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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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Lew would enter Treasury with lower net worth than predecessors

January 25, 2013 President Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, would enter the office among the least wealthy of his recent predecessors, CNN has reported. Lew, whose Senate confirmation hearings have not yet been scheduled but is considered likely to be confirmed, is worth between $748,000 and $1.7 million according to financial...

Navy orders layoffs of thousands of temps, issues civilian hiring freeze

January 25, 2013 The chief of U.S. Navy operations has directed top officers to begin implementing budget cuts, including laying off thousands of temporary employees, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Adm. Jonathan Greenert told flag officers and top executives the cuts should include reducing base operations and “preparing to cancel” maintenance work on about...

DFAS issues hiring freeze, says furloughs possible

January 24, 2013 The Pentagon’s financial and accounting office will institute a hiring freeze and other spending cuts to adapt to Defense’s shrinking budget, according to Federal Times. As sequestration looms -- automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 should lawmakers fail to reach an alternative compromise -- the Defense...

CFC charity groups obscuring overhead costs, report finds

January 23, 2013 Federations that provide administrative services to charities participating in the Combined Federal Campaign are not forthcoming about the fees they charge, making it difficult for CFC participants to determine how much of their donations go to overhead costs, according to a new report. Formed as umbrella groups of organizations with...

Postal Service could dramatically increase business with federal agencies, report finds

January 22, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service can generate nearly $35 million in revenues over two years by increasing its viability as a federal contract recipient, according to a new report. USPS’ inspector general’s office found by adapting to the needs of federal agencies -- by broadening price flexibility, for example, and guaranteeing...

Obama calls for new ideas and technology to 'remake' government

January 21, 2013 President Obama kicked off his second term with a call for government to play a supporting role to civic activism and problem solving by average Americans. After taking his second oath of office Monday, Obama said in his inaugural address that government could not solve all the nation’s problems on...

Military branches struggle to cap civilian jobs wisely

January 18, 2013 The military services failed to fully rely on competency gap assessments when reducing their civilian workforces to meet a Pentagon cap, according to a new report. Only about one-third of the assessments have been made, the Government Accountability Office found. The Pentagon told the auditors they will not be completed...

Union criticizes Pentagon for targeting civilians

January 17, 2013 Defense Department guidance on preparations for the possibility of sequestration unfairly targets civilian employees, according to a major federal employees union. The American Federation of Government Employees sent a letter to a top Pentagon official Wednesday sharply criticizing the department for proposing to slash civilian jobs over contracted jobs, bypassing...

Defense has improved care for special needs children, report finds

January 17, 2013 The Defense Department is improving and streamlining its efforts to care for military families with special needs children, according to a new report. Defense policy states its child care centers must accommodate special needs children unless doing so fundamentally changes the nature of the program, the Government Accountability Office found....

Letter carriers win raise, will pay more for health benefits

January 15, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service and a major union reached an agreement through arbitration that raises pay but also requires employees to pay more for their health benefits. The National Associational of Letter Carriers and USPS were forced to go to arbitration after the two sides reached an impasse, according to...