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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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House Panel Moves Postal Service Closer to Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery

June 23, 2014 The House has taken a major step to allow the U.S. Postal Service to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations subcommittee -- headed by Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla. -- did not include a rider in its version of the fiscal 2015 funding bill to require ...

Why Some Air Traffic Controllers Are Too Tired to Safely Navigate Planes

June 13, 2014 Air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration work shifts that cause fatigue and poor performance on the job, according to a new report. The National Research Council detailed a litany of concerns with FAA’s staffing and scheduling processes, noting some policies create safety concerns. The researchers suggested the agency ...

Labor Gets Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

June 13, 2014 The Labor Department announced on Thursday it will soon issue regulations to implement the increased minimum wage for federal contractors, following up on a February executive order from President Obama. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said the agency’s proposed rule would apply the $10.10 per hour minimum wage to contracts signed ...

Lawmakers Vow Not to Miss 'Opportunity of a Lifetime' to Reform the VA

June 12, 2014 Lawmakers with oversight of the Veterans Affairs Department voiced at a House hearing on Thursday their desire to use the recent scandal as an opportunity to overhaul the agency. Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee heard from private-sector medical experts, as well as a top-level VA executive, to reflect ...

One Chart Tracking the Many Ways Congress Wants to Fix VA

June 11, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department is, by many accounts, broken, and Congress has a lot of ideas to fix it. The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to pass the McCain-Sanders VA bill, the most comprehensive attempt at finding solutions to the agency’s recent and systemic issues. The bill addresses concerns relating to ...

Donovan Welcomes What Senator Calls the Best and Worst Job in Government

June 11, 2014 The next likely head of the Office of Management and Budget promised to lead federal agencies with data-driven performance metrics, at a nomination hearing Wednesday. Shaun Donovan, currently the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department and nominated last month by President Obama to be the next OMB director, ...

House Bans Bonuses for All VA Employees Through 2016

June 10, 2014 The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that would ban bonuses for all Veterans Affairs Department employees for the next three years. The Veterans Access to Care Act would allow veterans experiencing long waits for an appointment at a VA facility, or those who live more than 40 miles ...

House Votes to Ban Bonuses for All VA Employees Through 2016

June 10, 2014 The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that would ban bonuses for all Veterans Affairs Department employees for the next three years. The Veterans Access to Care Act would allow veterans experiencing long waits for an appointment at a VA facility, or those who live more than 40 miles ...

House Panel Clears 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

June 10, 2014 A House panel on Tuesday approved a $491 billion Defense spending bill for 2015, which includes a 1.8 percent pay increase for service members. The legislation, supported unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee, features $128.1 billion for military pay and personnel. The personnel funding level is $669 million below the ...

House Targets Firing VA Officials With Second Bill

June 9, 2014 The House passed another bill on Monday to ease the firing of managers at the Veterans Affairs Department and restrict their bonuses. The chamber cleared unanimously by voice vote the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act, which would require the VA secretary to identify who is responsible for implementing the solution ...