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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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Federal Employee Accountability Bill Is First Approved by House in New Congress

January 3, 2017 The House on Tuesday approved a measure to require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note reprimands in employees’ personnel files, making the accountability measure the first bill the chamber approved in the 115th Congress. The Ensuring VA Accountability Act would mandate that VA keep copies of reprimands and admonishments...

House Makes It Easier to Cut Federal Employees' Pay, Slash Workforce

January 3, 2017 Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a resolution that contains language making it easier for Congress to slash the federal workforce and cut the pay of federal employees. A provision of the Rules for the 115th Congress governing the House of Representatives will enable lawmakers to reduce the number of federal workers...

Trump Says Transition Is No Longer Going Smoothly

December 28, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday his transition into power is no longer going smoothly, accusing President Obama of sabotaging his efforts to take over the executive branch. In a tweet, Trump said he previously thought it was going to be a “smooth transition,” but Obama was now throwing up...

Obama Administration Makes Long-Desired Change to Postal Service Pensions

December 23, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service could finally have its payments into the federal employee pension account calculated using assumptions from its workforce specifically, rather than the federal workforce as a whole, which has long been a sticking point at the mailing agency. USPS leadership has for years argued its payments into...

Federal Watchdog Warns Trump Not to 'Chill' Feds From Doing Work

December 23, 2016 An independent federal agency tasked with protecting federal employees against retaliation and other civil service violations warned the incoming Trump administration not to place a chilling effect on government workers attempting to do their jobs. The Office of Special Counsel issued the warning in a letter to Democratic senators, obtained...

Senator Asks Agencies If Trump Transition Is Meddling in Ethics Investigations

December 22, 2016 A key senator has sent a letter to 17 federal agencies asking for details of their efforts to identify potential conflicts of interest with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees, reminding agency officials they are subject to criminal penalties if they violate requirements. Unlike Trump himself, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., cabinet...

With Sequestration Looming, GAO Suggests How Agencies Can Do More With Less

December 21, 2016 Federal auditors are offering some pointers on how agencies can better handle severe budget cuts, examining where some offices succeeded and failed during the forced reductions during sequestration. The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Environmental Protection Agency all...

Pay Agent Accepts New Localities, Rejects Giving Others Bigger Adjustments

December 20, 2016 The President’s Pay Agent, the final arbiter to make recommendations to the president on federal employee compensation, approved two new localities for 2018 but rejected a proposal that would have boosted salaries for workers living on the outskirts of existing pay areas. As recommended by the Federal Salary Council, the...

Secret Service Will Maintain ‘Main Duties’ for Protecting Trump, Team Says

December 19, 2016 Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday denied reports the president-elect will rely heavily on private security rather than the federally provided Secret Service, though it declined to say the agency will tackle that duty alone. Following a Politico report that Trump would continue to use his own security personnel throughout...

Senators Seek Probe of Potential Civil Service Violations by Trump’s Transition Team

December 19, 2016 Several Democratic senators are asking for an independent investigation into President-elect Trump’s transition team, alleging it may have violated civil service laws with its probe into the activities of Energy Department employees. Led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., nine Democrats asked the Office of Special Counsel to launch the investigation...

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