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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Insurance for Domestic Partners, Pay Cuts for Federal Agents and More

March 2, 2016 The Obama administration has been busy updating the federal government’s regulations relating to shared benefits ever since the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s requirement that spouses must be of the opposite sex. This week, the Office of Personnel Management updated the applicability of the...

Lawmakers Want to Know Everything About Official Union Time, Down to Square Footage of Offices Used

March 1, 2016 Federal agencies may soon have to ramp up their reporting on how often employees conduct union duty while receiving a taxpayer-funded salary, with a House committee on Tuesday approving a measure to boost the oversight of the practice of official time. The bill, introduced in January by Rep. Dennis Ross,...

House Panel Backs Capping Admin Leave at 14 Days Each Year

March 1, 2016 A House committee on Tuesday passed a bill to restrict agencies’ use of administrative leave, following a Senate panel that last month approved its own measure to curb agencies giving employees indefinite paid time off. The Administrative Leave Reform Act would hinder an agency’s ability to place an employee on...

Measure to Streamline Federal Hiring Heads to Obama’s Desk

February 29, 2016 The House on Monday sent President Obama a bill to make it easier for federal agencies to share information about job candidates, which proponents say will cut the red tape involved in assessing applicants. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applicants with each other. Pending Obama’s...

Obama's Security Clearance Overhaul Lands with a Thud Before Lawmakers

February 26, 2016 A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers on Thursday questioned the Obama administration’s creation of a new federal entity to conduct background investigations, criticizing the plan's failure to make fundamental changes. The phasing out of the Federal Investigative Service in favor of the new National Background Investigative Bureau appears to ignore some...

The Postal Service Lost Money on Its Facility Closures Last Year

February 26, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs. The second phase of the Postal Service’s consolidation...

Lawmakers Worry New Security Clearance Entity Will Be 'Another Disaster'

February 25, 2016 A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers on Thursday questioned the Obama administration’s creation of a new federal entity to conduct background investigations, criticizing the plan's failure to make fundamental changes. The phasing out of the Federal Investigative Service in favor of the new National Background Investigative Bureau appears to ignore some...

OPM Unveils Overhaul of Federal Hiring Site USAJOBS

February 24, 2016 The website candidates use to apply for nearly every job in federal government is undergoing a major overhaul, with the Office of Personnel Management announcing on Wednesday a series of changes to make the much-maligned platform more accessible. OPM said the new features on USAJOBS -- which in 2014 served...

Another Federal Office in Oregon Reopens After Closing for 7 Weeks During Malheur Standoff

February 24, 2016 The Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon occupied for weeks early this year by militia members remains closed indefinitely as officials assess the damage and investigate the crimes committed. Another nearby facility, however, reopened on Wednesday. The Forest Service Emigrant Creek Ranger District office in Burns, Ore., closed as...

Lawmaker Tells Education to Get Tougher on Misbehaving Employees

February 23, 2016 The Education Department’s trivial punishments for misbehaving senior managers are undermining its culture, according to a top congressional overseer. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Education’s acting Secretary John King asking him to reconsider what the lawmaker views as...

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