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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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Union Tries to Delay April 1 Start of Pentagon's New Civilian Personnel System

March 8, 2016 A federal labor union is balking at the Defense Department’s approach to implementing a new performance rating system for civilian employees, although union officials insist they support the program overall. The main sticking point seems to be that the Pentagon wants to begin rolling out the program, known as New...

House Republicans Look to Boost Pentagon's Civilian Workforce Through Hiring Reform

March 7, 2016 The Defense Department should have an easier time permanently hiring its temporary employees, according to Republican lawmakers who introduced a bill last week they said would grow the department’s civilian workforce. The 2016 Department of Defense Workforce Flexibility Act would give temporary workers a leg up when applying to vacant,...

Federal Employees Appeals Board Processes Record Number of Cases in 2015

March 4, 2016 The quasi-judicial agency tasked with hearing appeals of adverse actions taken by federal agencies against their employees processed and adjudicated a record number of cases in fiscal 2015, walloping the previous record set one year earlier. The Merit Systems Protection Board processed 28,509 cases last year, the agency said in...

How Trump Would Manage the Federal Government

March 3, 2016 Donald Trump has received significant criticism for failing to disclose details on how he would implement his policy proposals, especially when it comes to deporting millions of undocumented individuals living in the United States and building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump, however, has a simple response. “It’s called...

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...

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