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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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Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

Congress Once Again Tries to Save the Postal Service

May 5, 2015 For each of the last several sessions of Congress, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has committed himself to shepherding a major reform of the U.S. Postal Service to President Obama’s desk. Each effort has fallen short, but his resolve has not waned. In the 114th Congress, Carper is starting from scratch...

How One Lawmaker Wants to Make Feds’ Prescription Drugs Cheaper

May 4, 2015 Stronger oversight of negotiators for federal employees and retirees’ prescription drug benefits would end feds’ overpayment for their medicine, according to a Democratic lawmaker. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has introduced the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Prescription Drug Oversight and Cost Savings Act, which would bring FEHBP enrollees’ drug costs...

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce

May 1, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unceremoniously launched his long-shot bid for the presidency on Thursday, becoming the first official opponent to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. As a self-described Socialist-Democrat, Sanders is a staunch advocate for increasing the role of government. In his career in the House and Senate he...

Lawmakers Remind EPA to Fire Porn Watchers, Obvious Bad Apples

April 30, 2015 Lawmakers on Thursday renewed their calls to fire badly behaving federal employees more swiftly, criticizing agency officials for setting a bad example by not doling out severe enough discipline to rule breakers. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on porn watchers and sexual harassers at the Environmental Protection...

Feds Dodge Bullet in Budget Deal, But Sequester Cuts Still Coming

April 30, 2015 Congress’ top budget negotiators struck a deal on Wednesday that avoided spelling out some of the major federal workforce cuts included in previous iterations of the blueprint. The compromise version of the fiscal 2016 blueprint -- which could receive a vote as early as this week -- would not mandate...

Where Americans Still Use the Postal Service the Most, in One Map

April 29, 2015 Across the country, people are using the mail less, and the U.S. Postal Service is suffering because of it. The volume of first class, single-piece mail -- composed of normal letters and other pieces requiring a basic stamp -- declined by a staggering 61 percent between fiscal years 1995 and...

How One Agency Will Use Sabbaticals and Rotations to Retain Employees

April 29, 2015 The State Department plans to give its workforce more flexibility to move within and outside of government, provide better training and hold managers more accountable as part of a series of sweeping reforms across the organization. State released its second ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review on Tuesday, which included...

Obama Nominates Top Coast Guard Official to Head TSA

April 28, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday nominated Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, the current vice commandant of the Coast Guard, to be the next head of the Transportation Security Administration. Neffenger has served in the Coast Guard -- another Homeland Security Department component -- for 30 years, including a stint as the deputy...

Is the Key to Improving Federal Workforce Morale to Stop Discussing It?

April 28, 2015 The best way to get rid of low morale is to stop talking about low morale. That is according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who heads the department ranked the worst place to work of any large agency in the federal government. “I have discovered that as a leader...

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