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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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House Passes Republican Plan to Limit 'Out of Control Bureaucracy'

August 1, 2013 The House cleared a set of Republican-backed measures targeting federal employees Thursday after Democrats temporarily stalled the legislation on Wednesday. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the proposals would limit federal employee bonuses during sequestration, allow citizens to record conversations with feds without permission and permit agencies...

TSP Funds Back in the Black in July

August 1, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan rebounded with strong numbers in July after a mostly down month in June. Every fund showed gains last month, while every offering except the G Fund was in the red in June. The S Fund -- which is invested in small and midsize companies and tracks...

Democrats Block Bills Limiting Feds’ Bonuses, Workplace Rights

August 1, 2013 House Democrats on Wednesday temporarily blocked several Republican-backed bills targeting federal employees. The legislation needed a two-thirds majority to pass under a “suspension of the rules” vote, which would have allowed an expedited approval. Republicans said the bills were necessary to “restore trust in the federal government.” The Common Sense...

Going Off Script

August 1, 2013 Local union chiefs’ responsibilities typically focus on management policies—convening with agency leaders to advocate for higher pay, negotiate better work conditions and limit the impact of budget cuts on employees. Chris Crane has taken an entirely different approach. As president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council—a division of...

Around Government

August 1, 2013 Decoding Rap and Regs GSA considers site that analyzes hip-hop lyrics to cut through jargon. What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool to decode hip-hop lyrics that federal agencies could use to crowdsource explanations...

Bills Targeting IRS Workers, Conference Spending Win House Approval

July 31, 2013 The House approved two separate bills attempting to limit federal conferences, citing recent examples of employees misusing funds. The Government Spending Accountability Act passed the House unanimously by voice vote. The bill would cap the amount an agency can spend on a single conference at $500,000, unless the agency head...

Officials Make Good on Pay Docking

July 30, 2013 Another lawmaker has added his name to the tally of officials who have pledged to donate a portion of their salary in solidarity with furloughed federal employees. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has repeatedly spoken out against furlough plans at the Defense Department. Warner joins a long list of lawmakers and...

Justice Dept.’s Defense of Unpaid Attorney Positions Doesn’t Satisfy Union

July 26, 2013 A federal employee union has condemned the Justice Department’s recruiting of unpaid workers, as the agency maintained it is operating within the framework of the law. The Justice Department recently posted more than a dozen openings for “experienced attorneys,” without offering compensation. The department said a sequestration-induced hiring freeze and...

Bill to Limit Fed Bonuses Clears House Panel

July 25, 2013 The House oversight committee passed a slew of mostly Republican-sponsored bills Wednesday affecting federal employees and agencies, including a measure to limit bonuses for workers. The Common Sense in Compensation Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would limit bonuses for rank-and-file federal employees to 5 percent of their base...

Bill Phasing Out Door-to-Door and Saturday Mail Delivery Heads to House Floor

July 25, 2013 The fate of postal reform remains mired in uncertainty after once again clearing the oversight committee by a party line vote Wednesday. The 2013 Postal Reform Act -- introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., -- gained the full support of the Republican majority...