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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Defense Has Cut 40K Civilians, But Doesn’t Know How Much Money That Has Saved

October 13, 2016 The Defense Department is still not tracking the cost savings it is achieving from cutting civilian employees, according to a new report. The Pentagon has tracked how many total employees it has cut since fiscal 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office audit, but not how much money it has...

EPA Employees Responsible for Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges

October 13, 2016 Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week. The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...

Federal Agencies Deploy Thousands of Feds for Hurricane Matthew Response

October 12, 2016 Federal agencies have deployed more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 3,000 civilians, to five states and three countries to assist local communities as they recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is spearheading the efforts, establishing survivor assistance, incident management, and search and rescue...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 12, 2016 Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...

Why Agencies Should Better Use Data To Make Pay, Leave Decisions

October 11, 2016 The federal government is not taking advantage of its payroll data to better inform decisions on pay, leave, telework and other workforce benefits, according to a new report. Federal agencies submit personnel data to the Office of Personnel Management, which it then places into its Enterprise Human Resources Integration system....

Feds Still Lack Faith That Poor Performers Are Punished

October 7, 2016 Federal employees remain skeptical top performers are rewarded fairly and poor performers are dealt with adequately, according to new results from the federal government’s annual workforce survey, though their opinions of top leaders continue to improve. Fewer employees agreed that pay raises are merit based and that “steps are taken...

New Rule Would Exclude Non-Manager Feds From Financial Disclosure Requirements

October 6, 2016 Non-managers in General Schedule-13 positions and below -- or in equivalent jobs -- would be exempt from submitting personal financial data under a proposed rule issued by the Office of Government Ethics this week. The regulation would aim to clarify implementation of the 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK)...

Federal Agencies Spend About $1.5 Billion on PR Each Year

October 5, 2016 Federal agencies spent an average of $1.5 billion per year on public relations and advertising over the last decade, according to a new report. Agencies have obligated about $1 billion per year on contracts for advertising services, the Government Accountability Office found, and an additional $500 million on salaries for...

Is It Too Late for Comprehensive Civil Service Reform?

October 5, 2016 The government needs a measured approach to civil service reform, according to current and former top federal human resources executives, who argued a piecemeal approach would help sustain the progress already made and effect more realistic change. Promoting lateral job changes moving employees across federal agencies, creating clearer hiring agendas...

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