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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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Postal Notes: Stealing, Crashing, Groping and Other USPS News

August 29, 2013 Postal Notes is an occasional feature showcasing new, unusual and sometimes inspiring occurrences in the world of the U.S. Postal Service. Supplemental Income File fake tax returns. Use homes on mail route for return addresses. Intercept mail, cash checks. The perfect crime. That’s what Miguel Duran thought, before he was ...

OPM: Your Health Benefits Are Safe Under Obamacare

August 29, 2013 The Obama administration wants the federal workforce to know about Obamacare. The Office of Personnel Management has issued a memorandum to federal agencies to explain the new health insurance marketplace -- created by Obama’s landmark health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short -- ...

More than 3,000 Civilian Medical Personnel Quit Amid Furloughs, Budget Cuts

August 28, 2013 More than 3,000 Defense Department medical civilians have left the agency in the face of furloughs and continued budget uncertainty, according to a report in USA Today. A majority of the departures have come from the Army, where 5 percent of the civilian medical workforce has quit or retired this ...

Thousands of Civilian Medical Staffers Leave Defense Amid Furloughs

August 28, 2013 More than 3,000 Defense Department medical civilians have left the agency in the face of furloughs and continued budget uncertainty, according to a report in USA Today. A majority of the departures have come from the Army, where 5 percent of the civilian medical workforce has quit or retired this ...

Reeling from Sequestration, Forest Service Fights Rim Fire

August 27, 2013 The U.S. Forest Service has taken on a large role in containing and suppressing the wildfire that has burned more than 179,000 acres in Northern California, despite running out of firefighting funds earlier in August. Part of the Agriculture Department, the Forest Service has deployed more than 500 personnel to ...

Suspended and Unlicensed VA Physicians Receive Pay Bonuses

August 23, 2013 Doctors working for the Veterans Affairs department received performance-based bonuses despite providing poor treatment, according to a new report, due to a lack of agencywide standards defining the prerequisites for the monetary awards. In fiscal 2011, about 80 percent of Veterans Health Administration providers -- physicians and dentists -- received ...

DoD Will Lay Off 6,000 Civilians if Sequestration Continues

August 23, 2013 The Defense Department is preparing to lay off more than 6,000 civilian employees starting in October, should sequestration cuts continue, as expected. The Pentagon will begin the paperwork necessary to implement the reductions in force by mid-September if Congress fails to enact an alternative to the reduced budget levels, according ...

Pentagon Planning to Lay Off Thousands of Civilians After September

August 23, 2013 The Defense Department is preparing to lay off more than 6,000 civilian employees starting in October, should sequestration cuts continue, as expected. The Pentagon will begin the paperwork necessary to implement the reductions in force by mid-September if Congress fails to enact an alternative to the reduced budget levels, according ...

Uncle Sam Wants You (to Work on Your Golf Game)!

August 22, 2013 Do you really want to serve your country, but worry it’ll cut down on your time on the links? At last, the perfect opportunity has presented itself. The U.S. Army has posted an opening for a “golf pro” in Zama, Japan. The Army has a post in city, known as ...

State Department Says Unionizing Its Foreign National Workers Would Threaten Security

August 22, 2013 The State Department has rejected an attempt to unionize foreign nationals working for the agency, according to a letter department officials sent a union. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers -- a union housed within the AFL-CIO -- reached out to the State Department about the possibility of ...