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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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IRS Begins Privatization of Long-Term Tax Debt Collection

September 27, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service unveiled its plan to turn over collection of outstanding tax debt to private companies, as required by Congress though a law passed in 2015. The IRS identified four companies to collect unpaid taxes deemed “inactive” by the agency, meaning government personnel have ceased working on the...

What Federal Employees Should Know From the First Trump-Clinton Debate

September 26, 2016 The Republican and Democratic nominees for president held their first debate on Monday, discussing a range of issues including how they would attempt to reform federal agencies and programs. Donald Trump discussed the need to spend less and cut regulations, and boasted of the support he was won from federal...

Second Federal Employee Union Endorses Trump for President

September 26, 2016 The labor group representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers endorsed Donald Trump on Monday, marking the first time the group has ever endorsed a candidate for president. The National ICE Council is the second federal employee union to endorse Trump, joining the National Border Patrol Council, which backed the Republican...

Everyone Seems to Want Federal Employees to Use Uber

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Congress and the White House, and from both sides of the political aisle, the same idea is gaining momentum to ensure federal employees spend less of taxpayers’ money: use Uber. On Thursday, the House unanimously passed a measure with bipartisan sponsorship to require the General Services Administration to issue...

Everyone Seems to Want Federal Employees to Use Uber

September 23, 2016 In Congress and the White House, and from both sides of the political aisle, the same idea is gaining momentum to ensure federal employees spend less of taxpayers’ money: use Uber. On Thursday, the House unanimously passed a measure with bipartisan sponsorship to require the General Services Administration to issue...

Lawmakers Demand That Heads Roll at National Park Service Over Harassment Scandal

September 22, 2016 Lawmakers continued their assault on National Park Service leadership at a hearing Thursday, with members of both parties remaining unflinching in their criticism of the agency’s handling of widespread reports of sexual harassment even after learning of the current director's plans to retire. In the second hearing investigating pervasive examples...

The 5 Agencies Where Employee Satisfaction Is Growing the Most

September 21, 2016 For the second consecutive year, federal employees are slightly happier with their jobs than they were the year before. In the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score -- which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization -- rose to 61 percent from...

The 5 Agencies Where Employee Satisfaction Is Dropping the Most

September 21, 2016 While morale and engagement ticked up on a governmentwide basis among federal employees in 2016, not all agencies experienced the same trend. In the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the global satisfaction score -- which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization -- rose to...

Obama Administration Gives Some Contractors a Pay Raise Next Year, Too

September 20, 2016 Low-wage contractors working for federal agencies will receive a pay bump next year, as the minimum wage created by an Obama administration executive order will increase slightly in 2017. The lowest wage for any employee working on or in connection with federal contracts will be $10.20 per hour, up from...

Federal Employees Slightly Happier, More Engaged At Work in 2016

September 20, 2016 Federal employees are marginally more engaged in and satisfied with their jobs this year than last, according to a new governmentwide survey measuring the workforce’s attitudes on morale, management and compensation. This marks the second consecutive year the numbers ticked up. The Office of Personnel Management, which administers the Federal...