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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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Upskirt Photos and Twerking: Sexual Misconduct at the National Park Service

January 12, 2016 A group of National Park Service employees stationed at the Grand Canyon has demonstrated a “long-term pattern” of sexual harassment, according to a new report, with nearly three dozen employees reporting or witnessing inappropriate behavior over the last 15 years. The instances of “discrimination, retaliation and a sexually hostile work...

House Panel Delays Admin Leave Reform Amid Democratic Concerns

January 12, 2016 A House committee on Tuesday debated overhauling the process of placing malfeasant federal employees on paid leave while their conduct is reviewed, but the panel decided against voting on a reform bill to give more time to address Democratic concerns. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and...

House Backs Protections for Federal Interns Against Harassment and Discrimination

January 12, 2016 Interns at federal agencies would no longer fall into a loophole that denies them protections against sexual harassment in the workplace, under a bill approved by the House on Monday. The Federal Intern Protection Act would amend Title V of the U.S. Code -- which governs the federal workforce --...

Oregon Militia Forces Government to Pay More Than $100K a Week to Feds Not Working

January 8, 2016 The militia group occupying a Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon is costing the government tens of thousands of dollars per day, as three federal buildings remain closed due to safety concerns. In addition to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility, buildings maintained by the Bureau of Land Management...

Air Force to Cut Civilian Workforce Through Reductions in Force

January 8, 2016 The Air Force will soon begin issuing reductions in force to 1,000 civilian employees, the service announced this week. A 2015 review of Air Force needs identified more than 1,000 “overages” in 48 installations, the military branch said, creating positions that are no longer funded. The agency will attempt to...

Lawmaker: Every Agency Could Easily Find at Least 5% of Fat to Trim

January 7, 2016 The top oversight role for Congress in relation to federal agencies is rooting out the people doing dumb things, a House Republican said on Thursday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution the government tries...

TSA Workers to Vote on New Contract, but Several Key Issues Heading to Arbitration

January 6, 2016 The Transportation Security Administration narrowly avoided forcing 45,000 of its employees to work without a labor contract for the first time in three years, agreeing to a majority of provisions at the 11th hour to extend the existing agreement. TSA workers, represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, will...

Three Federal Agencies Have Closed Offices in Oregon Over Employee Safety Concerns

January 6, 2016 This story was updated with additional personnel information from the Forest Service. Interior Department agencies are not taking any chances with the militia group currently occupying a Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon, with two other offices closing down due to concern for the safety of the employees that...

The Pentagon Is Moving 13,000 Civilians Out of the GS System This Year

January 5, 2016 The Air Force is transitioning 13,000 civilian employees away from the General Schedule toward a new, more flexible personnel system. As part of an ongoing initiative called AcqDemo, the Air Force Material Command will nearly double the number of employees who currently take part in the modernization effort. The Air...

White House: No Federal Employees in Danger in Militia Standoff

January 4, 2016 No federal workers are at risk at a federal facility in Oregon where armed individuals, led by rancher Ammon Bundy, have taken control of the building, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday, noting his information was “to our knowledge.” Earnest told reporters the standoff at the Fish...