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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Senator to USDA: Cancel Wine Tastings Before Furloughing Food Inspectors

March 5, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has called for the Agriculture Department to cut conference spending to avoid employee furloughs, the latest in a series of suggestions stemming from the lawmaker’s ongoing effort to “prioritize” sequestration cuts. Coburn pointed to two conferences in particular -- the California Small Farm Conference and the...

House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze

March 4, 2013 A Republican lawmaker has included an extension to the federal pay freeze in a proposal to fund government and avoid a shutdown after March 27, when the current appropriations agreement runs out. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., maintained sequestration-level spending in the bill to fund government through...

Sequestration May Add to the Postal Service’s Financial Troubles

March 4, 2013 U.S. Postal Service officials expressed concern over the effects sequestration will have on business, despite being exempt from the $85 billion in cuts, The Hill reported. USPS is not directly affected by sequestration cuts because it does not receive taxpayer funds, instead relying on its own sales for funding. But,...

An Actual Sequestration Furlough Notice

March 1, 2013 A formal sequestration furlough notice sent by the Justice Department ahead of across-the-board budgets cuts was posted online by a lawmaker on Friday. “We recognizethe difficult personal financial implications" of forced unpaid leave, Justice told assistant U.S. attorneys in the Feb. 20 notice. “This furlough is necessitated by the Budget...

Bill Would Cut Fed Workforce by 10 Percent in Three Years

March 1, 2013 A Republican lawmaker has proposed a bill to cut the federal workforce by ten percent in three years, claiming the move would save $35 billion over five years. The Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act proposes to limit new hires to one employee for every three that retire or leave....

Most Fed Bonuses Forbidden Under Sequestration

February 28, 2013 Most awards and bonuses given to federal employees would be canceled indefinitely under sequestration, according to a new White House memo. The Office of Management and Budget guidance said “discretionary monetary awards to employees should occur only if legally required until further notice.” OMB released the memo as $85 billion...

Attorney General Perks Include Personal Use of Agency Aircraft

February 28, 2013 The Justice Department spent $11.4 million on executives’ non-mission aircraft travel from 2006 through 2011, nearly a quarter of which was for personal travel. The attorneys general and FBI director serving in this period overwhelmingly accounted for the travel, taking 95 percent of the flights, according to the Government Accountability...

Senator Suggests Cuts to Avoid Pentagon Furloughs

February 27, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called for the Pentagon to eliminate “unnecessary” jobs and programs in an effort to avoid furloughing “essential personnel,” should sequestration take effect March 1. The ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pointed to eight Defense employees who serve on the Board of...

GOP Sequester Alternative Targets Federal Pay, Benefits

February 27, 2013 A Republican lawmaker will propose an alternative to sequestration Thursday, putting off the across-the-board spending cuts with a plan that targets federal employees’ pay and benefits. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., drafted the bill -- the 2013 Sequester Replacement and Spending Reduction Act -- which includes provisions to extend the federal...

Army Squandering Millions on Unreturned Clothing, Equipment

February 26, 2013 The Army lost $20 million over the past six years at just two bases from civilians and contractors not returning clothing and equipment, according to a new report. The Defense Department Inspector General’s Office found the Pentagon has not followed up on a 2010 report calling for stricter oversight of...