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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Come October, Most Feds on Official Travel Will Have More Money for Lodging

August 12, 2016 Government travel per diem rates will tick up slightly in fiscal 2017, the General Services Administration announced Friday. The standard lodging per diem rate for will increase $2 from $89 to $91, starting on Oct. 1. Coverage of meals and incidental expenses will remain stagnant, ranging from the standard rate...

Half of Americans Think Unions Have Too Much Political Influence

August 12, 2016 Half of American voters think labor unions have an outsized role in the country’s politics, a new poll has found. Additionally, according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, 57 percent of respondents say union leaders are out of touch with their members. Just one in five Americans believe labor...

Federal Employee Settles After Allegedly Pretending to Have Cancer for Extra Time Off

August 11, 2016 Seven years after a federal employee allegedly pretended to have cancer to receive extra paid sick leave, according to the Justice Department, he has agreed to pay the government back $40,000 in a settlement. Douglas daCosta, a San Francisco-based criminal investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,...

One in Five IRS Teleworkers Working Without Official Authorization

August 10, 2016 One in five Internal Revenue Service employees who telework are not complying with a key provision of the law governing the practice, according to a new report, potentially undermining the integrity of a program that is otherwise mostly in line with federal statute. About 7,800 of the 37,000 IRS employees...

Social Security Warns of Furloughs, Service Cuts if Congress Enacts Proposed Funding

August 9, 2016 Congress may force the Social Security Administration to cut back on services and furlough employees, according to the agency, which pointed to proposals in both the House and Senate to reduce its funding. Appropriations bills under consideration in both the House and Senate would spur delays in retiree benefit processing,...

Price Decrease Deepens Postal Service Losses in Third Quarter

August 9, 2016 This story has been updated to clarify the Postal Service's calculation of revenue growth during the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.6 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, including $552 million in controllable losses, nearly tripling the deficits from the same period one...

Federal Agencies Are Deploying Employees Around the Globe to Fight Zika

August 8, 2016 While funding to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus stalls on Capitol Hill, agencies across the federal government are working at home and abroad to mitigate the threat, including by deploying workers to impacted areas. The Health and Human Services Department has sent more than 100 employees to...

Federal Employment Is Finally Back to Pre-Sequester Levels

August 5, 2016 Federal agencies have started hiring at a significant clip following years of cutting their rolls, bringing total federal employment back to levels not seen since across-the-board budget cuts went into effect. Agencies have added 41,000 employees in the last year, including 3,000 in July. Including the U.S. Postal Service, the...

USPS: Granting Appeal Rights to More Employees is 'Unnecessary'

August 4, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from the Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service is pushing back against an effort from Congress to give more of its employees external appeal rights on negative personnel actions. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, in a recent letter to the House Oversight and...

Can an Agency Plagued by Sexual Harassment Become a Model for Federal Government?

August 3, 2016 The man overseeing U.S. national parks promised this week to reform the way his employees report sexual harassment, saying his agency would become a model for the rest of government after being plagued by years of alleged misconduct. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced his agency is creating a...

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