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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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A 'Million Options' for Funding Government, But No Clear Path Forward

September 12, 2013 With just weeks left to avoid a government shutdown, congressional leadership expressed uncertainty Thursday on the path forward for funding government. There are a “million options being discussed by a lot of people,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a press conference held at the Capitol Building Thursday. But ...

Flu Shots Fall Victim to the Sequester

September 12, 2013 Early October marks the beginning of flu season. For thousands of civilians in the Air Force, this could be a stuffy, fever-y couple of months. Due to budget constraints, the Air Force will no longer offer free influenza shots to non-military employees. In 2012, about 12,000 civilians received the free ...

VA Execs Will Leave if Congress Bans Bonuses, Group Says

September 10, 2013 Proposals to ban performance bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department are unwarranted and damaging to VA’s mission, according to a professional association representing top federal managers. The Senior Executives Association wrote a letter to Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Mike Michaud, D-Maine, the chairman and ranking member ...

Will a Busy Fall Congressional Schedule Derail Postal Reform?

September 10, 2013 The top oversight leader in the House has vowed to move forward with his bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service, despite the full plate of high-priority issues Congress currently faces. Both the House and Senate, which came back to Washington this week after a month-long recess, must vote on ...

House to Vote This Week on Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

September 9, 2013 The House plans to vote this week on a continuing resolution to fund government past the end of the fiscal year, according to Republican leadership. Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., included the spending measure in his weekly legislative schedule after lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill following a month-long recess. ...

Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

September 6, 2013 The Combined Federal Campaign -- the 52nd annual federal employee charity drive -- kicked into gear this week, hoping to reverse the recent trend of decreasing donations and participation. But the fundraiser comes during an ongoing pay freeze and the mandatory furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers. Elaine Kaplan, ...

Same-Sex Spouses Now Eligible for Veterans Benefits

September 6, 2013 President Obama has extended federal benefits to same-sex spouses of military veterans, the Justice Department announced. The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which defined marriage as between a man and a woman -- though the law did ...

Army Allows Back Pay for Civilians Who Took Extra Furlough Days

September 5, 2013 The Army will provide back pay to civilian employees who took more than the requisite number of furlough days, in exchange for giving up an equivalent amount of annual leave, according to an Army spokesman. The problem arose when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cut the number of furlough days necessary ...

Ex-EPA Employee Allegedly Made Up CIA Employment to Get Out of Work

September 5, 2013 A former executive at the Environmental Protection Agency used a series of lies and embellishments to defraud the government out of nearly $900,000, according to The Washington Post. John C. Beale allegedly told his bosses he was away from his job in order to conduct “sensitive work for another agency,” ...

Senator Calls $8.7M in Obamacare Ads a 'Blatant Misuse' of Taxpayer Funds

September 4, 2013 A Republican senator has deplored the Obama administration for using taxpayer funds to advertise the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health care overhaul. The Health and Human Services Department, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to spend $8.7 million to “promote Obamacare ...