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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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Another Federal Office in Oregon Reopens After Closing for 7 Weeks During Malheur Standoff

February 24, 2016 The Fish and Wildlife Service facility in Oregon occupied for weeks early this year by militia members remains closed indefinitely as officials assess the damage and investigate the crimes committed. Another nearby facility, however, reopened on Wednesday. The Forest Service Emigrant Creek Ranger District office in Burns, Ore., closed as...

Lawmaker Tells Education to Get Tougher on Misbehaving Employees

February 23, 2016 The Education Department’s trivial punishments for misbehaving senior managers are undermining its culture, according to a top congressional overseer. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Education’s acting Secretary John King asking him to reconsider what the lawmaker views as...

Feds Are Likely to Support Obama's New Call for Expanding Gun Regulations

February 22, 2016 President Obama on Monday once again called for tighter regulation of guns, this time in the wake of a mass shooting in Michigan. An individual in Kalamazoo murdered six people on Saturday while injuring two others. A county prosecutor charged the suspect, who was expected to appear in court Monday,...

TSP Expected to Double in Size in Coming Years

February 22, 2016 The Thrift Savings Plan will double in size over the next eight years, the board governing federal employees’ retirement investment program estimated on Monday. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is gearing up for a huge increase in participation in 2018, its leaders said at a monthly board meeting, when...

Cutting Federal Pay 40 Percent, Eliminating Government Unions and More From the Campaign Trail

February 19, 2016 The presidential field has downsized, but the remaining presidential candidates are only increasing their rhetoric about the federal civil service. At a town hall hosted by CNN on Thursday, former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., was asked a fairly standard campaign trail question about what he would do to reduce U.S....

The DEA is Leaving Its Drug Seizures Vulnerable to Theft

February 18, 2016 The Drug Enforcement Administration is leaving the illicit drugs it seizes vulnerable to theft or tampering, according to a new report. The DEA is not properly documenting, tracking or relocating its intake of seized drugs, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in findings released Thursday. The agency’s shortcomings have compromised...

Republicans Renew Push for More Data on Union 'Official Time'

February 17, 2016 House Republicans are ramping up their push to bring more accountability to the practice of federal unions conducting business on the taxpayer’s dime. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Mark Meadows, the chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its Government Operations Subcommittee, respectively, authored letters to the...

Federal Agencies to Receive Audit Into Their PR Spending

February 17, 2016 The Government Accountability Office is launching an investigation to shed a light on a sector of federal agency spending long kept in the shadows: advertising. GAO’s announcement came after some powerful lawmakers have pressed agencies for more disclosure into their spending on public relations and advertising. A 2014 Congressional Research...

Obama Calls for One-Year Onboarding Program for All New Senior Execs

February 16, 2016 Top leaders across the federal government will soon have to spend one year learning the ins and outs of their agencies upon joining them, as spelled out in new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The memorandum lists implementation instructions for a provision of a 2015 executive order issued...

Feds to Be Kept Away From Oregon Refuge for Weeks Despite Militia’s Stand Down

February 12, 2016 While the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has ended, federal employees reporting to the Fish and Wildlife Service facility will still wait several weeks before returning to work, federal officials have said. The FBI and local law enforcement on Thursday arrested the remaining militia members who had occupied...