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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 Panel Passes Hiring Reform, Harassment Protections for Federal Interns

October 9, 2015 A House committee on Friday passed a series of bills that included a federal hiring reform measure and new protections from fraud and abuse. At a business meeting that focused primarily on school vouchers in Washington, D.C., the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously agreed to several “commonsense, good...

The Pentagon Has Shed 17 Percent of Security Clearance Holders Since 2013

October 8, 2015 About 3.8 million Defense Department employees and contractors hold security clearances, a 17 percent decrease from 2013 and down 100,000 since 2014. The reduction is part of an ongoing effort by the Obama administration to “minimize risk of access to sensitive information and reduce costs,” according to a new report...

Dems Want Budget Deal Lifting the Sequester Before Boehner Leaves

October 7, 2015 Democratic lawmakers are ramping up the pressure on their Republican counterparts to boost funding for non-defense agencies, and to do it quickly. At a rally at the Capitol Building on Wednesday to end sequestration cuts, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.,...

Feds Earn 78% More Than Private Sector Workers, Study Finds

October 6, 2015 Federal employees on average earned 78 percent more in total compensation than private sector workers in 2014, according to a new study from a conservative think tank. The Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards compared data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show that, in his view, civilian federal workers are...

No One’s Morale Is Dropping Faster Than Homeland Security

October 5, 2015 Reversing a trend that held steady for several years, federal employees are now happier on the job than they were last year. In the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score — which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization — rose to...

Obama: I Won't Sign Another Short-Term Spending Bill

October 2, 2015 President Obama on Friday laid down the marker for congressional negotiators, saying he would not sign another short-term funding bill like the one he signed this week to stave off a government shutdown. Obama signed a 10-week continuing resolution on Wednesday, narrowly avoiding the second shutdown in two years and...

The Five Agencies Where Morale is Dropping the Most

October 2, 2015 Reversing a trend that held steady for several years, federal employees are now happier on the job than they were last year. In the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score -- which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization -- rose to...

The Shutdown Was Avoided, But Agencies Can't Exactly Celebrate

October 2, 2015 Federal agencies narrowly avoided the catastrophe of a government shutdown this week, but budget experts say they will still feel the pain of congressional stalemates. President Obama on Wednesday signed a “clean” continuing resolution, a temporary measure to keep agencies funded for 10 weeks at their fiscal 2015 levels. Unlike...

DHS Promises Accountability for Secret Service Agents Who Illegally Accessed Lawmaker’s Rejected Job Application

October 1, 2015 Secret Service agents illegally accessed the “sensitive personal information” of a congressman who once applied for a job at the agency, which was then shared with the media to embarrass the lawmaker who had led oversight investigations into the agency’s scandals. A Homeland Security Department inspector general report initiated at...

Obama Admin Seeks to Rotate More Mid-Level Feds Throughout Government

September 30, 2015 The Obama administration wants more of its mid-level managers to rotate throughout government, according to a new memorandum from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM said in a letter to all agencies’ human resources staff it would encourage more General Schedule 13-15s to participate in the Interagency Rotation Program, an...