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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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Harry Reid: Let's Not Wait Until the Last Minute to Avoid a Shutdown

August 12, 2015 Come to the negotiating table and let’s avoid a self-inflicted disaster. That is the message Democrats have been delivering to their Republican counterparts for months, and it is a message the party’s Senate leader reiterated on Tuesday. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a New York Times op-ed the Republican-led...

The Only Candidate Making Federal Workforce Issues a Campaign Centerpiece Is Climbing the Polls

August 12, 2015 In nearly every public appearance Carly Fiorina makes, she brings up the need to rein in the out-of-control federal bureaucracy. Why is her private sector experience as the former CEO of Hewlett Packard important? Because she knows how to handle large bureaucracies. How can she spin her laying off 30,000...

The EPA Is Working With Several Federal Agencies to Clean Up Its Self-Created Disaster

August 11, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency has deployed dozens of employees to respond to its release of a mine’s wastewater into two rivers in at least three southwestern states, and is coordinating with several federal entities to clean up the massive spill that has caused the governor of Colorado to declare a...

Sorry Feds: You Have to Bring Your Own Plates and Forks to Work

August 11, 2015 In a decision that was five years in the making, government auditors have ruled that federal employees are on their own when it comes to disposable cups, plates and cutlery. Upon reconsideration of a decision originally released in December, the Government Accountability Office determined appropriated funds at the National Weather...

The U.S. Postal Service’s Streak of Positive Financial News Has Ended

August 10, 2015 The Postal Service reported a $586 million loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and for the first time in nearly two years did not post an operational profit. USPS saw a loss in controllable costs of $197 million, compared to a $10 million operational profit in the same...

Federal Hiring Reform Bill Heads for Obama’s Signature

August 7, 2015 The Senate this week passed a bill to ease the transition from temporary employment to a full-time job for certain seasonal workers, sending the reform to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. Congress’ bipartisan approval marked a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have attempted to address...

Here's Everything Feds Need to Know About Thursday's GOP Debates

August 6, 2015 The 10 Republicans atop the polls for the party’s nomination for president in 2016 took to the debate stage in prime time Thursday, where they discussed a variety of issues and traded some pointed barbs. On several occasions, candidates addressed issues related to civil servants and the size of the...

Lawmaker Calls for More Heads to Roll at OPM Amid Alleged Interference With Hack Investigations

August 6, 2015 A lawmaker is calling on a member of the Office of Personnel Management’s leadership to resign in relation to the hacks of data maintained by the agency and its ensuing response, but the leader is defiantly promising to stay on. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. OPM Chief...

Higher Medicare Premiums for Former Feds, Another Crack at Lifetime Credit Monitoring and More

August 5, 2015 Some federal retirees could soon see a major uptick in their Medicare premiums thanks to a loophole that fails to protect them from low inflation rates. Because inflation is currently low, there is no cost-of-living adjustment set to kick in for federal retirees or Social Security recipients in 2016. When...

The Federal Government Expects to Spend $500M on Post-Hack Benefits by 2020

August 5, 2015 The federal government spelled out in a request for submissions from contractors how it plans to respond to future hacks of personnel data, a tacit acknowledgment no amount of system security bolstering can effectively prevent breaches from happening altogether. The General Services Administration on Tuesday evening put forth a request...

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