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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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Most Sequestration Furloughs Won't Begin Before April

February 14, 2013 Federal employees will not feel the immediate impact of sequestration, should automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 take place, an Obama administration official said Thursday. Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel told the Senate Appropriations Committee that union negotiations would start on March 1,...

Postal Reform Nears End Zone, Lawmakers Say

February 13, 2013 Lawmakers on Wednesday said comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to overhaul the struggling U.S. Postal Service can be approved imminently, possibly by the end of March. “Last Congress we were in the red zone but not the end zone,” said Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. “We...

Public-Sector Workers Rally Against Sequestration

February 12, 2013 Hundreds of public-sector employees gathered with their unions outside the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday for a rally against the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Representatives from the American Federation of Government Employees, a federal workers union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which covers...

Agencies Must Provide Better Protection for Sexual Assault Victims, OPM Says

February 12, 2013 All federal agencies must in the coming months write or update their policies for responding to employees who have committed or been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM’s memo comes after President Obama’s April 2012 guidance requiring the...

Poll: Americans Think Private Sector Works Harder Than Public Sector

February 11, 2013 Two-thirds of Americans think private-sector employees work harder than those in government, according to a new survey. Seven percent of respondents said public-sector employees work harder, while 25 percent were not sure. Respondents also said government workers have more job security and earn higher salaries than their private-sector counterparts. The...

More Feds Appealing Poor Performance Reviews

February 8, 2013 More federal employees filed complaints based on performance reviews in 2012 than in years past, while the overall number of complaints went down, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. MSPB -- an independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal workers -- found in its annual report the number...

Postal Service loses $1.3 billion in first quarter of fiscal 2013

February 8, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service on Friday announced a $1.3 billion loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, despite record sales from the holiday period. USPS actually ran an operational surplus of $100 million for the quarter, which lasted from Oct. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. But ultimately it...

GOP Lawmakers Want More Oversight of Union Workers With Federal Salaries

February 7, 2013 A group of Republican lawmakers is calling for more transparency in the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- proposing a bill to require an annual report detailing its use. The legislation -- H.R. 568, sponsored by...

Postal Service announces plan to end Saturday mail delivery

February 6, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery -- but maintain six-day delivery for packages -- effective the week of Aug. 5, the agency announced Wednesday. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the new schedule will save the Postal Service $2 billion annually. It will cut 45 million work hours...

Satisfaction with federal services on the rise thanks to e-gov

February 6, 2013 The federal government remains the lowest rated economic sector in the country, despite two consecutive years of improved ratings, according to a new report. The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey found approval of federal government services rose 2.2 percent to a score of 68.4 out of 100. The score ranked...