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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DHS Promises Accountability for Secret Service Agents Who Illegally Accessed Lawmaker’s Rejected Job Application

October 1, 2015 Secret Service agents illegally accessed the “sensitive personal information” of a congressman who once applied for a job at the agency, which was then shared with the media to embarrass the lawmaker who had led oversight investigations into the agency’s scandals. A Homeland Security Department inspector general report initiated at...

Obama Admin Seeks to Rotate More Mid-Level Feds Throughout Government

September 30, 2015 The Obama administration wants more of its mid-level managers to rotate throughout government, according to a new memorandum from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM said in a letter to all agencies’ human resources staff it would encourage more General Schedule 13-15s to participate in the Interagency Rotation Program, an...

Lawmakers Reach Deal to Cut DoD Workforce, Overhaul Military Retirement

September 30, 2015 Headquarters, administrative and support offices across the Defense Department would have to reduce their workforces by 25 percent over the next five years under an agreement unveiled by congressional negotiators on Tuesday. The 2016 defense authorization compromise bill would require $10 billion in cuts, half of which must occur by...

Feds Will Pay 7.4 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2016

September 29, 2015 Federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 7.4 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2016, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $5.50 more per paycheck, while those with family coverage will...

See Who Would Get Furloughed in a 2015 Shutdown

September 28, 2015 The shutdown deadline is just two days away, and while it looks like Congress will temporarily stave off the disaster of an appropriations lapse, agencies are not taking any chances. The Office of Management and Budget has released federal entities' shutdown contingency plans, which detail which programs and offices that...

Obama Administration to Bring Tighter Oversight to Senior Execs’ Bonuses, Performance Reviews

September 25, 2015 The Obama administration will impose next month a new, more standardized performance system for the federal government’s top career civil servants, issuing a final rule on Friday, nine months after officials first proposed the plan. The Office of Personnel Management’s new regulations will go into effect Oct. 26, creating new...

Union Leader Promises to ‘Torture’ Lawmakers Until They Fund Government

September 24, 2015 With less than one week until the deadline for Congress to fund federal agencies, a federal employee union vowed on Thursday not to take a shutdown “lying down.” The American Federation of Government Employees is putting into motion its plan to organize members into rallying against a shutdown, according to...

Federal Employees Should Use Uber More, Lawmaker Says

September 24, 2015 The federal government maintains a fleet of more than 630,000 vehicles, which comes with an annual price tag of more than $4.4 billion. Rather than managing what is the largest fleet held by any organization in the country, one lawmaker has introduced a bill to help federal agencies embrace the...

Facing Renewed Threat, 20,000 Feds Are Still Suing Government Over Last Shutdown

September 23, 2015 As federal employees gear up for the possibility of another government shutdown, tens of thousands are still waiting for justice for the last one. More than 20,000 individuals forced to work without pay during the 16-day shutdown in October 2013 have joined a collective action lawsuit against the government, alleging...

White House, Agencies Begin Prepping for ‘Executing an Orderly Shutdown’

September 22, 2015 Federal agencies submitted their shutdown plans to the White House in August as part of a new effort to plan for a potential failure by Congress to pass spending bills, and the Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing those blueprints. After the 2013 shutdown, OMB told agencies they...

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