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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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Feds Cautioned to 'Remain Vigilant' After Oregon Occupiers Acquitted

October 31, 2016 The Interior Department and its component agencies are warning federal employees to “remain vigilant” in the wake of a federal court jury acquitting the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and vowed to continue pressing for “some measure of justice” against the perpetrators of the 41-day standoff. Interior Secretary...

Poll: Feds Think Clinton Would Manage Government Better Than Trump

October 31, 2016 Federal employees think Hillary Clinton would be much more effective in managing agencies and their workforces than Donald Trump, according to a new survey, though it is not the issue that is likely to drive their final vote. Nearly six in 10 federal employees believe Clinton -- who spent four...

Just 65 Percent of Feds Commit to Staying During a Trump Administration

October 28, 2016 This polarizing presidential election has left many federal workers seriously rethinking their career choices. A Government Business Council/ GovExec.com survey found that 14 percent of federal workers say they would definitely consider leaving their jobs if Donald Trump wins the Nov. 8 presidential election. Another 13 percent said they might...

Clinton Significantly Widens Lead Over Trump Among Federal Employees, Poll Shows

October 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton has dramatically increased her lead over Donald Trump among the federal workforce, according to a new poll, with 53 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the Democratic presidential nominee compared to just 34 percent for her opponent. The Government Business Council/GovExec.com survey shows Clinton’s lead has...

Every Day, 24K Federal Retirees Reach a Busy Signal on OPM's Toll-Free Line

October 27, 2016 Federal retirees with questions about their benefits have long waits before receiving customer service, often encountering busy signals and facing months of delays to written inquiries, according to a new report. More than one in four phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management in fiscal 2015 from annuitants seeking...

Wildlife Agency Paid a Steep Price for Armed Occupation: $6.3 Million

October 27, 2016 This story has been updated with comment from Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, following a jury's acquittal of the defendants. “I would describe it as completely trashed.” That was how Linda Beck, a fish biologist at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, characterized in federal court last month the...

Federal Employees Are Donating Almost Exclusively to Hillary Clinton

October 26, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management recently launched the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign, but non-profit charities are not the only cause to which agency employees are donating this year. Federal employees are opening their wallets for presidential candidates, and doing so overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, according to a new report. Feds...

CRS Reminds Everyone No Federal Entities Have Endorsed Trump

October 25, 2016 Congress’ think tank wants to be clear: No federal entities can or have endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. The Congressional Research Service felt the need to clarify that point after Trump said repeatedly in each of the debates and on the campaign trail that Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Unions to Trump: Your Federal Hiring Freeze Plan Is Impractical, Harmful

October 25, 2016 When the Republican nominee for president introduced just weeks before the election his plan to freeze hiring across the federal government, it was bound to turn some heads. Federal employees groups are not, of course, pleased with the proposal. Trump announced his “contract with the American voter” at his “Gettysburg...

Hiring Freeze Will Cause Longer Delays in Disputing Social Security Claims, Group Warns

October 24, 2016 Federal administrative judges tasked with overseeing Social Security claims are warning a hiring freeze will further slow an already delayed appeals process. Citing a figure from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, the Association of Administrative Law Judges said it currently takes 540 days for...