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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Obama’s Budget Touts Progress Within Federal Workforce, but Offers it Nothing New

February 9, 2016 President Obama in his fiscal 2017 budget unveiled Tuesday touted his administration’s improvement of the performance and morale of the federal workforce, but offered very little in the way of new initiatives to build upon those efforts. The blueprint meticulously detailed every federal employee program undertaken in the last several...

Americans Would Cut 2017 Funding at These Agencies

February 8, 2016 Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to cut the federal budget by about $50 billion in fiscal 2017, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, found majorities in both parties -- when provided...

Federal Union President on Republican Winning in 2016: 'God Help Us All'

February 8, 2016 Organized labor almost exclusively supports Democrats in the political arena, and 2016 has not been any different. The top two federal employee unions have both thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton. For J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the stakes could not be higher...

Union Vows to 'Fight Like Hell' for Higher Pay Raise

February 8, 2016 Lawmakers on Monday pressed federal employees to stay positive and committed to their mission amid an onslaught of attacks from Republicans, as the union they were addressing promised to fight back against any legislative attempts to undermine feds’ rights or benefits. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., promised to join the American...

Bureaucrats Create Card Game to Poke Fun at Bureaucrats

February 5, 2016 When two employees at the Defense Department realized they needed so many levels of approval to drive their own cars across a state line for work purposes that people they had never even met were involved in signing off on the excursion, they decided they had to do something. That...

A Promise to Cut Wasteful Programs, and Other Ideas From the Democratic Debate

February 5, 2016 Hillary Clinton promised at a Democratic presidential debate on Thursday to root out wasteful programs in federal government and make them function better, saying she knows what it takes to run an efficient bureaucracy. Clinton said she would neither eliminate nor add any federal agency. Instead, she said she would...

Republicans Introduce Plan to ‘Remove 30K People From the Federal Government’s Payroll’

February 4, 2016 Republicans in Congress have introduced a plan to de-federalize air traffic control, which would move 30,000 federal employees into a non-profit corporation. Proponents of the U.S. aviation overhaul say it would bring stability to a system that has been devastated by a partisan and volatile Congress. While the privatization of...

Powerful Lawmaker Goes After Federal Employee Union Enrollment

February 3, 2016 It soon could become significantly more difficult for federal employees to join a union, with a high-ranking lawmaker set to introduce a bill to tighten enrollment mechanisms. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., will introduce this week the Federal Employee Rights Act, Government Executive has learned, a title opponents of the bill...

EPA Deflects Blame as It's Accused of Massive Failures in Flint's Water Crisis

February 3, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency faced harsh criticism at a congressional hearing Wednesday from lawmakers and activists for not taking more aggressive action to combat the spread of contaminated water in Flint, Mich., though the agency itself pointed the finger primarily at state and local officials. Lawmakers promised a whole of...

Hundreds of Thousands of Feds Would Gain Appeal Rights Under New Bill

February 2, 2016 A huge swath of federal employees would regain the right to appeal a dismissal or demotion to a third party under a new bill introduced in the House this week. The legislation would overturn a court case that stripped employees in positions designated as “sensitive” to national security of the...