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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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The Postal Service’s Latest Problem: Dilapidated, Unsafe Buildings

January 21, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has slashed jobs, posted net losses for several consecutive years, raised its prices and cut back on services. The latest problem for the beleaguered agency? Decrepit post offices. USPS instituted a capital spending freeze in 2009, resulting in a severe underfunding of postal facilities’ upkeep, the ...

Around Government

January 21, 2014 Sequestration Relief The easing of spending caps could stave off more furloughs, at least for now. Agencies likely won’t have to force employees to take unpaid leave in 2014, but accomplishing their missions could still prove difficult. In December 2013, Congress finally came together to pass a bipartisan budget compromise, ...

Report: Boosting Military Retiree Health Costs Would Save Billions

January 17, 2014 Raising TRICARE costs for retirees is the most effective way to curb rapidly increasing military health care expenses at the Defense Department, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Funding for military health care jumped by 130 percent between 2000 and 2012, thanks primarily to legislative efforts ...

Congress Pushes Forward on Security Clearance Reform Bill

January 16, 2014 The House has approved a Senate measure to bolster oversight of the security clearance process, providing funding for inspector general auditing of the investigations. The Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement -- or SCORE -- Act enables the Office of Personnel Management to use its revolving fund -- an account ...

Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 Some military retirees scored a small victory this week. The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military ...

Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 Some military retirees scored a small victory this week. The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military ...

The Spending Bill’s Biggest Losers

January 15, 2014 After reaching a compromise spending measure for the remainder of fiscal 2014, lawmakers celebrated another rare breakthrough of bipartisan accord critical to creating stability for the government and the American public. For individual agencies, however, the deal is a mixed bag. While the appropriations bill unveiled Monday and under consideration ...

What the Spending Bill Means for Federal Employees

January 14, 2014 Wage-grade federal employees would receive the same 1 percent pay raise in 2014 as their white-collar salaried colleagues, thanks to a provision included in the fiscal 2014 appropriations deal announced Monday evening. While the Obama administration ended a three-year pay freeze for most of the federal workforce just before Jan. ...

Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan?

January 13, 2014 This story has been updated. Jobs at the U.S. Postal Service will disappear at a faster clip over the next eight years than in any other labor sector, according to an analysis from the Labor Department. In its 2014-2015 Occupational Outlooks Handbook, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics identified three ...

Congress to Pass Three-Day Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

January 10, 2014 Congress is poised to pass another stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown, though it will only fund agencies for three additional days to give lawmakers more time to strike a deal on a full-year appropriations bill. The current continuing resolution will expire Jan. 15, and congressional appropriators have ...