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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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The Many, Many Ideas to Fix the Broken Security Clearance Process

September 29, 2014 In just a few months beginning mid-2013, the American people’s confidence in the federal government’s ability to administer security clearances was upended. First, cleared contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of classified data on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. Then contractor Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 people at ...

Sorry Feds: Lawmaker Says No More Porn Watching at Work

September 25, 2014 Civil service reform may not be the sexiest issue, but Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has certainly found the sexiest component of it. Meadows has introduced a bill to “prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit website from a federal computer.” The lawmaker was prompted to propose the ban ...

The Postal Service Wants to Deliver Your Groceries Each Morning

September 24, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service is always looking for fresh ideas to create new revenue streams, and it may have come up with its freshest one yet. The cash-strapped agency is looking to deliver groceries to homes in select metropolitan areas nationwide, as part of a pilot program it hopes can ...

Political Appointee Ethics Quiz: The Answers

September 23, 2014 B. Generally speaking, an appointee has 90 days from the date of confirmation to divest of necessary stocks. C. Generally speaking, appointees must recuse themselves from such a company for one year before they can begin working with the company. D. Appointees are generally expected to recuse themselves from agency ...

QUIZ: Do You Know How to Be an Ethical Political Appointee?

September 23, 2014 Career federal employees are subject to tough regulations governing their conduct. But for many of their political bosses, the rules are even more complicated. The Office of Government Ethics on Monday released the first update in six years on creating Ethics Agreements for presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed employees. Agencies must run ...

Postal Service to Add Thousands of Union Jobs in 2014

September 22, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service will soon add thousands of union jobs to its rolls, a major postal labor group announced Monday. Thanks to an independent arbitration ruling earlier this month, USPS will add or convert at least 9,000 jobs previously held by part-time, non-union employees to bargaining unit positions. At ...

Bill Forcing Border Patrol Agents to Work More and Earn Less Clears Senate

September 19, 2014 The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to overhaul pay for law enforcement officials at Customs and Border Protection. The Border Patrol Pay Reform Act aims to “dramatically simplify” compensation for CBP agents, including through the elimination of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the changes ...

Congress Staves Off Another Government Shutdown...For Now

September 18, 2014 The Senate on Thursday easily passed a short-term spending bill, clearing the way for the government to avoid a shutdown until at least mid-December. The Senate’s passage by a vote of 73-22 follows the House approving on Wednesday the $1.01 trillion stopgap measure -- which funds agencies at their current ...

Congress Staves Off Government Shutdown…for Now

September 18, 2014 The Senate on Thursday easily passed a short-term spending bill, clearing the way for the government to avoid a shutdown until at least mid-December. The Senate’s passage by a vote of 73-22 follows the House approving on Wednesday the $1.01 trillion stopgap measure -- which funds agencies at their current ...

House Approves Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

September 17, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to keep government agencies open through mid-December by a 319-108 vote, and the bill will now head to the Senate where it is expected to receive final approval. Desperate to avoid a government shutdown before the November midterm election, lawmakers opted to fund ...