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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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The 5 Agencies Where Employee Satisfaction Is Dropping the Most

September 21, 2016 While morale and engagement ticked up on a governmentwide basis among federal employees in 2016, not all agencies experienced the same trend. In the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score -- which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization -- rose to...

Obama Administration Gives Some Contractors a Pay Raise Next Year, Too

September 20, 2016 Low-wage contractors working for federal agencies will receive a pay bump next year, as the minimum wage created by an Obama administration executive order will increase slightly in 2017. The lowest wage for any employee working on or in connection with federal contracts will be $10.20 per hour, up from...

Federal Employees Slightly Happier, More Engaged At Work in 2016

September 20, 2016 Federal employees are marginally more engaged in and satisfied with their jobs this year than last, according to a new governmentwide survey measuring the workforce’s attitudes on morale, management and compensation. This marks the second consecutive year the numbers ticked up. The Office of Personnel Management, which administers the Federal...

USPS Has Achieved Just a Fraction of Its Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery

September 19, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is not realizing the savings it projected when it slowed mail delivery and closed facilities, according to a new audit, which also found the mailing agency was struggling to meet its new standards. USPS said when it virtually eliminated overnight mail while shifting much of its...

Treasury, Union Reach Accord on Review Process That Will Likely Lead to Pay Cuts

September 8, 2016 A newly formed component of the Treasury Department is looking to ensure all of its employees are necessary and properly compensated, and the union representing its employees is fighting to ensure they receive adequate protections throughout the process. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service began a Position Management Review in...

Lawmakers Demand Action on VA Overhaul Without Laying Out Clear Path Forward

September 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers vowed to take action based on a report recommending an overhaul of the way the Veterans Affairs Department delivers health care, despite expressing deep concerns with some of the proposals and acknowledging some of the changes would take years to implement. Several members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee...

Trump Revives Familiar Plan to Cut Federal Workforce

September 7, 2016 Donald Trump on Wednesday brought back a familiar Republican proposal to achieve deficit reduction: federal employee attrition. In a speech laying out his agenda to devote more resources to the military and defense-related programs, Trump said allowing civilian federal workers to leave without hiring replacements would help fund a build-up...

Lawmakers Demand Action on VA Overhaul Without Laying Out Clear Path Forward

September 7, 2016 Lawmakers vowed to take action based on a report recommending an overhaul of the way the Veterans Affairs Department delivers health care, despite expressing deep concerns with some of the proposals and acknowledging some of the changes would take years to implement. Several members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee...

DHS Exposes Thousands of Individuals' Private Information -- Including Feds, Golfers and Priests

September 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Customs and Border Protection released the personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of individuals to dozens of federal agencies during an investigation of cheating on polygraph tests. CBP violated some aspects of the Privacy Act in distributing the information across government, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general...

DHS Exposes Thousands of Individuals' Private Information -- Including Feds, Golfers and Priests

September 6, 2016 Customs and Border Protection released the personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of individuals to dozens of federal agencies during an investigation of cheating on polygraph tests. CBP violated some aspects of the Privacy Act in distributing the information across government, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general...