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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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Feds Dodge Bullet in Budget Deal, But Sequester Cuts Still Coming

April 30, 2015 Congress’ top budget negotiators struck a deal on Wednesday that avoided spelling out some of the major federal workforce cuts included in previous iterations of the blueprint. The compromise version of the fiscal 2016 blueprint -- which could receive a vote as early as this week -- would not mandate...

Where Americans Still Use the Postal Service the Most, in One Map

April 29, 2015 Across the country, people are using the mail less, and the U.S. Postal Service is suffering because of it. The volume of first class, single-piece mail -- composed of normal letters and other pieces requiring a basic stamp -- declined by a staggering 61 percent between fiscal years 1995 and...

How One Agency Will Use Sabbaticals and Rotations to Retain Employees

April 29, 2015 The State Department plans to give its workforce more flexibility to move within and outside of government, provide better training and hold managers more accountable as part of a series of sweeping reforms across the organization. State released its second ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review on Tuesday, which included...

Obama Nominates Top Coast Guard Official to Head TSA

April 28, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday nominated Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, the current vice commandant of the Coast Guard, to be the next head of the Transportation Security Administration. Neffenger has served in the Coast Guard -- another Homeland Security Department component -- for 30 years, including a stint as the deputy...

Is the Key to Improving Federal Workforce Morale to Stop Discussing It?

April 28, 2015 The best way to get rid of low morale is to stop talking about low morale. That is according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who heads the department ranked the worst place to work of any large agency in the federal government. “I have discovered that as a leader...

Number of Security Clearance Holders Drops 12 Percent

April 28, 2015 The number of individuals holding government-issued security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014 was 12 percent lower than the previous year, according to a new report, marking a successful effort by federal agencies to cut the number of employees and contractors with access to classified information. The Office of...

Number of Security Clearance Holders Drops 12 Percent

April 27, 2015 The number of individuals holding government-issued security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014 was 12 percent lower than the previous year, according to a new report, marking a successful effort by federal agencies to cut the number of employees and contractors with access to classified information. The Office of...

Lawmakers Think Postal Delivery Trucks Can Do Better Than 10 Miles per Gallon

April 24, 2015 This story has been updated. The U.S. Postal Service has been complaining about its aging vehicle fleet for years, but it has not had the funds to do anything about it. While the agency is still losing billions annually, recent downsizing efforts have freed up some operational cash. That led...

Why Senior Executives Leave Government

April 23, 2015 Senior executives who leave federal service do so largely because of the political environment and to make more money, according to a new survey of those exiting government. Seven in 10 respondents participating in the Office of Personnel Management exit survey were resigning or retiring from the Senior Executive Service,...

House Panel Advances Military Retirement Reform Bill

April 23, 2015 A House panel on Thursday advanced a package that would overhaul retirement benefits for military personnel, expanding perks for those who do not spend a large portion of their careers in the armed forces. The House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee approved several proposals from a compensation reform commission in...