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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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Obama Seeks to Boost Federal Employees' Use of Student Loan Repayment Benefit

April 28, 2016 President Obama on Thursday instructed federal agencies to do a better job of alerting their employees to options for government-sponsored student loan repayment. The White House asked the Office of Personnel Management to “coordinate an interagency effort” to give federal workers information on student loan programs available to public service...

Limits on Feds' Bonuses and Leave Included in Senate’s New Government Reform Package

April 28, 2016 A Senate committee is planning to move a slew of government reform proposals en bloc, paving the way for limits on some federal employees’ bonuses and leave. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced at a hearing Wednesday his intention to lump...

Cruz-Fiorina Ticket United in Cutting Federal Jobs, Pay

April 27, 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, saw the window of opportunity for him to become president closing, and decided to take one last shot. That shot, it turned out, was aimed directly at federal employees. Cruz tapped former Hewlett Packard executive and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Throughout her campaign, Fiorina made...

Are TSA Leaders the ‘Biggest Bullies in Government?'

April 27, 2016 A toxic culture and poor management are causing a mass exodus of Transportation Security Administration employees, lawmakers and agency whistleblowers said during a congressional hearing Wednesday. Senior leadership at the agency has made a practice of hiring managers with no experience and few skills, three TSA employees told members of...

House Approves Administrative Leave Overhaul

April 26, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to overhaul the administrative leave process, approving a bill to make it more difficult for agencies to place employees on indefinite, paid, non-duty status while they are under investigation. The Administrative Leave Reform Act, which won bipartisan support, would hinder an agency’s ability to...

Employees Can Be Involved in Armed Robberies as Long as It's On Their Own Time, VA Says

April 25, 2016 Perhaps David Shulkin just assumed a Veterans Affairs Department employee would be fired for playing a role in an armed robbery. VA’s undersecretary for health told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee last week that Elizabeth Rivera, a worker at a facility in Puerto Rico who was involved in an armed...

Senator Decries ‘Shameful’ Colleagues for Leaving USPS Board With Only One Member

April 22, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is down to just one member on its Senate-confirmed board of governors, and at least one member of the upper chamber is not happy about it. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., a long-time USPS advocate and proponent of alleviating the cash-strapped agency through legislation, called it “shameful”...

Lawmakers Push Obama to Follow Through on Easing Federal Hiring of Former Criminals

April 21, 2016 Lawmakers are putting pressure on the Obama administration to follow through on its promise to ease the hiring of former criminals, writing a letter this week to solidify “fair chance hiring” in government. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led the coalition...

Senate, House Clash Over Privatizing FAA

April 20, 2016 The Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, concluding a prolonged debate over legislation to keep the agency functioning through September 2017. The reauthorization would address airport security, drone regulations and hiring reforms. Unlike its counterpart in the House, however, it does not de-federalize air...

Secret Service Fails to Address Its ‘Historic Attrition’

April 20, 2016 The Secret Service has even fewer full-time employees than in 2014 when a panel found the embattled agency had “immediate staffing needs,” leaving lawmakers irritated over the agency's sluggish pace of hiring. The law enforcement agency is failing to deal with “historic attrition rates,” wrote Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman...

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