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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 Vote That Could Lead to Congress Finally Passing Postal Reform

July 12, 2016 A House committee on Tuesday passed a measure to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, giving the legislation bipartisan support that could lead the lower chamber to pass its first significant USPS reform in 10 years. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved the 2016 Postal Service Reform Act,...

Congress Takes Up Bill to Restrict Interpretive Powers of ‘Unelected Bureaucrats’

July 12, 2016 Congressional Republicans are pushing to limit the discretion federal agencies hold in interpreting laws, with the goal of reining in the power of unelected civil servants. The House on Monday began consideration of a measure to undo a more than three-decades-old court precedent that gives agencies leeway in carrying out...

New 40-Month Contract Gives Nearly 200,000 USPS Employees 3.8 Percent Raise

July 11, 2016 A union representing 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees reached a new, 40-month contract with the agency through an arbitrator on Friday, with covered career workers winning a 3.8 percent pay increase over the course of the agreement. Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued the contract after the American Postal Workers Union and...

House Advances Feds’ Pay Raise, as Well as a Bonus Ban

July 8, 2016 The House on Thursday approved a spending bill that would pave the way for federal employees to receive their largest across-the-board pay raise since 2010, though the measure includes some provisions civil servants will likely find troubling. Lawmakers voted in favor of the Fiscal 2017 Financial Services and General Government...

Lawmakers Want Feds to Use Transit Perks to Pay for Uber During Metro Delays

July 8, 2016 Federal agencies throughout the Washington, D.C.-region have taken a variety of measures to ease the transportation burden on employees dealing with the Metrorail’s year-long maintenance plan, but for some lawmakers those options were not sufficient. Agencies have offered employees flexible schedules, increased use of telework and parking permits, among other...

House Republicans Block Effort to Deliver Mail Faster and Keep USPS Facilities Open

July 7, 2016 This story has been updated. The House late Wednesday blocked a measure to require the U.S. Postal Service to revert back to the delivery standards it maintained before 2012, which the mailing agency said would have cost it $1.5 billion annually. A committee had unanimously approved an amendment to a...

Overhaul Veterans Care by Working with More Private-Sector Firms, Panel Says

July 7, 2016 A congressionally chartered panel released its vision on Wednesday for a vastly different veterans health care system that integrates more private sector facilities and eases the hiring and firing of employees, but declined to strip the Veterans Health Administration of its status as a government agency. The Commission on Care,...

Panel Recommends Sweeping Changes to Vets’ Health Care, VHA Civil Service

July 6, 2016 A congressionally chartered panel released its vision on Wednesday for a vastly different veterans health care system that integrates more private sector facilities and eases the hiring and firing of employees, but declined to strip the Veterans Health Administration of its status as a government agency. The Commission on Care,...

House Votes to Create Charity to Fill Funding Gaps at Bureau of Land Management

July 5, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to create a new entity that allows members of the public to donate money or property to protect federal lands, taking the first step in following other Interior Department agencies with sister non-profits. The Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act, introduced by Rep. Jody...

Panel Wants Details on Political Appointees Who Burrow In to Career Jobs

July 5, 2016 House lawmakers want more details on the political appointees agencies covert into full-time career employees, joining the Senate in seeking an investigation into the process known as “burrowing in” before the upcoming presidential transition. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter...

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