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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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Outgoing Postal Chief's Advice: End Pensions, Overhaul Feds' Health Care

January 6, 2015 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is ending his 39-year career at the U.S. Postal Service next month, and he has some advice for those he is leaving behind in the federal government: do away with pensions. In a farewell speech reflecting on his career long service with USPS, the embattled Donahoe,...

The US Navy Joins the Search for AirAsia Flight

January 5, 2015 The U.S. military has joined the effort to recover parts from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia last week, as well as the remains of those on board. Two Navy ships -- the USS Fort Worth and USS Sampson -- are aiding...

USPS Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Many Facilities

January 5, 2015 When the U.S. Postal Service announced it would shutter 82 mail processing facilities in 2015, it planned to start closing many of the plants in January. But for at least 10 of the facilities, USPS has now moved back that timetable to April or later. The Postal Service began consolidating...

Navy Joins AirAsia Search Efforts

January 5, 2015 The U.S. military has joined the effort to recover parts from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia last week, as well as the remains of those on board. Two Navy ships -- the USS Fort Worth and USS Sampson -- are aiding...

Agencies Show Little Progress in Improving the Federal Hiring Process

January 2, 2015 The Obama administration has set some lofty, and measureable, goals to improve hiring and recruiting at federal agencies. Slowly, agencies are making progress. Very slowly, in fact. In the recently released Chief Human Capital Officers management satisfaction surveys, agencies ticked up slightly in all of the key categories relating to...

Two GSA Managers Fired in Conference Scandal Reinstated With 30 Months of Back Pay

December 30, 2014 Two managers linked to the lavish conference that mired the General Services Administration in scandal in 2010 will be returning to work after GSA initially fired them for their alleged involvement. In a decision last week, the Merit Systems Protection Board demanded GSA cancel the removals of Paul Prouty, former...

Despite Senate’s Confirmation Spree, Many Agencies Maintain Key Leadership Vacancies

December 23, 2014 The Senate closed out a historically gridlocked 113th Congress with a rare display of productivity: the upper chamber confirmed dozens of President Obama’s appointees in the final weeks of the legislative session. The confirm-a-thon filled the ranks of mid-to-high-level positions at agencies across government. The confirmations provided certainty to agencies...

Not All Federal Employees Have the Day After Christmas Off

December 22, 2014 Through snow, rain, heat, gloom of night -- and federal holidays? The U.S. Postal Service takes pride in its employees’ ability to deliver mail no matter the circumstances. This year, that will include on Dec. 26, when nearly all other federal employees will be enjoying an extra vacation day. The...

Air Force Cancels Its Plans for Layoffs in 2015

December 19, 2014 The Air Force has walked away from plans to lay off employees in 2015, saying it already has reached the requisite level of budget cuts through previous workforce reductions. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement at a town hall earlier this week, saying she made the decision...

Possible Furlough Days Coming to IRS Employees

December 19, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service may furlough employees in 2015 due to the drastic budget cuts it will face next year, according to the agency’s chief. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has already told staff of a hiring freeze and overtime suspension, with limited exceptions, in 2015. He told reporters Thursday the...