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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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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 ...

Top Defense Offices Could Face 20 Percent Staff Cut

July 16, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced a potential 20 percent cut to his office and the staffs of combatant commanders over several years. Hagel said budget cuts from sequestration may require a “20 percent across-the-top cut in our offices,” to begin in 2015 and be completed by 2019. The ...

Pentagon Promises to Halt Pay Raises for Foreign Nationals

July 16, 2013 The Defense Department will follow through with plans to give German employees a pay hike, despite congressional backlash. But officials have committed to preventing future raises and bonuses for foreign nationals. “I was disappointed to learn this pay increase will proceed,” said Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., during a press teleconference ...

Can the House Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Postal Reform?

July 15, 2013 The House’s oversight committee will discuss multiple proposals for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service at a hearing this week. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold the hearing -- The Path Forward on Postal Reform -- Wednesday after its chairman and ranking member each released their own proposals ...

Sequestration Would Force Civilian Personnel Cuts in 2014, Hagel Says

July 11, 2013 The Defense Department is considering civilian reductions in force in fiscal 2014 to match reduced budget levels required by sequestration. In a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that while he is “fully committed” to enacting President Obama’s budget, he is currently planning a ...

Federal Charity Drive Overhaul Proposals Draw Criticism

July 11, 2013 A plan to reform the Combined Federal Campaign in response to declining donations would cause the charity drive to lose its local appeal and increase overhead costs, stakeholders told lawmakers this week. Representatives from various charities echoed members of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, ...

House Democrat’s New Postal Reform Bill Finds Some Common Ground

July 10, 2013 The Democrats’ House oversight leader has introduced his own bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, seeking to create new and innovative products for the agency, reduce the number of employees and alter the payment schedule for USPS liabilities. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and ...