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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Feds Earn 78% More Than Private Sector Workers, Study Finds

October 6, 2015 Federal employees on average earned 78 percent more in total compensation than private sector workers in 2014, according to a new study from a conservative think tank. The Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards compared data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show that, in his view, civilian federal workers are...

No One’s Morale Is Dropping Faster Than Homeland Security

October 5, 2015 Reversing a trend that held steady for several years, federal employees are now happier on the job than they were last year. In the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score — which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization — rose to...

Obama: I Won't Sign Another Short-Term Spending Bill

October 2, 2015 President Obama on Friday laid down the marker for congressional negotiators, saying he would not sign another short-term funding bill like the one he signed this week to stave off a government shutdown. Obama signed a 10-week continuing resolution on Wednesday, narrowly avoiding the second shutdown in two years and...

The Five Agencies Where Morale is Dropping the Most

October 2, 2015 Reversing a trend that held steady for several years, federal employees are now happier on the job than they were last year. In the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score -- which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization -- rose to...

The Shutdown Was Avoided, But Agencies Can't Exactly Celebrate

October 2, 2015 Federal agencies narrowly avoided the catastrophe of a government shutdown this week, but budget experts say they will still feel the pain of congressional stalemates. President Obama on Wednesday signed a “clean” continuing resolution, a temporary measure to keep agencies funded for 10 weeks at their fiscal 2015 levels. Unlike...

DHS Promises Accountability for Secret Service Agents Who Illegally Accessed Lawmaker’s Rejected Job Application

October 1, 2015 Secret Service agents illegally accessed the “sensitive personal information” of a congressman who once applied for a job at the agency, which was then shared with the media to embarrass the lawmaker who had led oversight investigations into the agency’s scandals. A Homeland Security Department inspector general report initiated at...

Obama Admin Seeks to Rotate More Mid-Level Feds Throughout Government

September 30, 2015 The Obama administration wants more of its mid-level managers to rotate throughout government, according to a new memorandum from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM said in a letter to all agencies’ human resources staff it would encourage more General Schedule 13-15s to participate in the Interagency Rotation Program, an...

Lawmakers Reach Deal to Cut DoD Workforce, Overhaul Military Retirement

September 30, 2015 Headquarters, administrative and support offices across the Defense Department would have to reduce their workforces by 25 percent over the next five years under an agreement unveiled by congressional negotiators on Tuesday. The 2016 defense authorization compromise bill would require $10 billion in cuts, half of which must occur by...

Feds Will Pay 7.4 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2016

September 29, 2015 Federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 7.4 percent more toward their health insurance premiums in 2016, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollees with self-only coverage will contribute an average of $5.50 more per paycheck, while those with family coverage will...

See Who Would Get Furloughed in a 2015 Shutdown

September 28, 2015 The shutdown deadline is just two days away, and while it looks like Congress will temporarily stave off the disaster of an appropriations lapse, agencies are not taking any chances. The Office of Management and Budget has released federal entities' shutdown contingency plans, which detail which programs and offices that...

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