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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 Warned Not to Tweet Political Views on the Job

November 12, 2015 If federal employees want to tell the world they #FeeltheBern or #StandWithRand or are ready to put it in #CruzControl, they are welcome to do so. Just not while they are on the clock. Such is the message from the Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency with oversight...

Feds Will Soon Begin Limited Testing of Body Cameras

November 12, 2015 Despite pressure from immigration advocacy groups and even the White House for equipping law enforcement personnel with body cameras, Customs and Border Protection continues to have reservations about the technology. More than a year after CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske ordered a review of the feasibility of requiring agency law...

Postal Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

November 12, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored a major endorsement Thursday, with one of the U.S. Postal Service unions throwing its support behind the Democratic presidential candidate. The American Postal Workers Union’s National Executive Board voted on the endorsement, rallying behind Sanders’ call for a “political revolution,” according to the group’s President...

Ted Cruz Would Put 150,000 Feds on Notice and Eliminate Automatic Pay Raises

November 11, 2015 One Republican presidential candidate wants to eliminate federal agencies so badly he has proposed doing away with one department twice. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Republican presidential candidates' debate Tuesday said he would eradicate five major agencies if elected president, but inadvertently mentioned the Commerce Department twice. In a...

OPM Seeks to Define How to Keep Feds Engaged

November 11, 2015 Just about every federal stakeholder has at some point in the past few years discussed the need to improve federal employee engagement. But what did they mean when they said that? What does an engaged federal employees look like? What can federal leaders do, specifically, to make their workers more...

OPM Has Sent Notifications to About One-Third of Hack Victims

November 10, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has sent out 7.7 million notifications to victims of data breaches to let them know their personal information was compromised, according to the agency. This is slightly more than one-third of the total number of notifications the agency plans to issue. The pace for sending...

Feds Earn 35 Percent Less Than Private Sector Workers, Group Says

November 9, 2015 Federal employees remain significantly underpaid compared to their private sector counterparts, according to a review by a group advising the president on federal wages, with feds’ pay lagging 35 percent behind non-federal workers performing similar jobs. The Federal Salary Council, made up of federal employee union representatives and pay experts,...

Defense Employees Favored Carson, at Least Until West Point Flap

November 9, 2015 A recent survey of federal workers showed Ben Carson was the most liked presidential candidate of either party among Defense Department employees, but that could change after recent media attention highlighted his apparent exaggeration of receiving an “offer” to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A Politico story...

Defense Employees Favored Carson, at Least Until West Point Flap

November 6, 2015 A recent survey of federal workers showed Ben Carson was the most liked presidential candidate of either party among Defense Department employees, but that could change after recent media attention highlighted his apparent exaggeration of receiving an “offer” to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A Politico story...

USPS Has Shed 250K Employees in the Past 20 Years. Here’s How.

November 6, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has used a variety of tools to shrink its workforce by nearly 30 percent in the last 20 years, as the struggling mailing agency has attempted to modernize and right size in a new era of communication. A recently released report from the Congressional Research Service...