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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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Americans' Biggest Problem in 2015? Government

January 4, 2016 The country’s No. 1 problem in the year that just passed was its government, according to a new survey. The Gallup poll found for the second consecutive year, more Americans identified Uncle Sam as the “most important problem facing the United States” than any other issue. An average of 16...

Some Agencies Directed to Consider Temporary Employees for Permanent Promotions

January 4, 2016 Some agencies must now consider their seasonal employees when making internal promotions, according to new guidance from the Obama administration on a law the president signed in 2015. Roughly 10,000 temporary federal employees can benefit from the enactment of the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, for which the Office of...

How the Justice Department Uses Historians to Prosecute War Criminals

December 24, 2015 After getting his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, historian Jeff Richter thought he would kick off his career with a brief stint in federal service. After catching the bug for Nazi hunting, however, he decided to make a career of it. Richter is part of the Justice Department’s Human...

Curbing Unions, ‘Rolling Heads’ at Agencies and More From the Campaign Trail

December 23, 2015 In recent weeks, the presidential race has seemed to focus almost exclusively on national security -- or whatever Donald Trump happens to be talking about. That has not completely prevented the candidates from discussing issues important to federal employees, however. On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was asked at a...

Secret Service Agent's Gun, Badge Stolen From Vehicle

December 22, 2015 The Secret Service has endured its fair share of scandals in 2015, and it seems it will end the year with at least one more. The agency filed a police report on Monday in Washington, D.C., after an agent’s gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen out of...

Hourly Federal Employees Will Receive a Pay Raise Too

December 22, 2015 President Obama’s decree last week to give federal employees a pay raise was not entirely universal. While Congress must simply stay silent to allow the White House to move forward with its desired pay increase (or freeze), the president’s order applies only to the majority of federal workers receiving an...

SES No Longer Accomplishing Its Stated Purpose, Report Finds

December 21, 2015 The federal government’s top civil servants are no longer serving in the role designed for them, according to a new report, leading the executives to receive less training and development than is necessary. There is a significant “divide between the original vision of the [Senior Executive Service] and the practice,”...

Senate Passes Measure to Crack Down on Feds’ Charge Card Abuse

December 18, 2015 The Senate this week voted to tighten controls and increase oversight of federal employees’ use of agency charge cards, taking action after a string of recent reports of abuse. The 2015 Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act, introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.,...

Winners and Losers in the Omnibus Spending Bill

December 17, 2015 Earlier this week, Congress unveiled a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that spells out line-by-line spending levels for federal agencies and each of their programs and offices. Lawmakers are expected to approve the measure Friday. While the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act struck in October that set top-line funding levels for...

Spending Deal Keeps Feds, Troops on Track for 1.3 Percent Raise

December 16, 2015 Federal civilian employees and military service members would receive a 1.3 percent pay raise next year under the fiscal 2016 spending package congressional appropriators unveiled late on Tuesday. The $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which funds federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2016, allows for the 1 percent base pay raise for...