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 Will Miss a Pay Raise Champion

March 2, 2015 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced on Monday she will not be seeking re-election when her term expires next year. The lawmaker was known for many things, including being the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, but to federal employees Mikulski was best known as a champion. Her position as...

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations

March 2, 2015 The Homeland Security Department avoided a shutdown on Friday, although it did so with just hours to spare and only temporarily. The shutdown clock has been reset, once again with a Friday at midnight deadline. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson cautioned Congress to avoid a short-term funding measure, saying the uncertainty...

Ted Cruz Wants to Reform Federal Hiring

February 27, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is better known for blocking federal employees from working than he is for helping them get a job. The man often cited as the architect of the 2013 government shutdown is, perhaps, attempting to change that perception. Cruz and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., have backed a...

Lawmakers Call for Shutdown Solidarity, Offer to Refuse Pay If DHS Closes

February 26, 2015 Due to congressional inaction, hundreds of thousands of federal employees may soon have their pay cut off. Some lawmakers see this as an injustice. This has led Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., to introduce the No Homeland Security, No Pay Act, which would withhold the pay of members of Congress if...

DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Status

February 25, 2015 The Homeland Security Department has begun notifying the employees who would face furloughs if the agency shuts down at midnight on Friday of their impending unpaid, non-work status, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. The notifications have gone out on an informal basis, Johnson said at a press conference, rather...

More Than 300,000 Non-Defense Feds Made Six Figures in 2014

February 25, 2015 About 308,000 federal employees took home more than $100,000 in salary in 2014, according to a partial database of pay information. That is roughly 30 percent of the employees included in the database compiled by, using information compiled from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies. It does...

8 Ways a Shutdown Would Damage Homeland Security

February 24, 2015 The Homeland Security Department will shut down Friday at midnight without congressional intervention, though many lawmakers think it is not that big of a deal. Some in Congress have correctly noted about 86 percent of DHS employees still reported to work during the 2013 government shutdown. This has led some...

Lawmakers Want to Guarantee Back Pay For All DHS Employees if Agency Shuts Down

February 24, 2015 All Homeland Security Department employees would receive back pay in the event of an agency shutdown under a measure introduced by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers Tuesday. The bill would provide retroactive pay for about 30,000 workers who would face furloughs for the duration of the shutdown. Unlike those who...

17,000 Federal Employees Earned More Than $200K Last Year

February 23, 2015 More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data. The information, compiled by using data from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, shows the annual compensation for every civilian federal worker,...

VA Employees Get Some Recognition at the Oscars

February 23, 2015 Employees at the Veterans Affairs Department’s suicide hotline were recognized at the Oscars Sunday, with a film about their work taking home the award for Best Documentary Short. “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” -- a 40-minute documentary that first aired on HBO last year -- was given the Academy Award....

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