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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Watchdog: The ‘Window’ Into Government Performance Is Pretty Cloudy

August 31, 2016 Is the Obama administration meeting its own performance goals? There’s no way to know, because the website that’s supposed to track and report progress isn’t doing so in a meaningful way, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. According to GAO, the website, which is “intended...

Most, But Not All, USDA Offices Reopen After Threats Against Employees

August 31, 2016 Most of the offices the Agriculture Department closed on Tuesday due to threats against personnel and facilities reopened Wednesday, though some remain shuttered indefinitely. All but the Forest Service and National Resource Conservation Service offices in Hamden, Conn., and the department facility in Leetown, W.Va., reopened Wednesday. The remaining offices...

USDA Closes Offices After Threats to Employees and Facilities

August 30, 2016 This story has been updated with more information about the nature of the threats. Employees at Agriculture Department facilities across the country have been sent home due to multiple anonymous threats made against the department’s facilities and personnel. USDA received the threats Monday and closed six offices “as a precaution,”...

As 10,000th Syrian Refugee is Admitted to U.S., White House Thanks Feds

August 29, 2016 The Obama administration on Monday announced that the United States settled its 10,000th Syrian refugee, giving a special shout out to the federal employees who made the accomplishment possible. President Obama last year called for a significant uptick in the number of Syrian refugees the government would accept in fiscal...

Many Feds Like Trump, but Nearly All Trump Supporters Hate Government

August 29, 2016 Donald Trump supporters do not like federal employees very much, though the feeling does not appear to be mutual. Trump supporters are nearly united in their frustration with federal government policies, according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, with 96 percent saying they are “angry” at them. Just 36...

TSA Union Says Heavy-Handed Leadership Is Making Employees’ Low Morale Worse

August 26, 2016 The Transportation Security Administration is robbing its employees of the bargaining rights held by all other federal employees, according to the union that represents most of the agency’s workers. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger issued new guidelines this week establishing what issues the American Federation of Government Employees can and cannot...

Agencies Could Face a Nearly $800M Sequester Next Year

August 25, 2016 House spending proposals for next year would require a sequester of more than three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget. As they stand now, House funding bills would lead to a revocation of $775 million in non-defense discretionary spending from...

Hillary Clinton Proposes Solution for Federal Government to Deal With Zika-Type Crises

August 24, 2016 Hillary Clinton thinks the way federal agencies respond to health crises is broken, and she has an idea for how operate the efforts more effectively. The Democratic presidential nominee proposed on Wednesday creating a Public Health Rapid Response Fund to enable agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

Obama Pushes Contractors to Be Greener, More Worker-Friendly

August 24, 2016 The Obama administration has finalized plans to bring more scrutiny to potential federal contractors' histories of violating labor laws, releasing twin final regulations that will publish Thursday to implement a 2014 executive order. A final rule from the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA, and final guidance from the...

Specially Hired Federal Interns and Recent Grads Are Staying in Government

August 23, 2016 More than 90 percent of federal interns, fellows and other non-competitively hired recent graduates planned to stay in government in the immediate future as of fiscal 2014, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Additionally, 87 percent of the young workers hired through the Pathways Programs...

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