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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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NPS Chief Asks for More Firing Authority as Lawmakers Deride Agency for Employing ‘Scum’

June 14, 2016 Add the National Park Service to the list. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis joined the growing ranks of agency heads across government asking for more firing authority. “I would certainly appreciate the willingness of the committee to work with us on some reform in this...

Senate Looks Likely to Support Easier Outsourcing at the Pentagon

June 13, 2016 Lawmakers and federal employee advocates are pushing back against legislation that would ease the process of outsourcing at the Defense Department, but so far have made little progress in maintaining an obstacle to contracting out government functions in place since 2010. A provision of the annual Defense Department authorization bill...

Federal Court: Agencies Can Punish Employees for Refusing to Break Rules

June 10, 2016 The State Department acted properly when it punished an employee for refusing to carry out a rule-breaking assignment, a federal court has decided, setting a new precedent in the federal workforce. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a ruling originally determined by the Merit Systems Protection Board in Rainey v....

Lawmakers Again Try to Make USPS Deliver Mail Faster, Keep More Facilities Open

June 10, 2016 This story has been updated. A House committee on Thursday advanced a measure to reinstate U.S. Postal Service delivery standards from 2012, which would effectively halt any of the agency’s desired facility closures. The provision was attached as an amendment to the financial services and general government appropriations bill after...

Obama Unhappy With Senate Proposal to ‘Upend’ His Security Clearance Reform Plans

June 9, 2016 The Senate on Thursday continued to debate a measure that would ignore the Obama administration’s attempt to bring the security clearance process under a new entity housed within the Office of Personnel Management and instead move Defense Department background investigations to the Pentagon. The White House has issued a veto...

Senators Push for Acting OPM Director’s Confirmation

June 9, 2016 A group of lawmakers is renewing a push to make the acting head of the Office of Personnel Management its official, confirmed chief, noting her nomination has languished for seven months. Both Maryland’s Senate delegation -- Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin -- and Virginia’s -- Tim Kaine and Mark Warner...

Feds Hacked in OPM Breach Could Still Receive More Benefits

June 8, 2016 Federal employees and other victims of the hacks of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management may still receive more expansive or longer protection, according to the head of the company currently providing those services. The 21.5 million victims of the breach of information collected during background investigations of...

Bill Would Turn Veterans Health Administration Into Nonprofit Corporation

June 7, 2016 A member of the House Republican leadership on Tuesday released draft legislation to completely overhaul the way veterans receive health care, in part by turning the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care component into a government-chartered nonprofit corporation. The Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act, introduced by Rep....

Postal Service Has a New Role: Unwitting Drug Courier

June 3, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is making it easy for drug traffickers to ship their products into the United States, according to the agency’s top congressional overseer, and lawmakers want to know more about what USPS is doing to stop it. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight and...

Agency Funding in Limbo as House and Senate Forge Different Paths

June 2, 2016 Funding federal agencies for fiscal 2017 should be easier than most years, as a two-year budget agreement has already set the top-line spending totals. In Congress, of course, nothing really comes that easy. When the Energy and Water Appropriations Act failed on the House floor last week, it marked the...

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