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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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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...

Republicans Introduce Plan to ‘Remove 30K People From the Federal Government’s Payroll’

February 4, 2016 Republicans in Congress have introduced a plan to de-federalize air traffic control, which would move 30,000 federal employees into a non-profit corporation. Proponents of the U.S. aviation overhaul say it would bring stability to a system that has been devastated by a partisan and volatile Congress. While the privatization of...

Powerful Lawmaker Goes After Federal Employee Union Enrollment

February 3, 2016 It soon could become significantly more difficult for federal employees to join a union, with a high-ranking lawmaker set to introduce a bill to tighten enrollment mechanisms. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., will introduce this week the Federal Employee Rights Act, Government Executive has learned, a title opponents of the bill...

EPA Deflects Blame as It's Accused of Massive Failures in Flint's Water Crisis

February 3, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency faced harsh criticism at a congressional hearing Wednesday from lawmakers and activists for not taking more aggressive action to combat the spread of contaminated water in Flint, Mich., though the agency itself pointed the finger primarily at state and local officials. Lawmakers promised a whole of...

Hundreds of Thousands of Feds Would Gain Appeal Rights Under New Bill

February 2, 2016 A huge swath of federal employees would regain the right to appeal a dismissal or demotion to a third party under a new bill introduced in the House this week. The legislation would overturn a court case that stripped employees in positions designated as “sensitive” to national security of the...

Senior Execs to Begin Obama's Rotation Program This Year

February 1, 2016 Many top civil servants at federal agencies will start rotating to other functions, components or agencies starting in October, per new guidance just released by the Obama administration. The guidance, issued by the Office of Personnel Management, spells out the requirements for agencies participating in the Senior Executive Service rotational...

25% of Feds Would Consider Leaving Their Jobs if Trump Becomes President

January 29, 2016 Donald Trump leads the Republican field among federal employees, but many still say they would never work for him. One in four federal workers would consider leaving their jobs if Trump were elected president, according to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group’s research...

Trump Widens His Lead Among Republican Federal Employees, Poll Finds

January 29, 2016 Donald Trump has widened his lead among Republicans who work for the federal government, according to a new survey, with his closest opponent for the GOP nomination trailing by 15 points. Thirty-two percent of federal employees who identified as Republican or Republican-leaning Independents said they would vote for the real...

Here's Everything Feds Need to Know About Thursday's GOP Debates

January 28, 2016 Eleven Republican candidates for president debated on Thursday evening in Iowa, the seventh such event of the 2016 cycle and the final one before the first votes are cast in Iowa. The main event with the top seven contenders was perhaps most noteworthy for who was not there -- frontrunner...