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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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How Poor Pay and Bad Planning Has Led to Diminished Medical Care for Federal Prisoners

March 28, 2016 Medical care provided by the government to inmates at federal prisons is suffering due to poor planning and insufficient compensation, according to a new report. The Bureau of Prisons has massive shortfalls in its medical staff at facilities across the country, the Justice Department’s inspector found in an audit released...

DHS Allowed Employees to Stay on Paid Leave for Years While It Investigated Misconduct

March 25, 2016 More than 100 Homeland Security Department employees spent more than one year on paid leave while not working between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report, costing DHS nearly $20 million. DHS placed the employees on administrative leave for “personnel matters,” primarily during misconduct investigations but also including fitness...

Defense Department Issues Partial Civilian Hiring Freeze

March 25, 2016 The Defense Department has instituted a hiring freeze in the office of the secretary of Defense and the component agencies reporting directly to it, according to a memorandum circulated by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work last month. The freeze began March 20 at the office of the secretary of Defense,...

House GOP Doubles Down on $300B in Federal Workforce, Pay Cuts

March 24, 2016 House Republicans doubled down on their plan to reduce the nation’s debt on the backs of federal employees, reissuing proposals in their fiscal 2017 budget plan that would dramatically cut the size of the federal workforce, as well as its pay and benefits. In a report on the fiscal 2017...

Utah Lawmakers Look to Strip Federal Land Management Agencies of Law Enforcement Authority

March 23, 2016 Four Republican lawmakers, all from Utah, want to prohibit federal land management agencies from enforcing the law on the lands over which they have jurisdiction. Instead, the legislators would turn law enforcement responsibilities over to local authorities. The Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act would de-federalize law enforcement responsibility on...

Lawmakers Look to Strip Federal Land Management Agencies of Law Enforcement Authority

March 23, 2016 Four Republican lawmakers, all from Utah, want to prohibit federal land management agencies from enforcing the law on the lands over which they have jurisdiction. Instead, the legislators would turn law enforcement responsibilities over to local authorities. The Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act would de-federalize law enforcement responsibility on...

Effort to Give Better Social Security Benefits to Many Feds Gains Momentum in Congress

March 22, 2016 A longstanding effort to boost Social Security benefits for some former federal employees gained some momentum Tuesday, as powerful lawmakers from both parties embraced a reform proposal at a congressional hearing. Members of the House Ways and Means Committee’s panel on Social Security discussed the merits of a measure that...

Slow Delivery Could Cost the Postal Service Millions This Election Season

March 18, 2016 They don’t call it snail mail for nothing, it would appear. The U.S. Postal Service could be missing out on critical revenue during the election season as it continues to deliver mail more slowly, according to a new report. The postal inspector general published a management advisory this week that...

Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into Feds' Bonuses

March 17, 2016 The chief lawmaker who oversees federal workforce issues is looking into employee bonus pay, asking some agencies for more information on performance awards over the last decade. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, penned letters to the heads of the FBI, Forest Service...

Americans Can Now Mail Things to Cuba for the First Time in More Than 50 Years

March 17, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday operated mail service with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the agency announced. The resumption of service comes as the Obama administration has normalized relations with the Cuban government, halting hostilities between the country and the United States that lasted...