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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One-Third of New Hires in the Federal Government Last Year Were Veterans

March 23, 2015 One in three new federal hires in fiscal 2014 were veterans, marking the highest-ever hiring rate for former military personnel, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday. The 33.2 percent veteran hiring rate last fiscal year eclipsed the previous record of 31 percent set in fiscal 2013. While the number...

Obama Promises to Veto Any Spending Bill With Sequestration Cuts

March 23, 2015 President Obama said recently he will refuse to sign any spending measure for fiscal 2016 and beyond that does not walk back the spending caps required by sequestration, setting up a fiscal showdown with the Republican controlled Congress committed to reducing federal spending. Asked in an interview Friday how he...

Obama Meets With Senior Execs to Encourage ‘Bold and Aggressive’ Reforms

March 20, 2015 President Obama joined a group of top leaders in the federal civil service on Thursday at their first full meeting to discuss strategies to improve the Senior Executive Service, focusing on ways to make high-level management positons attractive again. The meeting of 24 senior leaders, Obama and other administration officials...

Americans Think Feds Are Doing More Harm Than Good for Local Cops

March 19, 2015 Just 15 percent of the American voting population thinks federal agencies make it easier for local police to do their jobs, according to a new survey. About four in 10 respondents said federal government involvement actually makes it harder on local police, while 30 percent said feds have no impact,...

Lawmaker: Tie Feds' Pay to U.S. Economic Performance So They Have 'Skin in the Game'

March 19, 2015 Federal employee advocates expressed outrage over this week’s House and Senate Republican budget proposals, complaining the plans would effectively cut workers’ pay by requiring them to contribute more toward their retirement. Under a different Republican proposal unveiled last week, certain feds would see significantly larger reductions in pay. Rep. Tom...

Senate Republicans Go After Federal Retirement Benefits, Too

March 18, 2015 Senate Republicans called for cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits in a budget blueprint unveiled Wednesday. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said. The recommendations were...

GOP Budget: Higher Pension Contributions for Feds, Much Lower Spending for Civilian Agencies

March 17, 2015 This story has been updated. House Republicans have once again called on federal employees to contribute more to their retirement, bringing back the effective pay cut in their fiscal 2016 budget blueprint. Following the precedent set by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who no longer sits on the House Budget Committee,...

Union Boss and George W. Bush Deliver Message to Obama: Give Feds a Raise

March 16, 2015 The American Federation of Government Employees has long pestered President Obama to give federal employees a significant pay raise. Given the chance to address the president directly, AFGE National President J. David Cox did not shy away from the opportunity to make the pitch to the president’s face. And in...

Obama Says 'a Few Bad Apples' Not Emblematic of VA Workforce

March 16, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department will soon receive advice and performance monitoring from private-sector and other experts, the agency has announced. The MyVA Advisory Committee will “engage in periodic reviews” to ensure the department follows through on the major reforms put forward by Secretary Bob McDonald last year, VA said. MyVA...

Will Republicans Target Feds With a Return to the Ryan Budget?

March 13, 2015 When Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., stepped down as head of the House Budget Committee this year, federal employees likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief. During his four-year tenure as the panel’s chairman, Ryan laid out several blueprints for the government’s budget. They attempted to eliminate the federal deficit, which...

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