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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 Obama Administration Is Struggling to Reform the Security Clearance Process

April 11, 2016 The Obama administration has blown past its own deadlines for reforming the security clearance process, falling short on changes ranging from standardizing investigations to rooting out internal threats. The shortfalls -- released in the latest report posted to Performance.gov -- do not represent a lack of progress, according to the...

Postal Service Forced to Take Nearly Unprecedented Step of Cutting Prices

April 8, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service will reduce the price of its offerings on Sunday, including decreasing the cost of a stamp for only the second time ever and the first time in 97 years. The price drop comes after a protracted legal battle following the scheduled expiration of a temporary, emergency...

EPA Chief Says Agency Wouldn't Go Down Without a Fight in Republican Administration

April 7, 2016 The Republican presidential primary has grown increasingly hostile, with the ad hominem attacks consistently buoyed by policy differences. One area in which just about all the GOP candidates seem to agree, however, is the need to rein in the regulatory reach of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. John Kasich, Ohio,...

Spy Chief Instructs Intel Community to Serve as Government's Declassification Role Model

April 6, 2016 The federal government’s top spy chief wants the intelligence community to pave the way for reducing the amount of classified information across agencies, according to a recent memorandum from the director of national intelligence. James Clapper sent the memo in March to leaders of the 17 agencies that comprise the...

Feds’ Long Term Care Insurance Premiums Will Rise Sharply in 2016

April 6, 2016 Premiums for federal employees and retirees in the long-term care program will jump later this year, according to the Office of Personnel Management. A new contract awarded Tuesday to John Hancock Life and Health Insurance Co. will result in larger out-of-pocket costs for Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program enrollees in...

The Pentagon Isn’t Tracking if Former Employees Violate Revolving Door Laws

April 5, 2016 The Defense Department is not tracking whether its employees are improperly leaving their government jobs for contractor positions in the private sector, according to a report released Tuesday. The system for tracking outgoing senior employees who face restrictions in their post-government employment was so poorly maintained, the department’s inspector general...

Pentagon Begins Enrolling Civilians in New Personnel System

April 1, 2016 The Pentagon began evaluating thousands of employees' job performance on a new system Friday, the first step in a massive overhaul of performance management across the Defense Department. Defense rolled out to about 14,000 employees the first phase of its New Beginnings system, which will eventually change the appraisal process...

USPS Continues to Miss Delivery Goals, and It’s Getting Worse

March 31, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service failed to meet its service performance targets for a majority of its offerings last year, according to a new report, adding yet another setback for the agency as it attempts to right-size its operations to match the shrinking mailing market. USPS performance actually dipped for most...

How a Deadlocked Supreme Court Provided a Major Boost to Federal Employee Unions

March 30, 2016 Federal employees may have scored an unforeseen victory in a split Supreme Court decision announced Tuesday, which on its face only impacted public sector groups at the state and local level. The deadlocked four-four vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association will leave intact a decision by a lower court,...

Federal Employee Union Endorses Donald Trump

March 30, 2016 This story has been updated with a statement from Donald Trump. A federal employee union representing more than 16,000 workers on Wednesday became the first such group to endorse Donald Trump for president, breaking from both its own tradition and the support offered by its parent organization. The National Border...