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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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John McCain Tells the Air Force to Fire More Civilians

March 26, 2015 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is very disappointed in the Air Force. The cause of his frustration? The service, McCain said, is not firing enough civilian employees at its headquarters. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman complained in a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James that the service’s boasts...

House Approves Budget That Cuts Agency Spending and Employee Compensation

March 25, 2015 The House on Wednesday evening approved 228-199 a budget resolution that would drastically reduce spending at non-Defense federal agencies and cut compensation for federal workers and retirees. The budget would increase federal employees’ contributions to their pensions, effectively resulting in a pay cut of between 2 percent and 5 percent....

Future of the Postal Service: End the Monopoly or Grow New Business?

March 25, 2015 Postal experts and economists sparred at a panel discussion Wednesday over whether the cure to what ails the U.S. Postal Service is more competition or new streams of revenue. David Williams, USPS’ inspector general, was a strong advocate for growing postal services, calling for postal expansion in areas ranging from...

Lawmakers Threaten New Secret Service Chief's Job, Tell Him to Fire More Agents

March 24, 2015 The new chief of the Secret Service answered a barrage of aggressive questions from lawmakers at a House hearing Tuesday while attempting to explain the recent string of incidents involving apparent employee malfeasance and agency failures. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members from both parties stressed the need to...

One-Third of New Hires in the Federal Government Last Year Were Veterans

March 23, 2015 One in three new federal hires in fiscal 2014 were veterans, marking the highest-ever hiring rate for former military personnel, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday. The 33.2 percent veteran hiring rate last fiscal year eclipsed the previous record of 31 percent set in fiscal 2013. While the number...

Obama Promises to Veto Any Spending Bill With Sequestration Cuts

March 23, 2015 President Obama said recently he will refuse to sign any spending measure for fiscal 2016 and beyond that does not walk back the spending caps required by sequestration, setting up a fiscal showdown with the Republican controlled Congress committed to reducing federal spending. Asked in an interview Friday how he...

Obama Meets With Senior Execs to Encourage ‘Bold and Aggressive’ Reforms

March 20, 2015 President Obama joined a group of top leaders in the federal civil service on Thursday at their first full meeting to discuss strategies to improve the Senior Executive Service, focusing on ways to make high-level management positons attractive again. The meeting of 24 senior leaders, Obama and other administration officials...

Americans Think Feds Are Doing More Harm Than Good for Local Cops

March 19, 2015 Just 15 percent of the American voting population thinks federal agencies make it easier for local police to do their jobs, according to a new survey. About four in 10 respondents said federal government involvement actually makes it harder on local police, while 30 percent said feds have no impact,...

Lawmaker: Tie Feds' Pay to U.S. Economic Performance So They Have 'Skin in the Game'

March 19, 2015 Federal employee advocates expressed outrage over this week’s House and Senate Republican budget proposals, complaining the plans would effectively cut workers’ pay by requiring them to contribute more toward their retirement. Under a different Republican proposal unveiled last week, certain feds would see significantly larger reductions in pay. Rep. Tom...

Senate Republicans Go After Federal Retirement Benefits, Too

March 18, 2015 Senate Republicans called for cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits in a budget blueprint unveiled Wednesday. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said. The recommendations were...