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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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Obama Budget Calls for Postage Rate Hike, Other USPS Reforms

April 10, 2013 President Obama outlined an overhaul to the U.S. Postal Service as part of his budget proposal Wednesday, calling for more flexibility to adjust to the agency’s “changing marketplace.” The proposal includes a change to USPS’ retiree health benefits prefunding requirements and allows for a one-time postal rate increase, to be...

Postal Service Reverses Plans to End Saturday Mail Delivery

April 10, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service has canceled its plans to end Saturday mail delivery on the heels of a congressional mandate to continue with a six-day schedule, the agency announced Wednesday. USPS’ Board of Governors reached the decision during an April 9 meeting. In its spending bill to fund government for...

Mailing Experts Hit Capitol Hill as Lawmakers Negotiate Postal Reform

April 9, 2013 A House oversight subcommittee was set to hear from a wide variety of U.S. Postal Service business partners at a hearing Wednesday, as lawmakers continued to negotiate an overhaul to the agency. Representatives from saturation mail companies, trade publications, daily newspapers and postal trade groups were slated to share their...

OPM to Agencies: Create Personal Advocates for Civilians Returning from Combat Zones

April 8, 2013 All federal agencies should create a single point of contact to assist civilian employees returning home from war zones, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act called for the establishment of a Post-Combat Case Coordinator at each agency. The coordinator should help...

Obama: Budget Will Reduce the Deficit Without 'Aimless, Reckless' Cuts

April 8, 2013 President Obama’s budget -- set to be released Wednesday -- will grow the nation’s economy while reducing its deficit without “self-inflicted wounds from Washington” like sequestration, Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. Obama highlighted the deficit reduction his administration has already enacted and said his budget would create $2...

Obama’s Budget Targets COLAs, Federal Retirement Benefits

April 5, 2013 President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal will include a less generous formula for calculating federal retirees’ cost of living adjustments, and ask federal employees to make higher contributions to their retirement pensions, a senior Obama administration official has informed members of Congress. The official said Obama would agree to a chained...

More Officials Dock Their Pay in Solidarity With Feds

April 4, 2013 A growing cast of lawmakers and public officials exempt from sequestration cuts have announced they will take voluntary pay cuts in solidarity with federal employees facing mandatory furloughs. Secretary of State John Kerry joined the ranks of Cabinet secretaries to forfeit salary Thursday, with the State Department announcing he will...

Deciding Who Gets Furloughed Is a Sticky Wicket

April 4, 2013 Congress has asked the Pentagon to shoulder about half the spending cuts resulting from sequestration, more than $40 billion, in the remainder of fiscal 2013. For months, the Defense Department has been wrestling with how and where to implement the cuts. Budget leaders were given some extra flexibility recently, when...

Beleaguered Feds Likely to Lose Personnel Chief Within Two Weeks

April 2, 2013 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry’s term expires in less than two weeks, and he is expected to announce his departure from OPM soon, Government Executive has learned. His exit would come just as federal employees at a number of agencies start to feel the effects of sequestration, including...

Help Wanted Assessing Costs and Benefits of Five-Day Mail Delivery

April 2, 2013 The Postal Regulatory Commission is seeking help to analyze the costs and contribution of discontinuing Saturday mail delivery. PRC issued two requests for proposals Monday looking for a commercial partner to assist in evaluating costs and savings in ending delivery of flat mail on Saturdays while continuing six-day package delivery,...