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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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Congressional Crusader for Firing More Feds Announces Retirement

March 10, 2016 One of the main congressional proponents of making it easier for federal agencies to fire their employees will retire this year, he announced Thursday. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has chaired the House Veterans' Affairs Committee for the last six years. He has frequently deplored Veterans Affairs Department officials for their...

Lawmakers to VA Officials: Focus on Employees, Not More Spending

March 10, 2016 Lawmakers blasted the Veterans Affairs Department on Thursday for trying to throw money at a problem that can, they said, only truly be fixed by bringing accountability to a culture of corruption that persists at VA. The Senate Appropriations Committee panel on VA held a hearing to assess the department's...

Lawmakers From Both Parties Renew Pushback on Postal Closures

March 9, 2016 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing deep skepticism over the U.S. Postal Service's plans to shutter more facilities and in the process shed more jobs as part of its consolidation strategy, pointing to the initial closures that actually lost money for the agency. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.,...

The Pentagon's New Grading System for Civilians May Take Even Longer to Get Started

March 9, 2016 A federal labor union is balking at the Defense Department’s approach to implementing a new performance rating system for civilian employees, although union officials insist they support the program overall. The main sticking point seems to be that the Pentagon wants to begin rolling out the program, known as New...

Union Tries to Delay April 1 Start of Pentagon's New Civilian Personnel System

March 8, 2016 A federal labor union is balking at the Defense Department’s approach to implementing a new performance rating system for civilian employees, although union officials insist they support the program overall. The main sticking point seems to be that the Pentagon wants to begin rolling out the program, known as New...

House Republicans Look to Boost Pentagon's Civilian Workforce Through Hiring Reform

March 7, 2016 The Defense Department should have an easier time permanently hiring its temporary employees, according to Republican lawmakers who introduced a bill last week they said would grow the department’s civilian workforce. The 2016 Department of Defense Workforce Flexibility Act would give temporary workers a leg up when applying to vacant,...

Federal Employees Appeals Board Processes Record Number of Cases in 2015

March 4, 2016 The quasi-judicial agency tasked with hearing appeals of adverse actions taken by federal agencies against their employees processed and adjudicated a record number of cases in fiscal 2015, walloping the previous record set one year earlier. The Merit Systems Protection Board processed 28,509 cases last year, the agency said in...

How Trump Would Manage the Federal Government

March 3, 2016 Donald Trump has received significant criticism for failing to disclose details on how he would implement his policy proposals, especially when it comes to deporting millions of undocumented individuals living in the United States and building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump, however, has a simple response. “It’s called...

Insurance for Domestic Partners, Pay Cuts for Federal Agents and More

March 2, 2016 The Obama administration has been busy updating the federal government’s regulations relating to shared benefits ever since the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s requirement that spouses must be of the opposite sex. This week, the Office of Personnel Management updated the applicability of the...

Lawmakers Want to Know Everything About Official Union Time, Down to Square Footage of Offices Used

March 1, 2016 Federal agencies may soon have to ramp up their reporting on how often employees conduct union duty while receiving a taxpayer-funded salary, with a House committee on Tuesday approving a measure to boost the oversight of the practice of official time. The bill, introduced in January by Rep. Dennis Ross,...