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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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Senate Panel Clears Reform to Speed Hiring of Some Border Agents

May 17, 2017 Some applicants for Border Patrol positions could soon be eligible to skip the polygraph tests currently mandated for all potential hires, with a Senate committee approving a bill to expedite the hiring process in certain cases. The lie detector testing has come under scrutiny in recent months, as Customs and...

Lawmakers Probe Reports of Sexual Assault, ‘Rape Tables’ in CBP Hazing

May 16, 2017 Lawmakers are attempting to get to the bottom of reported sexual abuse and “violent hazing” at a Customs and Border Protection outpost, responding to whistleblowers who recently came forward to a local news station. The accusations primarily concern activities at the Newark Liberty International Airport and reportedly involved forcible sexual...

TSA Says Hiring Surge Will Help With Record Travel Levels This Summer

May 16, 2017 American fliers can expect shorter waits during peak travel times this summer, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which is staffing up in preparation for the coming influx of travelers. TSA said it is expecting a record number of passengers between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and will have 2,000...

200K Postal Workers Would See Pay Raises, Benefit Cuts Under New Labor Contract

May 15, 2017 More than 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees would be in line for a raise but face a slight decrease in health benefits under a recently unveiled tentative labor contract. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 213,000 city mailmen and women across the country, reached the agreement with USPS...

A Chemist at a Federal Agency Wins Miss USA

May 15, 2017 A federal employee working at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was named Miss USA on Sunday evening, and pledged to spend her year with the crown encouraging more women to join government and eventually, agency leadership ranks. Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist in NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response,...

One Department Says Workforce Cuts Won't Be Part of Its Reorganization

May 12, 2017 The Agriculture Department on Thursday became the first part of the executive branch to announce initial plans to restructure itself as part of a key initiative from the Trump administration, but in breaking with the president said workforce reductions would not be a part of its proposal. Agriculture Secretary Sonny...

Bipartisan Senate Group Unveils New Bill to Speed Up VA Firing, Bonus Recoupment

May 11, 2017 A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Thursday to ease the firing of employees of the Veterans Affairs Department, taking a more worker-friendly approach to win backing from lawmakers across the political spectrum. The 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Accountability Act follows a similar bill the House approved by...

Citing Comey Firing, Democrats Block VA Reform Hearing

May 10, 2017 A scheduled hearing to review options to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department was postponed Wednesday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of blocking the proceeding due to "political games." VA Secretary David Shulkin was slated to appear at the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing with an array of veterans group officials, but...

USPS Loses Nearly $600M, Says It's Close to 'Solid Financial Footing'

May 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service produced a net loss of $562 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, though it essentially broke even on the controllable part of its business. The controllable profits -- which exclude certain non-operational expenses such as congressional mandates to prefund future retirees’ health benefits --...

OPM Is Ready, but No Agencies Have Requested Separation Incentive Authority Yet

May 8, 2017 No federal agencies have requested special authority to incentivize their employees to leave, according to the office responsible for granting the permission, despite a call from the White House to engage in the tactic as a means for cutting their workforces. The Office of Personnel Management has not yet received...

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