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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Warning of Looming Shutdown, Lawmakers Look to Boost Agencies’ Budget Certainty

November 4, 2015 As some lawmakers warned the recent budget deal has not yet staved off a government shutdown, others on Wednesday looked to reform the budgeting process in the long term. Federal agency planners spend a disproportionate amount of their time preparing for various budget contingencies, senators said during a Budget Committee...

White House Announces Inaugural Participants in Program to Develop New Federal Leaders

November 3, 2015 The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the first-ever class of the White House Leadership Development Program, an initiative the president created last year in an effort to cultivate a new cadre of top career federal managers. Sixteen federal supervisors currently employed as General Schedule-15s from agencies throughout government will participate...

Federal Agencies Spent $334M on Advisory Committees in 2014

October 30, 2015 Federal agencies spent $334 million on 825 advisory committees in fiscal 2014, according to a new report. The number of federal advisory committees -- established to “allow experts from outside the federal government to provide advice and recommendations” -- generally hover around 1,000 annually, with about 70,000 members. Last year,...

Budget Deal Passes, but Shutdown Threat Still Looms

October 30, 2015 The Senate on Friday passed a budget framework to set spending levels for the next two years, but lawmakers have yet to complete their work for funding federal agencies. The bipartisan deal, which passed with near unanimous support from Democrats but only a minority of Republicans in both chambers, raises...

New House Speaker Has a History of Targeting Federal Pay, Benefits and Jobs

October 29, 2015 The House on Thursday elected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to be its next speaker, elevating one of the country’s elected officials who has most consistently targeted federal employees to cut spending. Ryan rose to prominence in part when he put forward budget plans in several consecutive Congresses that aimed to...

Here's Everything Federal Employees Need to Know About Wednesday's GOP Debate

October 28, 2015 The 11 top candidates for the Republican presidential nomination participated in the party’s third debate on Wednesday. The event, held in Boulder, Colo., focused on the economy, which throughout the night, turned into a discussion on the role of the federal government. Here are the main takeaways from the contenders...

Some Feds Could Soon Be Automatically Enrolled in New Health Plans

October 28, 2015 Federal employees will not have to worry about losing their health insurance if the plan in which they are enrolled is dropped from the government’s offerings, a rule finalized on Wednesday ensured. The Office of Personnel Management issued the final regulation requiring agencies to automatically enroll employees and annuitants into...

Federal Government's Hispanic Population Stays Virtually Stagnant at 8.4 Percent

October 28, 2015 The Hispanic population ticked up very slightly as a percentage of the total federal workforce in fiscal 2014, according to a new report, but it still lags far behind the Hispanic makeup of the U.S. population. About 8.4 percent of federal employees were Hispanic as of fiscal 2014, up from...

Obama Administration Finalizes Plan to Give 108K Feds a Big Raise in 2016

October 27, 2015 The Obama administration finalized on Tuesday its proposal that 102,000 federal employees receive a significant raise next year, implementing its decision to create 13 new locality pay areas. An additional 6,300 federal workers would also receive a pay bump as they are moved from the “rest of United States” designation...

TSP Board Mulls Major Changes to L Funds

October 27, 2015 Just weeks after new federal employees began placing their retirement savings into riskier, higher-earning Lifecycle Funds by default, the board that governs the plans is considering changing how it invests the funds as well as who invests in them. At least one member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board...

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