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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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Agencies Post Job Openings Despite Sequester

May 29, 2013 A job posting is not a hire, according the federal government human resources’ agency, and searching for new talent is critical despite severe budget cuts. The Office of Personnel Management made the assertion after a Washington Times report found that many federal agencies are hiring despite the across-the-board spending cuts ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Offers Buyouts to Avoid Furloughs

May 28, 2013 The Broadcasting Board of Governors has begun to offer agencywide buyouts as part of efforts to avoid mandatory unpaid leave. “Buyouts are one of the ways we are working to avoid furloughs and absorb the budget cuts under sequestration,” said Tish King, a BBG spokeswoman. The buyouts will be worth ...

It Takes A Village

May 28, 2013 Lean times call for bold ideas at the U.S. Postal Service. The agency has faced a tough task over the last few years, fulfilling its obligation to provide universal delivery service while racking up record losses in mail volume and revenue. In practice, this means reaching more than 150 million ...

A Forced 4-Day Weekend for 1 in 20 Feds

May 24, 2013 Several federal agencies have shuttered their doors Friday, opting to take departmentwide furlough days to reach the cuts required by sequestration. The Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development Department, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Management and Budget have forced all their employees to simultaneously take unpaid leave. ...

Older Feds Less Likely to Use Strengths at Work

May 24, 2013 Young federal employees are more likely than older federal employees to use their strengths in the workplace, according to a new study. Eighty-five percent of feds age 18 to 29 “use their strength to do what they do best every day,” while only 77 percent of workers age 65 and ...

Americans Still Like the Postal Service

May 23, 2013 Nearly all Internet-enabled Americans would feel the impact of the elimination of the U.S. Postal Service, according to a recent survey, though only about half would be significantly impacted. The online survey, conducted by the USPS inspector general’s office, found Americans poorly educated about the details of the nation’s mailing ...

Obama to Nominate Katherine Archuleta as OPM Director

May 23, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama will nominate former campaign staffer and Labor Department official Katherine Archuleta to head the Office of Personnel Management, the White House has announced. Archuleta has vast experience in federal government, most recently serving as chief of staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She ...

House Panel Backs Greater Oversight of Union Workers with Federal Salaries

May 22, 2013 A bill to require more transparency in the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- cleared a House oversight committee Wednesday. The legislation -- H.R. 568, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. -- calls for the Office ...

Pentagon to Exempt Sexual Assault Prevention Workers from Furloughs

May 22, 2013 This story has been updated. The Pentagon will spare civilian sexual assault prevention personnel from mandatory furloughs this year, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reached the decision after the recent arrests of multiple personnel working in sexual assault prevention offices for domestic disputes and sexual ...

Feds Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 21, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama told Oklahomans they would "have all the resources they need" as they begin recovery efforts from a series of tornadoes that claimed the lives of several dozen people. Obama declared a disaster in the state, freeing up federal funding and resources to assist ...