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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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Top Republican: Fire More Feds and Shrink the Workforce, But Pay Higher Salaries

June 2, 2015 Congress’ oversight leader promised on Tuesday to introduce more legislation to ease the firing of federal employees in the “coming weeks,” and suggested cuts to the size of the federal workforce in exchange for paying employees larger salaries. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at...

New Locality Pay Areas Will Give 102K Feds a Raise

June 1, 2015 The Obama administration made official on Monday its proposal that 102,000 federal employees receive a significant raise in the near future, as it moves forward with its decision to create 13 new locality pay areas. The Office of Personnel Management published a proposed rule spelling out the reasons for and...

OPM Seeks to Curb Use of 'Often' Abused Paid Administrative Leave

June 1, 2015 Federal agencies will soon begin uniformly reporting data on employees they place on paid administrative leave in an attempt to bring more transparency to a practice that lawmakers and auditors have said is unchecked at best, and out-of-control government waste at worst. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta sent...

One Presidential Contender Fixates on Porn-Watching Feds

May 29, 2015 This early in the presidential race, prospective candidates generally speak in broad platitudes about improving the economy and restoring the American dream. One Republican hopeful, however, is taking a much more targeted approach. Her pet issue? Federal employees watching pornography at work. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has talked...

Furloughed Feds Deserve Guns, Not Extra Pay, Lawmakers Say

May 28, 2015 Federal workers sent home during a government shutdown do not deserve extra compensation, according to some lawmakers, but those in law enforcement should keep their firearms. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, introduced a bill last week to ensure federal employees furloughed due to an appropriations lapse do not receive unemployment compensation...

The Federal Government Is Unprepared for a Large-Scale Animal Disease Outbreak

May 28, 2015 Federal agencies do not have enough veterinarians to respond to a major crisis, according to a new report, nor do they know how many animal physicians they would need in such an event. The Government Accountability Office said agencies are not adequately monitoring and developing their animal doctors. In addition...

Tens of Thousands of Feds to Receive Significant Pay Raise Next Year

May 27, 2015 Tens of thousands of federal employees will soon receive a pay raise thanks to an Obama administration decision to designate 13 cities as unique pay localities. The decision comes after years of deliberation, including tentative approval in May 2013. The cities will now receive unique locality-based pay adjustments, rather than...

USPS Suspends Remaining Facility Closures Scheduled for 2015

May 26, 2015 This story has been updated with comment from the Postal Service. Amid a barrage of pressure from across the spectrum of postal stakeholders, the U.S. Postal Service has indefinitely postponed dozens of facility closures scheduled for later this year. USPS had planned to close 82 facilities in 2015 in the...

Agencies That Stand to Lose the Most Under Senate Spending Plan

May 22, 2015 A Senate committee on Thursday laid out proposed spending totals across all 12 areas of government for fiscal 2016, calling for domestic spending cuts of nearly 7 percent compared to 2015 levels. Along party lines, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved spending levels in line with those required by the 2011...

Gaming Industry: Let Feds Use Government Charge Cards at Casinos

May 21, 2015 This story has been updated with comment from the trade group representing strip clubs. The use of government charge cards at casinos is generally regarded as a bad thing. To one group, however, it is a completely legitimate business expense. The CEO of the American Gaming Association sent a letter...