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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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After Years of Cutting Funding, Republicans Seek to Privatize Part of the IRS

July 22, 2015 A new compromise package to fund the nation’s surface transportation projects would privatize a major function of the Internal Revenue Service, delighting Republican lawmakers looking to shrink the agency but rankling its advocates. The highway funding bill crafted in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Barbara...

Democrats Call for Immediate Negotiations to Stave Off Shutdown

July 21, 2015 The clock is ticking down until appropriations across federal government lapse, and House Democrats want to get the ball rolling on finding a solution to avoid a government shutdown. Agencies are only currently funded through September, and with Congress set to recess for the entire month of August, there are...

OPM to Charge Agencies for Services Offered to Hack Victims

July 21, 2015 This story was updated with additional comment from OPM. The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to pitch in to help pay for the credit monitoring services being offered to the 21.5 million individuals affected by the hack of background investigation data it maintains. OPM and the Interior Department...

Jeb Bush: Strip Feds of Automatic Pay Raises and Due Process

July 20, 2015 Jeb Bush on Monday outlined how he would overhaul the federal civil service if he is elected president, including a proposal to transform the pay raise system for all federal employees. Speaking at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., the former Florida governor said the current practice of awarding the...

Shrinking the 'Beast' of the Federal Workforce, and Other Ideas From the Campaign Trail

July 17, 2015 There are now more than 20 major candidates officially running for president in the 2016 election, and all of them have some ideas for making the federal government work better. They have incorporated those ideas, to varying degrees, in their campaign stops throughout the early primary states and in major...

Agencies Are Poaching Executives From Other Agencies to Avoid Messy Hiring System

July 16, 2015 Federal agencies are struggling to recruit employees from the private sector into their workforces, so they have turned to a new candidate pool: other federal agencies. Nearly half of career federal executives said they were approached about a job by an agency outside of their own between 2013 and 2014,...

USPS Can’t Afford to Reopen Facilities and Add Employees Like Congress Wants

July 16, 2015 A provision tacked on to a funding bill in Congress would force the U.S. Postal Service to spend $300 million next year on hiring more employees and reopening facilities, according to a new estimate. The House Appropriations Committee’s amendment would actually come with a price tag of more than $1...

House Panel Approves Bill to Ease Firing of 300K Feds

July 15, 2015 The House moved closer on Wednesday to stripping all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department of most of their due process rights, looking to expand a law enacted last year that applied only to VA’s senior executives. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the 2015 VA Accountability Act by a...

New OPM Chief Calls Anxious Lawmakers to Share Her ‘Enthusiasm’ for Fixing Agency

July 14, 2015 As the Office of Personnel Management weighs its options for pursuing a contractor, lawmakers are keeping the pressure on the new leadership at the agency to provide appropriate protections to victims of the hack of background investigation information it maintains. Newly appointed acting OPM Director Beth Cobert, who assumed the...

Feds’ Pay Raise Takes Unexpected Diversion

July 14, 2015 The fate of next year's across-the-board federal employee pay raise should have become much more clear this week, as House lawmakers had planned a vote on the legislation allowing the pay boost to take effect. As is often the case with issues important to the federal workforce, however, the bill...