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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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Why 400 Feds Could Be Out of a Job

September 4, 2014 Congress has a lot on its plate when it comes back to work next week. First and foremost, of course, is passing a spending measure to keep the government from once again shutting down in October. Most parties seem to agree the best course of action is to pass a ...

Why Obama's Mental Health Initiatives Will Leave Many Veterans Without Help

September 3, 2014 President Obama last week unveiled a series of measures to improve mental health care for veterans, ranging from awareness campaigns to increased funding for brain chips to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Some advocates, however, do not believe Obama’s efforts go far enough. Part of the joint Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Why Obama's Mental Health Initiatives Will Leave Many Troubled Vets Without Help

September 3, 2014 President Obama last week unveiled a series of measures to improve mental health care for veterans, ranging from awareness campaigns to increased funding for brain chips to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Some advocates, however, do not believe Obama’s efforts go far enough. Part of the joint Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Homeland Security Spent Millions on Vehicles It Rarely Used

September 2, 2014 The Homeland Security Department spent between $35 million and $49 million on underused vehicles in fiscal 2012, according to a new report. The DHS inspector general found in an audit that agencies’ fleet managers don’t have systems in place to ensure they maintain an appropriate number of vehicles as cost ...

Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds a 1 Percent Pay Raise

August 29, 2014 President Obama issued an alternative pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2015. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing a 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay ...

The Federal Agencies Most Often Accused of Discrimination

August 29, 2014 More than 15,000 federal employees filed discrimination complaints against their agencies in fiscal 2012, a 6.7 percent decrease from the previous year. Those complaints led to more than 10,000 investigations, according to a recent report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which were completed in an average of 187 days. ...

The Postal Service Paid $287K for Trailers It Either Lost or Never Received

August 28, 2014 In fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Postal Service leased 35 trailers for a distribution center in New Jersey. Nothing unordinary there -- USPS spends about $39 million annually to rent 10,000 trailers, its trucks’ cargo bodies. There was one problem with these particular trailers, however: the Postal Service ...

Federal Employees Are Donating More Than 80,000 Pounds of Food Each Day to Food Banks

August 27, 2014 Federal employees have been giving a lot lately. They gave up pay increases for three years, take-home pay through higher contributions to their retirement pensions and pay altogether during last summer’s sequestration furloughs and last fall’s government shutdown. Still, every year, federal agencies ask their employees to give more. In ...

How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans ...

How Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care

August 26, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans’ benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans ...