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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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VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through ...

VA Employees Say They Are ‘Prisoners of a System’ They Can’t Change

March 4, 2015 Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald at a congressional hearing Wednesday laid out a vision for the future of his department that includes far fewer VA facilities and a more “hybrid” approach to veterans health care that will involve both public and private resources. McDonald trumpeted the buzzword of reform through ...

What Is Actually in the Homeland Security Funding Bill

March 4, 2015 The impasse has ended. The Homeland Security Department is not shutting down. What does that mean for the department and its 225,000 employees? For starters, 30,000 workers will not be forced to take unpaid furloughs next week, and the remaining employees will not have to report to work without pay. ...

Lawmakers Look to Give More Postal Employees Appeal Rights

March 3, 2015 A new bill would give more U.S. Postal Service employees the right to appeal negative personnel actions, potentially providing thousands of workers with a new ability to present their cases to a third party. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester, Mont., and Brian Schatz, Hawaii, introduced the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendment ...

Feds Will Miss a Pay Raise Champion

March 2, 2015 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced on Monday she will not be seeking re-election when her term expires next year. The lawmaker was known for many things, including being the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, but to federal employees Mikulski was best known as a champion. Her position as ...

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations

March 2, 2015 The Homeland Security Department avoided a shutdown on Friday, although it did so with just hours to spare and only temporarily. The shutdown clock has been reset, once again with a Friday at midnight deadline. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson cautioned Congress to avoid a short-term funding measure, saying the uncertainty ...

Ted Cruz Wants to Reform Federal Hiring

February 27, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is better known for blocking federal employees from working than he is for helping them get a job. The man often cited as the architect of the 2013 government shutdown is, perhaps, attempting to change that perception. Cruz and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., have backed a ...

Lawmakers Call for Shutdown Solidarity, Offer to Refuse Pay If DHS Closes

February 26, 2015 Due to congressional inaction, hundreds of thousands of federal employees may soon have their pay cut off. Some lawmakers see this as an injustice. This has led Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., to introduce the No Homeland Security, No Pay Act, which would withhold the pay of members of Congress if ...

DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Status

February 25, 2015 The Homeland Security Department has begun notifying the employees who would face furloughs if the agency shuts down at midnight on Friday of their impending unpaid, non-work status, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. The notifications have gone out on an informal basis, Johnson said at a press conference, rather ...

More Than 300,000 Non-Defense Feds Made Six Figures in 2014

February 25, 2015 About 308,000 federal employees took home more than $100,000 in salary in 2014, according to a partial database of pay information. That is roughly 30 percent of the employees included in the database compiled by FedSmith.com, using information compiled from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies. It does ...