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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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Congress Backs Crackdown on $125B in Improper Payments to the Dead, Others

December 7, 2015 Agencies will soon have more resources to ensure they do not dole out improper payments to beneficiaries of federal programs, including the deceased, with Congress approving a bill on Monday to boost coordination to prevent errors. The House unanimously passed the Improper Payments Coordination Act, which will now head to...

With Deadline Days Away, TSA-Union Contract Negotiations at a Standstill

December 4, 2015 The contract between the Transportation Security Administration and the union representing its workforce is set to expire next week, and with the deadline just days away, the two sides appear to be gridlocked. If the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA workers, and the agency do not reach...

How Plummeting Morale and Inept Leadership Has Created a ‘Crisis’ at Secret Service

December 3, 2015 Things at the Secret Service are bad and are going to get worse, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Thursday, with overstretched employees increasingly losing faith in the agency and those who lead it. After a series of agency scandals in recent years and subsequent hearings, the House Oversight...

Postal Reform Bill Earns Bipartisan Support in Congress

December 2, 2015 The latest push to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service appears to be gaining momentum, as lawmakers from both parties have thrown their support behind a recently introduced legislative reform measure. Two Republicans, Sens. Jerry Moran, Kan., and Roy Blunt, Mo., have signed on as cosponsors on the 2015 Improving Postal...

Lawmakers Push for 3.9 Percent ‘Emergency’ COLA in 2016

December 2, 2015 Retired federal employees should receive at least as much of a raise next year as private sector CEOs, according a bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers, which has proposed providing an “emergency payment” to make up for the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment in 2016. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced on...

Agencies Spent $80M in 2014 Forcing Employees Not to Work

December 1, 2015 A sample of 18 federal agencies spent more than $80 million last year for some employees to not work for at least one month, according to a new report, and one lawmaker has vowed to finally reform the process legislatively. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a report more than one...

Bay Area, D.C. Feds to Receive the Largest Pay Raises Next Year

November 30, 2015 The Obama administration on Monday unveiled the exact adjustments to base salaries employees in each locality pay area will receive in 2016, with the largest increases concentrated in major American cities. The first adjustments to locality pay since 2010 will rope about 108,000 federal employees into a specific locality area...

Expect More Rotations But No Major Pay Reforms in Obama’s SES Executive Order

November 30, 2015 Senior executives at federal agencies could soon see a small pay raise and be asked to take more rotational assignments, according to a draft executive order to reform the top ranks of the civil service, though advocates for the executives expressed concern the proposed changes did not include more financial...

Republicans Call for More Federal Government, and Other News From the Campaign Trail

November 20, 2015 In the Republican presidential primary, most candidates have focused their federal government reform efforts on which agencies they would cut. One 2016 hopeful, however, has come out in favor of creating a new one. In a speech delivered in Washington, D.C., this week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would...

Federal Agencies 'Adapt,' 'Stretch' to Accommodate More Syrian Refugees

November 19, 2015 As the House on Thursday voted to create a more stringent screening process for refugees resettling in the United States, federal agencies said they are “adapting,” “flexing,” and shifting resources around to bring in vastly more Syrians in fiscal 2016. The refugee program has come under significant scrutiny since the...

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