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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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Lawmakers Push for 3.9 Percent ‘Emergency’ COLA in 2016

December 2, 2015 Retired federal employees should receive at least as much of a raise next year as private sector CEOs, according a bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers, which has proposed providing an “emergency payment” to make up for the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment in 2016. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced on...

Agencies Spent $80M in 2014 Forcing Employees Not to Work

December 1, 2015 A sample of 18 federal agencies spent more than $80 million last year for some employees to not work for at least one month, according to a new report, and one lawmaker has vowed to finally reform the process legislatively. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a report more than one...

Bay Area, D.C. Feds to Receive the Largest Pay Raises Next Year

November 30, 2015 The Obama administration on Monday unveiled the exact adjustments to base salaries employees in each locality pay area will receive in 2016, with the largest increases concentrated in major American cities. The first adjustments to locality pay since 2010 will rope about 108,000 federal employees into a specific locality area...

Expect More Rotations But No Major Pay Reforms in Obama’s SES Executive Order

November 30, 2015 Senior executives at federal agencies could soon see a small pay raise and be asked to take more rotational assignments, according to a draft executive order to reform the top ranks of the civil service, though advocates for the executives expressed concern the proposed changes did not include more financial...

Republicans Call for More Federal Government, and Other News From the Campaign Trail

November 20, 2015 In the Republican presidential primary, most candidates have focused their federal government reform efforts on which agencies they would cut. One 2016 hopeful, however, has come out in favor of creating a new one. In a speech delivered in Washington, D.C., this week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would...

Federal Agencies 'Adapt,' 'Stretch' to Accommodate More Syrian Refugees

November 19, 2015 As the House on Thursday voted to create a more stringent screening process for refugees resettling in the United States, federal agencies said they are “adapting,” “flexing,” and shifting resources around to bring in vastly more Syrians in fiscal 2016. The refugee program has come under significant scrutiny since the...

Syrian Refugee Dispute Raises Prospects for December Shutdown

November 18, 2015 Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, scores of politicians from around the country have called for an end to the U.S. program for accepting refugees from Syria. And dozens of lawmakers want to defund the program through the forthcoming fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill, setting the stage for...

Yet Another Agency Head Asks for More Firing Authority

November 17, 2015 The embattled Secret Service should have an easier time firing misbehaving employees, agency director Joseph Clancy told a bicameral panel of lawmakers on Tuesday. Clancy continually agreed with members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Homeland Security committees as they deplored recent scandals involving Secret Service...

Seeing Red

November 17, 2015 The federal budgeting process is broken. Former lawmakers and budget office leaders know it, current negotiators on Capitol Hill know it, a whole slew of good government groups know it and perhaps most of all, federal agencies know it. Under a process established in 1974, the president submits a budget...

Americans Support Cutting Mail Services to Save USPS, Survey Finds

November 17, 2015 A majority of Americans support significant changes in U.S. Postal Service operations to help secure the agency’s financial future, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, found nine in 10 Americans --...