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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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Feds to Congress: Leave us out of deficit deal

November 20, 2012 The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the fiscal cliff. Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the...

Peace Corps volunteers not properly informed on health care compensation options

November 20, 2012 The Peace Corps and Labor Department are not adequately monitoring access to and quality of health care compensation for volunteers returning home after serving, a report has found. As required by the Federal Employee Compensation Act, volunteers who serve abroad as part of the Peace Corps are entitled to reimbursement...

Record number of military suicides in 2012

November 19, 2012 Two branches of the U.S. military have reported a record number of suicides in 2012, according to USA Today. The Army has reported 168 soldiers have taken their lives, while 53 Navy sailors have done the same, both records. The Air Force and Marine Corps are just short of seeing...

Democrats: Leave federal employee health plan out of deficit deal

November 16, 2012 Several Democratic lawmakers plan to reject any deficit reduction proposal that targets federal employees’ benefits, Government Executive has learned. While some plans have called for cuts in civil servants’ compensation, including changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Democrats in Congress said federal workers should not be targeted to...

Live-tweeting war

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Often mundane social networking service Twitter is taking on what may be its weightiest subject yet: bombing raids. @IDFSpokesperson, the official, verified Twitter account of the Israeli Defense Forces, has provided information in real time to its more than 100,000 followers about its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, targeting...

Postal Service announces a record $16 billion loss in fiscal 2012

November 15, 2012 This story has been updated. The U.S. Postal Service lost nearly $16 billion in fiscal 2012, the agency announced Thursday, marking the sixth consecutive year of losses. The $15.9 billion total loss exceeded estimates of $15 billion. USPS lost $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011 and $8.5 billion in 2010. The...

USPS pension surplus looks much smaller than originally thought

November 14, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service has repeatedly pointed to an $11 billion surplus in its pension funds as a key to returning the agency to solvency. As it turns out, the surplus might be much smaller than projected. The Office of Personnel Management Direct John Berry said in a letter to...

Sandy's Heroes Win Health Benefits

November 14, 2012 Many of the part-time disaster assistance employees deployed in response to Superstorm Sandy have been working without the benefit of federal health insurance coverage. Last week that changed, as we reported. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday made the change official with the publication of an interim final rule...

MSPB targets paychecks of managers who don’t comply with its decisions

November 13, 2012 The most significant regulations update in the history of the Merit Systems Protection Board went into effect Tuesday, with the goal of ensuring that federal agencies enforce its rulings. The independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal employees, expanded its authority to crack down on agencies that fall out...

Issa holds out hope for postal reform this Congress

November 12, 2012 This story has been updated. A top House Republican remains optimistic that the lame-duck session of Congress will approve a comprehensive reform of the U.S. Postal Service. A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Government Executive that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman is hopeful Congress will work...