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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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Will a Busy Fall Congressional Schedule Derail Postal Reform?

September 10, 2013 The top oversight leader in the House has vowed to move forward with his bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service, despite the full plate of high-priority issues Congress currently faces. Both the House and Senate, which came back to Washington this week after a month-long recess, must vote on ...

House to Vote This Week on Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

September 9, 2013 The House plans to vote this week on a continuing resolution to fund government past the end of the fiscal year, according to Republican leadership. Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., included the spending measure in his weekly legislative schedule after lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill following a month-long recess. ...

Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

September 6, 2013 The Combined Federal Campaign -- the 52nd annual federal employee charity drive -- kicked into gear this week, hoping to reverse the recent trend of decreasing donations and participation. But the fundraiser comes during an ongoing pay freeze and the mandatory furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers. Elaine Kaplan, ...

Same-Sex Spouses Now Eligible for Veterans Benefits

September 6, 2013 President Obama has extended federal benefits to same-sex spouses of military veterans, the Justice Department announced. The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which defined marriage as between a man and a woman -- though the law did ...

Army Allows Back Pay for Civilians Who Took Extra Furlough Days

September 5, 2013 The Army will provide back pay to civilian employees who took more than the requisite number of furlough days, in exchange for giving up an equivalent amount of annual leave, according to an Army spokesman. The problem arose when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cut the number of furlough days necessary ...

Ex-EPA Employee Allegedly Made Up CIA Employment to Get Out of Work

September 5, 2013 A former executive at the Environmental Protection Agency used a series of lies and embellishments to defraud the government out of nearly $900,000, according to The Washington Post. John C. Beale allegedly told his bosses he was away from his job in order to conduct “sensitive work for another agency,” ...

Senator Calls $8.7M in Obamacare Ads a 'Blatant Misuse' of Taxpayer Funds

September 4, 2013 A Republican senator has deplored the Obama administration for using taxpayer funds to advertise the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health care overhaul. The Health and Human Services Department, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to spend $8.7 million to “promote Obamacare ...

Loans to Furloughed Feds Suspended

September 4, 2013 The organization that has helped cash-strapped furloughed feds has run out of money. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which provides emergency no-interest loans, natural disaster grants and scholarships to needy federal workers, has stopped handing out new furlough loans to employees due to a “cash flow problem.” The ...

Postal Service IG Puts Retirement and Leave Benefits Under the Microscope

September 3, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service’s internal auditor is seeking private sector input on the best way to administer paid time off and retirement benefits, according to multiple online solicitations. The USPS’ inspector general posted the requests on the FedBizOpps, asking for a supplier with “subject matter expertise” to develop a report ...

Around Government

September 1, 2013 Films About War Iraq War veteran Michael Chan pursued two dreams—the military and movies. By Susan Fourney High on the list of risky career moves are fighting wars and making movies, and Michael Chan took a chance on both. The 27-year-old Iraq War veteran, who served two tours with the ...