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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Step Down

November 14, 2014 This story has been updated. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will leave his role as the head of the U.S. Postal Service, the agency’s board of governors announced Friday. Donahoe has served as USPS postmaster general and CEO since 2010. His tenure has largely been marked by cutting the agency’s workforce ...

As Clock Winds Down, Agencies Await Fate of Obama’s Nominees

November 13, 2014 Sometimes, long waits and uncertainty for presidential appointees have consequences. Tom Burke, appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency, was forced to relinquish his deanship at Johns Hopkins University. Beth Robinson, nominated to the Energy Department, gave up altogether, deciding her more than one year of waiting was more than she ...

Senator: Good Federal Employees Can’t Be Ordered on Amazon

November 12, 2014 Good federal employees cannot be mail ordered. That was the closing argument from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the outgoing chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, at a hearing Wednesday to discuss a White House request for $6.2 billion in emergency funding to aid the fight against Ebola. “We need to ...

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated

November 12, 2014 U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees received a scare last month when the Office of Personnel Management reported their share of their health care premiums would skyrocket nearly 19 percent in 2015. USPS, however, said the reality is not so bad. OPM said labor-postal management negotiations were to blame for ...

Hacked Employees File Charges Against Postal Service

November 11, 2014 Many are questioning the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to wait several months to make public a breach of employees’ personal information, though the agency defended the delay as necessary to mitigate the fallout from the hack. The American Postal Workers Union filed a complaint on Monday to the National Labor ...

Lawmakers Aim to Fire More Federal Employees in 2015

November 7, 2014 Some lawmakers are looking to the new Congress to pass legislation to ease the firing of federal employees, with hopes the Republican-controlled Senate will be friendlier to the idea. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., in July introduced a bill to mitigate the hurdles in firing and suspending senior executives at federal ...

Six Areas Where the New Congress Could Squeeze Feds

November 6, 2014 The midterm election did not go the way federal employee advocates had hoped. Most of the candidates backed by federal labor groups lost, and those unions are already expressing concern about what a Republican-controlled Congress will mean for their members. It is not hard to see where that fear stems ...

Federal Employee Unions Expect a ‘Tough Two Years,’ But Promise to Fight On

November 5, 2014 Federal employee advocates on Wednesday conveyed significant concern with the major Republican gains made in Tuesday’s midterm election, but vowed to continue to work with both parties to pursue the interests of the federal workforce. Unions representing federal workers expressed their resignation toward a “tough two years” coming up for ...

10 Races for Feds to Watch: The Results

November 5, 2014 Republicans boasted major gains in the House and Senate on Tuesday, and the party will control both chambers of Congress come 2015. In close race after close race, things broke poorly for the Democrats, both in federal and state races. Republicans have netted at least seven Senate seats already, with ...

What the Election Results Mean for Federal Employees

November 4, 2014 Republicans won control of the Senate Tuesday, with several lawmakers historically friendly toward federal employees defeated. In Arkansas, Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor was defeated by Republican Rep. Tom Cotton. Pryor sits on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has oversight over the federal workforce. He is ...