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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Is It Too Late for Comprehensive Civil Service Reform?

October 5, 2016 The government needs a measured approach to civil service reform, according to current and former top federal human resources executives, who argued a piecemeal approach would help sustain the progress already made and effect more realistic change. Promoting lateral job changes moving employees across federal agencies, creating clearer hiring agendas...

A Last-Minute Push for Turning Feds Into At-Will Employees

October 4, 2016 There are only a few months -- and just 16 legislative days -- left before the current session of Congress ends and all pending bills go back to the drawing board. But that is not stopping some lawmakers from starting one last push to cut federal employees’ rights, pay and...

USPS Begins Hiring Surge in Preparation for Holiday Season

October 3, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service will hire as many as 40,000 employees on a temporary basis to staff post offices and distribution centers around the country as it gears up for the busy holiday season. The hiring spree is an increase over 2015, when the Postal Service hired 29,000 seasonal workers....

Here Are the Lawmakers With the Worst Records on Federal Employee Issues

October 3, 2016 The Republican-controlled Congress, since the party took over the House in 2010, has driven a largely anti-federal employee agenda. GOP lawmakers have pushed for trimming the size of the federal workforce, cutting feds’ pay and benefits, limiting resources for federal agencies and enabling a government shutdown in 2013 in addition...

Few Political Appointees Are Burrowing In, but 25% Are Doing It Without Approval

September 30, 2016 Federal agencies converted relatively few of their political appointees into career employees over the last five years, according to a new report, though one-quarter of those conversions were completed without proper oversight. Just 69 appointees “burrowed in” to their agency from Jan. 1, 2010, to Oct. 1 , 2015, from...

Compare Premium Rate Changes for Every 2017 FEHBP Option

September 29, 2016 Federal employees, on average, will pay 6.2 percent more toward their health care premiums in 2017. Of course, the actual amount will differ from plan to plan. The most popular plan -- the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Standard Option -- will see a $5.81 per paycheck increase for self-only...

New Security Clearance Bureau Will Begin Operations Monday

September 29, 2016 The Obama administration unveiled the specifics of how it will structure and manage its new background investigations bureau, introducing its new director on Thursday and attempting to assuage concerns the entity is simply slapping a new name on an existing structure without making significant changes. The National Background Investigations Bureau...

Feds Will Pay 6.2 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2017

September 28, 2016 This story has been updated. Federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 6.2 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2017, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $5.27 more per paycheck, while...

IRS Begins Privatization of Long-Term Tax Debt Collection

September 27, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service unveiled its plan to turn over collection of outstanding tax debt to private companies, as required by Congress though a law passed in 2015. The IRS identified four companies to collect unpaid taxes deemed “inactive” by the agency, meaning government personnel have ceased working on the...

What Federal Employees Should Know From the First Trump-Clinton Debate

September 26, 2016 The Republican and Democratic nominees for president held their first debate on Monday, discussing a range of issues including how they would attempt to reform federal agencies and programs. Donald Trump discussed the need to spend less and cut regulations, and boasted of the support he was won from federal...

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