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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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House Passes Measure to Streamline DHS Offices, Boost Employee Morale

October 20, 2015 A bill aimed at improving the dismal morale at the Homeland Security Department passed the House unanimously on Tuesday, moving forward what would be the first major structural reform to DHS since it was created in 2002. The DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act received bipartisan support from lawmakers who...

Federal Managers Increasingly Unhappy With Hiring Process

October 19, 2015 The Obama administration has prioritized improving hiring and recruiting at federal agencies, but the managers dealing with those efforts do not report seeing any improvement in the conditions on the ground. In a recently released update on the administration’s “cross-agency priority goals,” federal supervisors’ satisfaction with hiring and recruiting practices...

USPS Looking to Increase Shipping Costs 9.5 Percent in 2016

October 16, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to dramatically increase prices for shipping services, which would mark the first such raise since 2013. The price bump would be delayed until after the holiday season, USPS said on Friday, going into effect Jan. 17. The Postal Regulatory Commission must approve the increase....

Defense Employees’ Safety ‘Jeopardized’ by Lack of Workplace Violence Protocols

October 16, 2015 The Defense Department has not issued workplace safety protocols that apply to its entire workforce, according to a new report, leaving employees still vulnerable to violence despite multiple reviews to address the issue in light of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. After that shooting by an Army psychiatrist that left...

Bernie Sanders Addresses Postal Union to Decry USPS Privatization

October 15, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has a louder megaphone than at any point in his political career, and he’s using it to amplify issues he has been talking about for decades. One such issue: the U.S. Postal Service. After the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders stuck around...

Treasury Moves Debt Ceiling Deadline Closer

October 15, 2015 The time for Congress to raise the debt ceiling tightened on Thursday, with the Treasury Department moving the deadline up two days to Nov. 3. In a letter to lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the government’s “projected net resources” have come in below expectations, causing the sooner-than-anticipated date that...

Bill Would Stop IRS From Rehiring Employees It Already Fired for Misconduct

October 14, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service would be prohibited from rehiring employees fired for misconduct, under new bill from a pair of Republican lawmakers. Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act in response to an inspector general report earlier this year finding...

White House Creates New Leadership Group to Help Execute Final Agency Goals

October 14, 2015 President Obama has just 15 months left in office, and he wants to make sure his remaining time controlling the Executive Branch is spent wisely. Federal agencies released their final “priority goals” last week, laying out 92 objectives they will focus on before the next president is sworn in. Office...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know About Tuesday's Democratic Debate

October 13, 2015 After two Republican debates, the five major Democratic candidates took to the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night. They spoke to a wide range of issues over the course of two hours. Here are the (limited) highlights of the discussion of issues that related to reforming the federal...

Disabled Employees in Federal Government Reach All-Time High

October 13, 2015 More individuals with disabilities work for the federal government than in any time in the 34 years agencies have been tracking the statistic, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2014, federal agencies hired nearly 72,000 full-time permanent employees with disabilities. Between fiscal 2013 and...