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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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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...

Lawmaker Pushes for 5.3 Percent Pay Raise

February 12, 2016 President Obama proposed in his fiscal 2017 budget to give federal employees their largest pay raise since 2010, but some lawmakers have said it is still not nearly enough. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will soon introduce a bill to give federal employees an across-the-board salary bump of 5.3 percent. The...

11 Major Agency Reforms in Obama’s Budget

February 11, 2016 Last year, President Obama’s budget provided congressional Republicans with “a good laugh.” The majority party in both houses is not even giving the White House that courtesy this time around, with both budget committees announcing they will not hold hearings on the administration's blueprint. While the budget is dead on...

Lawmakers Push for Bargaining Rights for TSA Employees

February 10, 2016 Lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would expand the collective bargaining rights of Transportation Security Administration employees, allowing TSA workers to negotiate over the same issues that most unionized feds already do. The 2016 Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act, introduced by House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson,...

USPS Records First Profit in Five Years as Obama Calls for Shedding 12K Postal Jobs

February 9, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service turned a profit in a financial quarter for the first time in five years, though President Obama still proposed the agency slash 12,000 employees in his fiscal 2017 budget. USPS posted a net income of $307 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the first...

Obama's Budget Laments Small Pay Raise, Noting Feds' Sacrifice

February 9, 2016 The Obama administration formalized its 1.6 percent pay raise proposal for 2017 in its budget unveiled Tuesday, but the White House does not appear satisfied with that amount. Throughout the document, the president made clear civilian federal employees have suffered in his administration. The White House repeatedly suggested federal workers...