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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President Offers Senior Execs High Praise, But No Bonuses

December 9, 2014 Six years into his presidency, Obama on Tuesday for the first time addressed the career professionals who lead federal agencies. While he lavished high praise, he also tempered prospects for actions to back up that praise. “My message here is simple,” Obama said to kick off his speech. “Thank you....

Obama Announces Plans to Reform and Modernize the Senior Executive Service

December 9, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at reforming, improving and rewarding the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. Obama spoke to a large crowd of SES employees and other senior leaders in government to unveil the new programs, calling some federal operations antiquated and in need of...

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Now on Tighter Leash When Profiling Suspects

December 8, 2014 Many federal employees will have to soon change the way they do their jobs, as the Obama administration unveiled on Monday major changes to racial profiling procedures at law enforcement agencies. Attorney General Eric Holder announced an overhaul to federal profiling policies, prohibiting federal officers from “biased” law enforcement practices...

If DHS Shutdown Comes, Most Employees Would Still Report to Work

December 5, 2014 Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to pass a hybrid short-term and long-term budget measure to keep federal agencies open past Dec. 11. The House is expected next week to pass a spending bill that would provide line-by-line funding levels for nearly all agencies—all but the Homeland Security Department. Instead,...

Obama's Immigration Action Is Creating a Hiring Blitz at DHS

December 4, 2014 The agency tasked with carrying out the bulk of President Obama’s immigration order is on a hiring blitz in order to carry out the new policies, according to job postings and an agency spokesman. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hire about 1,000 employees, both federal and contracted, to process...

House Approves Tax Deal That Would Retroactively Boost Mass Transit Benefits

December 4, 2014 The House on Wednesday approved a measure 378-46 that would retroactively provide federal employees and all American workers with a much larger mass transit benefit for 2014. The benefit fell nearly in half in 2014, but the 11th hour agreement on a broader package of tax provisions would restore the...

New Health Benefit Offering Could Drive Some Feds Out of the Program

December 3, 2014 While some federal employees will probably see reduced health care costs as a result of a new offering in 2016, the costs for others might rise so dramatically they could leave the federal program altogether, according to an analysis by the Office of Personnel Management. OPM issued a proposed rule...

Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet

December 2, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has had its fair share of gripes with Congress over the last several years. From burdening it with required payment to prefund future retirees’ health benefits to blocking the closure of post offices and facilities to failing to pass comprehensive reform, postal management and lawmakers have...

TSP Sees Across-the-Board Gains for First Time in Five Months

December 1, 2014 All the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan were up in November, marking the second consecutive month of positive growth. Last month was the first since June the retirement investment accounts for federal employees saw across-the-board growth. The C Fund, invested in common stocks, rose 2.7 percent in...

Obama Threatens Veto Over Tax Deal Including a Bigger Mass Transit Benefit

November 26, 2014 Lawmakers are pressing to reach a deal on a tax extender bill that would include language providing federal employees a much larger mass transit benefit, but negotiations are temporarily stalled. President Obama issued a veto threat over the deal emerging between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich.,...

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