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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DHS Exposes Thousands of Individuals' Private Information -- Including Feds, Golfers and Priests

September 6, 2016 Customs and Border Protection released the personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of individuals to dozens of federal agencies during an investigation of cheating on polygraph tests. CBP violated some aspects of the Privacy Act in distributing the information across government, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general...

Obama Accepts Most of Panel’s VA Health Reform Proposals, but Rejects Core Changes

September 2, 2016 President Obama has committed to more Veterans Affairs Department reforms, though he rejected several of the core principles of change that a congressionally-chartered commission proposed to better deliver private sector health options to VA care recipients. Overall, Obama told congressional leadership he agreed with 15 of the Commission on Care’s...

Democrats Want Short-Term Spending Bill to Stave Off Shutdown

September 1, 2016 Federal agencies could be heading for yet another short-term, stopgap measure to start off the fiscal year in October, as signaled by the Democratic leader in the Senate on Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters his party would accept a continuing resolution through Christmas, but not into...

Watchdog: The ‘Window’ Into Government Performance Is Pretty Cloudy

August 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is the Obama administration meeting its own performance goals? There’s no way to know, because the website supposed to track and report progress isn’t doing so in a meaningful way, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. According to GAO, the website, which is “intended to...

Watchdog: The ‘Window’ Into Government Performance Is Pretty Cloudy

August 31, 2016 Is the Obama administration meeting its own performance goals? There’s no way to know, because the website that’s supposed to track and report progress isn’t doing so in a meaningful way, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. According to GAO, the website, which is “intended...

Most, But Not All, USDA Offices Reopen After Threats Against Employees

August 31, 2016 Most of the offices the Agriculture Department closed on Tuesday due to threats against personnel and facilities reopened Wednesday, though some remain shuttered indefinitely. All but the Forest Service and National Resource Conservation Service offices in Hamden, Conn., and the department facility in Leetown, W.Va., reopened Wednesday. The remaining offices...

USDA Closes Offices After Threats to Employees and Facilities

August 30, 2016 This story has been updated with more information about the nature of the threats. Employees at Agriculture Department facilities across the country have been sent home due to multiple anonymous threats made against the department’s facilities and personnel. USDA received the threats Monday and closed six offices “as a precaution,”...

As 10,000th Syrian Refugee is Admitted to U.S., White House Thanks Feds

August 29, 2016 The Obama administration on Monday announced that the United States settled its 10,000th Syrian refugee, giving a special shout out to the federal employees who made the accomplishment possible. President Obama last year called for a significant uptick in the number of Syrian refugees the government would accept in fiscal...

Many Feds Like Trump, but Nearly All Trump Supporters Hate Government

August 29, 2016 Donald Trump supporters do not like federal employees very much, though the feeling does not appear to be mutual. Trump supporters are nearly united in their frustration with federal government policies, according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, with 96 percent saying they are “angry” at them. Just 36...

TSA Union Says Heavy-Handed Leadership Is Making Employees’ Low Morale Worse

August 26, 2016 The Transportation Security Administration is robbing its employees of the bargaining rights held by all other federal employees, according to the union that represents most of the agency’s workers. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger issued new guidelines this week establishing what issues the American Federation of Government Employees can and cannot...

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