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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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11 Major Agency Reforms in Obama’s Budget

5:17 PM ET Last year, President Obama’s budget provided congressional Republicans with “a good laugh.” The majority party in both houses is not even giving the White House that courtesy this time around, with both budget committees announcing they will not hold hearings on the administration's blueprint. While the budget is dead on...

Lawmakers Push for Bargaining Rights for TSA Employees

February 10, 2016 Lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would expand the collective bargaining rights of Transportation Security Administration employees, allowing TSA workers to negotiate over the same issues that most unionized feds already do. The 2016 Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act, introduced by House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson,...

USPS Records First Profit in Five Years as Obama Calls for Shedding 12K Postal Jobs

February 9, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service turned a profit in a financial quarter for the first time in five years, though President Obama still proposed the agency slash 12,000 employees in his fiscal 2017 budget. USPS posted a net income of $307 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the first...

Obama's Budget Laments Small Pay Raise, Noting Feds' Sacrifice

February 9, 2016 The Obama administration formalized its 1.6 percent pay raise proposal for 2017 in its budget unveiled Tuesday, but the White House does not appear satisfied with that amount. Throughout the document, the president made clear civilian federal employees have suffered in his administration. The White House repeatedly suggested federal workers...

Obama’s Budget Touts Progress Within Federal Workforce, but Offers it Nothing New

February 9, 2016 President Obama in his fiscal 2017 budget unveiled Tuesday touted his administration’s improvement of the performance and morale of the federal workforce, but offered very little in the way of new initiatives to build upon those efforts. The blueprint meticulously detailed every federal employee program undertaken in the last several...

Americans Would Cut 2017 Funding at These Agencies

February 8, 2016 Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to cut the federal budget by about $50 billion in fiscal 2017, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, found majorities in both parties -- when provided...

Federal Union President on Republican Winning in 2016: 'God Help Us All'

February 8, 2016 Organized labor almost exclusively supports Democrats in the political arena, and 2016 has not been any different. The top two federal employee unions have both thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton. For J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the stakes could not be higher...

Union Vows to 'Fight Like Hell' for Higher Pay Raise

February 8, 2016 Lawmakers on Monday pressed federal employees to stay positive and committed to their mission amid an onslaught of attacks from Republicans, as the union they were addressing promised to fight back against any legislative attempts to undermine feds’ rights or benefits. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., promised to join the American...

Bureaucrats Create Card Game to Poke Fun at Bureaucrats

February 5, 2016 When two employees at the Defense Department realized they needed so many levels of approval to drive their own cars across a state line for work purposes that people they had never even met were involved in signing off on the excursion, they decided they had to do something. That...

A Promise to Cut Wasteful Programs, and Other Ideas From the Democratic Debate

February 5, 2016 Hillary Clinton promised at a Democratic presidential debate on Thursday to root out wasteful programs in federal government and make them function better, saying she knows what it takes to run an efficient bureaucracy. Clinton said she would neither eliminate nor add any federal agency. Instead, she said she would...