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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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EPA to Congress: Help Us Fire Misbehaving Employees

June 27, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief this week encouraged Congress to reduce administrative hurdles involved in firing unruly employees, who have plagued the agency in recent months. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members pressed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a hearing on why employees who spent hours each day looking ...

Lawmakers Want Agencies to Share Information on Job Applicants

June 26, 2014 A pair of Democratic senators has introduced a bill to improve federal hiring by allowing agencies to share information on job applicants. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applications with each other. The Competitive Service Act, sponsored by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, ...

Senior Execs Are Leaving Federal Service at a Faster Clip

June 26, 2014 The federal government’s senior executives are leaving the civil service at a rapidly increasing rate, according to a new report, creating the possibility for a significant shortage of qualified top managers. Graduate students at The George Washington University, in conjunction with the Senior Executives Association, found through analysis of data ...

Agencies, Congress Work to Ensure Government Isn’t Overpaying Employees

June 25, 2014 The next paycheck for some federal contractors will be a lot a smaller. Or at least the portion paid by Uncle Sam. The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA issued an interim rule on Tuesday to lower the maximum reimbursable pay for federal contractors by nearly half. The rule ...

House Committee Requires USPS to Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

June 25, 2014 A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. The amendment, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and Tom ...

EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

June 25, 2014 Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently. Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography. It appears, however, that ...

VA Conferees Agree on One Thing: Fire More Bureaucrats

June 24, 2014 While significant policy gaps remain among lawmakers working to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department, legislators from both parties and houses agreed on Tuesday that making it easier to fire employees is essential to any reform effort. Members of both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees pledged to move quickly ...

White House Continues to Expand Benefits to Same-Sex Federal Couples

June 23, 2014 Gay federal employees will soon be eligible for leave to care for their ill same-sex spouses, the latest in a series of measures taken by the Obama administration to push for federal benefits for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Office of Personnel Management issued a proposed rule ...

House Panel Moves Postal Service Closer to Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery

June 23, 2014 The House has taken a major step to allow the U.S. Postal Service to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations subcommittee -- headed by Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla. -- did not include a rider in its version of the fiscal 2015 funding bill to require ...

Why Some Air Traffic Controllers Are Too Tired to Safely Navigate Planes

June 13, 2014 Air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration work shifts that cause fatigue and poor performance on the job, according to a new report. The National Research Council detailed a litany of concerns with FAA’s staffing and scheduling processes, noting some policies create safety concerns. The researchers suggested the agency ...