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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OPM Has Unlawfully Let the Same Contractor Manage Feds' Health Savings Accounts for 12 Years

October 26, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has illegally allowed the same company to manage federal employees’ health savings account benefit for 12 years without holding open competitions for the contract, according to a new audit report. Federal regulations should have limited the contract to five years, according to the OPM’s inspector...

Court Again Rules the Pentagon’s Sequestration Furloughs Were Fair

October 26, 2015 A federal appeals court has upheld that the Defense Department acted lawfully in furloughing all employees when sequestration hit in 2013, even those employees whose salaries came from non-appropriated funds. In two cases brought by the National Federation of Federal Employees lumped together by the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Overworked Secret Service Agents Are Falling Asleep on the Job

October 23, 2015 Secret Service employees’ travel and long work hours led to at least two agents falling asleep on the job, according to a new report. The Secret Service’s scheduling process does not ensure adequate breaks while employees are on duty or between their shifts, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found....

Agencies Should Pay More to Get Feds to Work in Undesirable Locations, Lawmakers Say

October 22, 2015 Federal agencies need to do a better job of giving employees pay raises when local economies demand them, lawmakers said at a hearing on Thursday. Agencies have the authority to provide incentives to recruit, retain and relocate employees in areas where applicants are not naturally drawn to federal work, Obama...

Donald Trump's Lead Among Federal Employees Grows, Poll Finds

October 21, 2015 Donald Trump once again reigns supreme over his Republican opponents in a new survey of the federal workforce that shows him with a double-digit lead over the next closest candidate. The real estate developer and national Republican frontrunner took 33 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning independent federal employees in a...

House Passes Measure to Streamline DHS Offices, Boost Employee Morale

October 20, 2015 A bill aimed at improving the dismal morale at the Homeland Security Department passed the House unanimously on Tuesday, moving forward what would be the first major structural reform to DHS since it was created in 2002. The DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act received bipartisan support from lawmakers who...

Federal Managers Increasingly Unhappy With Hiring Process

October 19, 2015 The Obama administration has prioritized improving hiring and recruiting at federal agencies, but the managers dealing with those efforts do not report seeing any improvement in the conditions on the ground. In a recently released update on the administration’s “cross-agency priority goals,” federal supervisors’ satisfaction with hiring and recruiting practices...

USPS Looking to Increase Shipping Costs 9.5 Percent in 2016

October 16, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to dramatically increase prices for shipping services, which would mark the first such raise since 2013. The price bump would be delayed until after the holiday season, USPS said on Friday, going into effect Jan. 17. The Postal Regulatory Commission must approve the increase....

Defense Employees’ Safety ‘Jeopardized’ by Lack of Workplace Violence Protocols

October 16, 2015 The Defense Department has not issued workplace safety protocols that apply to its entire workforce, according to a new report, leaving employees still vulnerable to violence despite multiple reviews to address the issue in light of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. After that shooting by an Army psychiatrist that left...

Bernie Sanders Addresses Postal Union to Decry USPS Privatization

October 15, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has a louder megaphone than at any point in his political career, and he’s using it to amplify issues he has been talking about for decades. One such issue: the U.S. Postal Service. After the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders stuck around...

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