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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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Republican Lawmakers Again Propose Slashing 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

January 20, 2015 A group of Republican lawmakers has once again proposed slashing the civilian workforce at the Defense Department by 15 percent, a move they estimate will save $82.5 billion over five years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut more than 115,000 jobs from ...

New Oversight Chairman Replaces Issa Portrait With Photos of Postal Workers

January 16, 2015 The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has taken steps to distance himself from the panel’s previous leadership. Apparently, Chaffetz meant that not just philosophically, but physically as well. The Republican lawmaker announced this week he would remove a portrait of Rep. ...

Lawmakers Call Postal Reform a Priority, But Familiar Battle Lines Are Already Being Drawn

January 16, 2015 Oversight leaders in the new Congress have promised a renewed focus on reforming the U.S. Postal Service, but the usual obstacles are already taking shape. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a resolution calling on the Postal Service to “take all appropriate measures” to continue to ...

GSA Chief Tangherlini to Step Down in February

January 15, 2015 This story has been updated. General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini will step down from his post in February, he announced in a memo to staff Thursday, after serving three years in the Obama administration. Tangherlini -- a Mr. Fix-It known for short stints in a variety of agencies -- ...

Obama Threatens Veto of GOP’s First Attempt to Rein in ‘Bureaucrats’

January 14, 2015 Before the midterm elections in November, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was asked what he would prioritize if Republicans won control of both chambers of Congress. McConnell said there were going to be “a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy.” “That’s something [President Obama] won’t like, ...

Why You May Have Noticed Beefed Up Security at Your Federal Office

January 14, 2015 Noticed more security guards in your federal office lately? You’re not paranoid. Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson announced this week the agency would ramp up security at federal buildings in response to the terror attacks in Paris last week. Johnson emphasized that there is no “specific, credible intelligence” of ...

Expect a Carrot-and-Stick Approach From New Workforce Watchdog

January 13, 2015 Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., spent many years running a small business, and in that time he had to hire and fire many employees. It is that experience that led the Republican lawmaker to head the House panel with direct oversight of the federal workforce. Meadows will chair the House Oversight ...

Pelosi: The GOP Is ‘Threatening a Partial Government Shutdown’

January 13, 2015 House Republicans have made their initial offer in what is likely to be drawn out negotiations to reconcile their caucus’ desire to end President Obama’s executive action to defer deportation for millions of immigrants with the administration’s priority to fund the Homeland Security Department past February. For now, Democrats have ...

Bills Would Give Feds a 3.8 Percent Pay Raise

January 13, 2015 Lawmakers in the both the House and Senate introduced bills on Tuesday to raise federal employees’ pay 3.8 percent across the board in 2016. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., with several Democratic cosponsors. Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ...

‘Procedural Error’ Clears Feds Accused of Botching Corruption Trial of Sen. Ted Stevens

January 12, 2015 Two Justice Department employees suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then Sen. Ted Stevens won their appeals last week due to a technicality. The Alaska Republican was found guilty and lost his reelection bid that year in a case that drew national attention, however, the department ...