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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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USPS Losses Grow to $2.1 Billion in Third Quarter

August 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.1 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, including $587 million in what the agency deems “controllable losses,” a significant increase over the previous year. Revenue in the quarter actually stayed virtually flat in the period between April 1 and June 30 compared to...

Defense Contractor Billed Government for Porsches, Million-Dollar Salaries and Secret Guns

August 9, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from the Defense Department. A contractor providing intelligence and training services to the Defense Department billed luxury cars to the government, sought reimbursements for the salaries of well-connected secretaries who did little in the way of actual work and exceeded statutory caps for...

New Labor Contract Will Give 200K Postal Workers a Raise, but Trim Their Benefits

August 8, 2017 More than 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees will soon receive a pay raise but face a slight decrease in health benefits under a new labor contract formally agreed to this week. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 213,000 city mailmen and women across the country, ratified an agreement...

House to Consider Remaining Eight Spending Bills in One Package After Recess

August 8, 2017 The House plans to consider the eight remaining spending bills that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown en masse when it returns from recess in September. The package would set the appropriations for all federal agencies except for those already included in a “minibus” bill that covered defense,...

Senate Passes Bill to 'Crack Down' on Feds Spending Improperly

August 7, 2017 Federal employees could soon face increased oversight on their use of government travel and purchase cards, with the Senate unanimously approving a measure aimed at curbing misuse and abuse of spending. The Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act would task the General Services...

Court Forces Agencies to Come Clean on Mid-Century Purge of Gay Feds

August 7, 2017 The FBI will soon have to turn over documents involving its role in purging the federal government of gay and lesbian employees, under a recent court ruling. A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group called the Mattachine Society challenged the Justice Department after its records request into the decades-long...

Trump Administration, Reversing Trend, Sheds 11,000 Federal Employees in Six Months

August 4, 2017 The Trump administration has shed nearly 11,000 federal employees during its first six months, reversing a two year trend of gains throughout the executive branch. A July jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday showed non-postal federal agencies employed 2,188,900 workers at the end of the month,...

Why Americans Wait Two Years to Have Their Social Security Claims Heard

August 4, 2017 The Trump administration is looking to restock the bench of executive branch judges who rule on cases ranging from Social Security disability claims to labor relations disputes, but advocates say that hiring would only partially fix the problems that ail agencies. The Office of Personnel Management announced this week that...

Social Security Offers Nearly Its Entire Workforce Early Retirement

August 4, 2017 The Social Security Administration is opening up separation incentives to nearly every job category across its workforce, with about one in four employees eligible to leave. The largest independent federal agency announced the early retirement offer in a June memorandum obtained by Government Executive. All employees who wish to take...

USPS' Pay for Performance System Isn't Rewarding Top Performing Employees

August 3, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service is failing to reward its top performers under a pay system designed to recognize excellence, according to a new report, instead relying on group metrics that collectively punish employees for the work of their colleagues. Using the Capital Metro Area as a sample, the USPS inspector...