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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Feds Petition for Paid Day Off After Thanksgiving

November 16, 2015 It has become commonplace for federal employees to ask the White House for an extra day off around Christmas. And often, that wish is granted. Now, some feds are feeling a bit greedy it seems, sending President Obama a new holiday request: closing the federal government on the day after...

DHS’ Massively Over-Budget Immigration Project Draws Bipartisan Scrutiny

November 16, 2015 A House committee is launching an investigation into a Homeland Security Department initiative gone awry, looking to get answers into why a digitalization project has taken longer and cost significantly more than originally expected. A bipartisan letter signed by leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to DHS...

USPS Posts $5.1 Billion Net Loss in 2015 Despite Growing Revenue

November 13, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service turned an operational profit of $1.2 billion in fiscal 2015, marking the third consecutive year its revenue exceeded its controllable costs, though it continued to bleed into the red with a net loss of $5.1 billion due to external requirements from Congress. While the agency actually...

Feds Warned Not to Tweet Political Views on the Job

November 12, 2015 If federal employees want to tell the world they #FeeltheBern or #StandWithRand or are ready to put it in #CruzControl, they are welcome to do so. Just not while they are on the clock. Such is the message from the Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency with oversight...

Feds Will Soon Begin Limited Testing of Body Cameras

November 12, 2015 Despite pressure from immigration advocacy groups and even the White House for equipping law enforcement personnel with body cameras, Customs and Border Protection continues to have reservations about the technology. More than a year after CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske ordered a review of the feasibility of requiring agency law...

Postal Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

November 12, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored a major endorsement Thursday, with one of the U.S. Postal Service unions throwing its support behind the Democratic presidential candidate. The American Postal Workers Union’s National Executive Board voted on the endorsement, rallying behind Sanders’ call for a “political revolution,” according to the group’s President...

Ted Cruz Would Put 150,000 Feds on Notice and Eliminate Automatic Pay Raises

November 11, 2015 One Republican presidential candidate wants to eliminate federal agencies so badly he has proposed doing away with one department twice. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Republican presidential candidates' debate Tuesday said he would eradicate five major agencies if elected president, but inadvertently mentioned the Commerce Department twice. In a...

OPM Seeks to Define How to Keep Feds Engaged

November 11, 2015 Just about every federal stakeholder has at some point in the past few years discussed the need to improve federal employee engagement. But what did they mean when they said that? What does an engaged federal employees look like? What can federal leaders do, specifically, to make their workers more...

OPM Has Sent Notifications to About One-Third of Hack Victims

November 10, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has sent out 7.7 million notifications to victims of data breaches to let them know their personal information was compromised, according to the agency. This is slightly more than one-third of the total number of notifications the agency plans to issue. The pace for sending...

Feds Earn 35 Percent Less Than Private Sector Workers, Group Says

November 9, 2015 Federal employees remain significantly underpaid compared to their private sector counterparts, according to a review by a group advising the president on federal wages, with feds’ pay lagging 35 percent behind non-federal workers performing similar jobs. The Federal Salary Council, made up of federal employee union representatives and pay experts,...

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