new bill would call for negotiations to raise the spending caps established by the 2011 Budget Control Act with corresponding offsets. If those efforts failed, however, the measure would automatically...

Scott Walker Has a Plan to Cripple Federal Employee Unions

September 11, 2015 Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a name for himself battling public-sector unions, and now he wants to take that fight to the federal level. During a speech in Illinois Thursday, Walker said he would take on federal employee labor groups on his first day in office....

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