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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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Groups Launch Six-Figure National Ad Campaign to Oppose Postal Privatization

8:00 AM ET A group of U.S. Postal Service advocates have launched a national advertising campaign to push back on the Trump administration's proposal to privatize the mailing agency, warning Americans about potential drawbacks of a non-governmental system. The ad, titled “Keep It. It’s Yours,” comes with a media buy that will air...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Makes Late Push for Two-Year Budgeting

November 15, 2018 A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is pushing for major reforms to the budgeting process for federal agencies, calling on Congress to pass top-line spending levels every two years instead of annually. Lawmakers have kicked the idea around for years, but nudged the proposal closer to law in a joint...

Postal Service Loses $3.9 Billion in Fiscal 2018

November 14, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday reported that it saw a $3.9 billion loss in fiscal 2018, a 44 percent larger dip into the red over the previous year despite a $1 billion revenue increase. Ongoing volume losses of 3.6 percent during the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, led...

USPS Wins Approval for Largest-Ever Price Increase for Stamps

November 13, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator on Tuesday approved the largest-ever price increase for the cost of a stamp, cementing a 10 percent spike to bring the price tag for sending a letter to 55 cents. The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the jump after determining the Postal Service’s proposal complied with...

Here's What Incoming Democratic Leaders Have in Mind for Federal Agencies

November 12, 2018 As Democrats prepare to take control of the House in the 116th Congress, their leaders are promising a dramatic increase in oversight over an array of issues they say the Republican majority neglected to properly investigate. As ranking members become chairmen in committees across the lower chamber, Democrats will be...

VA Secretary Expects Budget Increase Despite Trump’s Order to Slash Spending

November 9, 2018 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department expects his agency will see its largest budget ever in 2020, despite a request from President Trump for all agencies to slash spending by 5 percent. Asked at a National Press Club event in downtown Washington on Friday if VA will be subject...

Here's Why Some Are Questioning the Constitutionality of Trump's New Acting AG

November 8, 2018 While President Trump clearly acted within his authority when appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, some legal scholars are criticizing the move by questioning the constitutionality of the underlying law. Whitaker, who replaced Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department on Wednesday after Trump asked for Sessions’ resignation,...

With Midterms Over, Lame-Duck Congress Now Turns to Avoiding a Shutdown

November 7, 2018 Leaders in Congress and the White House appeared at odds over government funding for the remainder of fiscal 2019, once again raising the possibility of a shutdown for many agencies across government. President Trump used his first public appearance after Republicans lost control of the House in the midterm elections...

What Democrats Winning the House Means for Federal Employees

November 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats on Tuesday won dozens of House seats across the country and will control the lower chamber in the next Congress, a result that promises a big impact on the jobs and compensation for federal employees. Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010, which...

What Democrats Winning the House Means for Federal Employees

November 6, 2018 Democrats on Tuesday won dozens of House seats across the country and will control the lower chamber in the next Congress, a result that promises a big impact on the jobs and compensation for federal employees. Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010, which...