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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 Intervenes to Fix Hiring Regs Written by ‘Entrenched Bureaucrats’ at OPM

April 14, 2016 A “no-brainer” hiring reform bill President Obama signed into law last year after receiving unanimous support in Congress was intended to be a non-controversial and painless way to ease hiring at certain agencies. Only one thing stood in its way: the Office of Personnel Management. The bill was created to...

Another Bonus Ban, Feds’ ‘Golden Parachute’ Pensions and More

April 13, 2016 Congress is always looking for new ways to ban bonuses for federal employees, it seems. Weeks after House appropriators unveiled a measure to prohibit performance awards for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, a lawmaker put forward legislation to ban bonuses for Internal Revenue Service workers. Blocking the extra...

Congress Has a Worse Track Record on Following Advice to Cut Waste Than Agencies Themselves

April 13, 2016 Federal agencies are making progress on addressing the duplication and overlap identified by independent auditors, but more than half of the total recommendations made since 2011 have not been fully addressed. Lawmakers during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday deplored agencies for failing to deal with the...

The Obama Administration Is Struggling to Reform the Security Clearance Process

April 12, 2016 The Obama administration has blown past its own deadlines for reforming the security clearance process, falling short on changes ranging from standardizing investigations to rooting out internal threats. The shortfalls—released in the latest report posted to Performance.gov—do not represent a lack of progress, according to the Office of the Director...

The Obama Administration Is Struggling to Reform the Security Clearance Process

April 11, 2016 The Obama administration has blown past its own deadlines for reforming the security clearance process, falling short on changes ranging from standardizing investigations to rooting out internal threats. The shortfalls -- released in the latest report posted to Performance.gov -- do not represent a lack of progress, according to the...

Postal Service Forced to Take Nearly Unprecedented Step of Cutting Prices

April 8, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service will reduce the price of its offerings on Sunday, including decreasing the cost of a stamp for only the second time ever and the first time in 97 years. The price drop comes after a protracted legal battle following the scheduled expiration of a temporary, emergency...

EPA Chief Says Agency Wouldn't Go Down Without a Fight in Republican Administration

April 7, 2016 The Republican presidential primary has grown increasingly hostile, with the ad hominem attacks consistently buoyed by policy differences. One area in which just about all the GOP candidates seem to agree, however, is the need to rein in the regulatory reach of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. John Kasich, Ohio,...

Spy Chief Instructs Intel Community to Serve as Government's Declassification Role Model

April 6, 2016 The federal government’s top spy chief wants the intelligence community to pave the way for reducing the amount of classified information across agencies, according to a recent memorandum from the director of national intelligence. James Clapper sent the memo in March to leaders of the 17 agencies that comprise the...

Feds’ Long Term Care Insurance Premiums Will Rise Sharply in 2016

April 6, 2016 Premiums for federal employees and retirees in the long-term care program will jump later this year, according to the Office of Personnel Management. A new contract awarded Tuesday to John Hancock Life and Health Insurance Co. will result in larger out-of-pocket costs for Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program enrollees in...

The Pentagon Isn’t Tracking if Former Employees Violate Revolving Door Laws

April 5, 2016 The Defense Department is not tracking whether its employees are improperly leaving their government jobs for contractor positions in the private sector, according to a report released Tuesday. The system for tracking outgoing senior employees who face restrictions in their post-government employment was so poorly maintained, the department’s inspector general...