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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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Bill Phasing Out Door-to-Door and Saturday Mail Delivery Heads to House Floor

July 25, 2013 The fate of postal reform remains mired in uncertainty after once again clearing the oversight committee by a party line vote Wednesday. The 2013 Postal Reform Act -- introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., -- gained the full support of the Republican majority ...

Small Perks Proposed for Beleaguered Feds

July 25, 2013 Indiscriminate budget cuts caused by sequestration have forced Border Patrol agents to work fewer overtime hours. For the inconvenience, a group of Democratic lawmakers want to give the agents a tax break. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, has introduced the Border Security Tax Relief Act, which would allow Border Patrol employees ...

Wanted: Experienced Attorneys Willing to Work for Free

July 23, 2013 The Justice Department has taken a new approach to dealing with the cutbacks caused by sequestration: hiring new employees, but not paying them. Justice has posted more than a dozen unpaid positions on its website, according to ProPublica, which first reported the story. These are not simply summer internships, either; ...

Military Education, Sequestered

July 22, 2013 Children often watch the local weather forecasts with glee, hoping with every fiber of their being the storms will grant them the most vaunted wintery gift of all: a snow day. Less common, however, are students who gather ‘round to watch C-SPAN, hoping beyond hope that lawmakers will fail to ...

Feds Shying Away From TSP

July 22, 2013 The number of civilian participants enrolled in the federal employees’ retirement investment plan has dropped to its lowest point in the last year. About 2.4 million participants were enrolled through the Federal Employees Retirement Systems as of last month, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- the agency ...

Lawmaker: Allow Small Businesses to Enroll in Fed Health Plans

July 19, 2013 A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a plan to ease small businesses’ transition into new requirements in the Affordable Care Act by allowing them to opt into the federal employees health care system. Legislation from Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska -- the Healthy Competition for Small Business Act -- would grant small ...

Obama Orders Agencies to Recruit Volunteers

July 19, 2013 President Obama is calling on federal agencies to use volunteers to accomplish their tasks as part of a larger effort to boost community service throughout the country. The White House issued an executive order Friday -- Expanding National Service through Partnerships to Advance Government Priorities -- to establish a task ...

Feds Appeal Furloughs in Droves

July 18, 2013 Hundreds of federal employees are appealing their furlough decisions every day, according to the agency charged with adjudicating the petitions. The Merit Systems Protection Board -- an independent, quasi-judicial agency -- had received 2,100 appeals as of Thursday morning, and about 1,000 more are still being processed. The vast majority ...

Lawmakers Closing Gap for Bipartisan Postal Overhaul

July 17, 2013 Lawmakers on the House oversight committee continued to find common ground toward a bipartisan bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, with a key Republican conceding several major Democratic sticking points at a hearing Wednesday. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced several ...

Veterans’ Same-Sex Spouses Still Waiting for Benefits

July 17, 2013 When the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, more than 1,000 federal laws involving marriage allowed same-sex spouses to reap the same benefits that opposite-sex couples enjoy. Through something of a loophole, however, those rights were not expanded to same-sex spouses receiving benefits through the Veterans Affairs ...