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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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Attacks on Feds Spike at Some Agencies

June 1, 2016 Even before an armed militia took control of a federal facility in Oregon earlier this year, attacks on land management employees and other federal workers spiked in 2015, according to a new report. Threats and assaults jumped primarily at the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, according...

Lawmakers Want U.S. Government to Prosecute Feds Committing Crimes Abroad

May 31, 2016 A new bill would allow the U.S. government to prosecute federal employees and contractors who commit crimes while stationed overseas. The Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act would “close a gap” to ensure government employees and contractors working outside of the country are not “immune” from prosecution for their crimes, said Rep....

Flexibility or More Money? Lawmakers Push Competing Bills to Help TSA Overcome Long Lines

May 31, 2016 The top lawmakers with oversight of the Transportation Security Administration want to give the embattled agency more flexibility to move its employees around to deal with its current wait time crisis. A proposed measure would allow TSA to use employees not typically deployed to screen airport passengers, such as the...

Was a Senator’s Report on Waste in Federal Science Grants More Wasteful Than the Research Itself?

May 27, 2016 When a federal agency spends $1.1 million to fund research into whether and why female cheerleaders look more attractive when together with other female cheerleaders, it is likely to raise some eyebrows. For Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., it was a real head-scratcher. The senator earlier this month released a report...

Pentagon to Cut Secretary's Staff By 300—In Four Years

May 27, 2016 The Defense Department intends to reach its self-inflicted 25 percent cuts to headquarters staff without forcing out many employees, a top Pentagon official said this week. Instead, the department will rely on relocating employees and attrition measures to cut nearly 1,600 positions. The changes will save Defense $1.9 billion by...

Pentagon Promises Voluntary Measures for Most Civilian Staff Reductions

May 26, 2016 The Defense Department intends to reach its self-inflicted 25 percent cuts to headquarters staff without forcing out many employees, a top Pentagon official said this week. Instead, the department will rely on relocating employees and attrition measures to cut nearly 1,600 positions. The changes will save Defense $1.9 billion by...

Postal Unions Extend Deadline to Avoid Impasse in Labor Talks

May 25, 2016 Two major unions representing employees at the U.S. Postal Service have reached a stalemate in negotiations with the agency, leading the parties to agree to continue the status quo. The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union’s collective bargaining agreement -- in place since 2013...

Does TSA Have Itself to Blame for Its Current Crisis?

May 25, 2016 A Senate panel on Tuesday voted to boost spending at the Transportation Security Administration by $228 million in fiscal 2017, a 3 percent increase for the agency reeling from long lines at airports and high job vacancy rates. The Senate Appropriations Committee’s homeland security panel agreed to an appropriations measure...

House Republicans Appear Willing to Accept Largest Federal Pay Raise in Six Years

May 24, 2016 Congressional Republicans do not appear to have any appetite to stand in the way of President Obama giving federal employees a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017, with appropriators including language in a spending bill released Tuesday to allow the increase. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to...

Powerful House Republicans Endorse Major Funding Increase for USPS Regulator

May 23, 2016 It is not often that two conservative lawmakers, one a member of the Freedom Caucus, publicly advocate for a proposal put forward by President Obama, especially when that proposal is asking for more government spending. Such is the case, however, with the White House’s request to boost the funding for...

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