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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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Agencies and Union Square Off Over Outsourcing Plans

July 22, 2014 The National Park Service and the Coast Guard say they will hire contractors for positions typically filled by civilian employees, something a federal union says is illegal. Both agencies say they are within their legal rights. Under federal law, agencies are prohibited from contracting out certain functions performed by civilian ...

Obama Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT Feds and Contractors

July 21, 2014 President Obama on Monday signed two executive orders to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal contractors and employees from workplace discrimination. The first order expands upon a memorandum issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating “against any employee or applicant for employment because ...

One Lawmaker’s Crusade to Green the Federal Fleet

July 18, 2014 The federal government maintains the largest fleet of vehicles of any organization in the nation. One congressman sees that as an opportunity. Over the last few years, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., has introduced the same amendment to virtually every appropriations bill to make it to the House floor. The measure ...

House Tries to Bait OMB Into Submitting Annual Budget Proposal Faster

July 17, 2014 Each year, the president is required to deliver a budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. For the last several years running, however, President Obama has delivered his proposal from one to several weeks late. To House Republicans, this is unacceptable. Tucked away in the 2015 Financial ...

Senator Wants to Ensure People Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers Get Fired

July 17, 2014 Members of Congress want to fire more federal employees. From tax delinquents to Veterans Affairs Department senior executives to workers who do not solve audited problems, lawmakers have made clear they think more feds deserve pink slips. The latest measure, introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., would require VA to ...

House OKs Bill Allowing 1 Percent Pay Raise, Despite Obama Veto Threat

July 16, 2014 A spending bill that would pave the way for a 1 percent, across-the-board pay raise for federal employees, but would also dramatically slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies, cleared the House Wednesday in a mostly party-line vote. The legislation is far from becoming law, however; even ...

Here Are All the Ways Congress Is Trying to Fix the VA

July 16, 2014 After the Veterans Affairs Department scandal broke back in May, there were a lot of proposals to fix the agency, and there was a bipartisan push to make the changes a reality. But in the weeks and months since, that momentum has slowed amid international, border and funding crises. Still, ...

UPDATED: One Chart Tracking the Many Ways Congress Wants to Fix VA

July 16, 2014 After the Veterans Affairs Department scandal broke back in May, there were a lot of proposals to fix the agency, and there was a bipartisan push to make the changes a reality. But in the weeks and months since, that momentum has slowed amid international, border and funding crises. Still, ...

Almost Everyone Agrees It’s Time to Overhaul the Federal Pay System

July 15, 2014 From Democrats to Republicans and administration officials to independent auditors, everyone seems to agree the current General Schedule pay system is extremely outdated and an overhaul of federal employees’ compensation is in order. While admitting there is a problem is always the first step, actually solving it remains as elusive ...

The Air Force Is Offering Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...