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Eric Katz

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.
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.
Workforce

VA Seeks 125% Increase in Diversity and Inclusion Counselors

Lawmakers, stakeholders note that the Veterans Affairs Department has a long way to go to ensure equity in its workforce, particularly within senior executive ranks.

Workforce

Postal Service to Issue Layoff Notices Later This Month

USPS declined to specify how many positions would be eliminated, but said it aims to offer impacted workers opportunities for reassignment.

Management

USPS Defends Slower Mail Proposal Before Its Regulator

Regulatory commission will have final say on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's biggest reform.

Oversight

Lawmakers Look to Crack Down on White House's Discretion in Allocating Agency Funding

Democrats decry "unelected officials" who make spending decisions in communities they do not understand.

Pay & Benefits

Administration Formally Launches Program Giving Feds Up to 15 Weeks Off for COVID-19 Related Illness, Child Care

Congress created a $570 million fund for the initiative, and once that runs out, workers will have to take personal leave or leave without pay.

Workforce

Biden Seeks IRS Spending Surge to Reverse Years of Staffing Cuts

Funding would go toward hiring enforcement personnel focused on high-income taxpayers and customer service staff.

Management

Senate Committee Advances Biden's Nominees for USPS Board

Just one Republican joins all Democrats in approving the three governors-designate.

Workforce

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Pushes Federal Hiring Spree to Address Border Influx

Several agencies would see boosted workforces, even those where Democrats previously resisted such efforts.

Management

Biden's Postal Board Nominees Pledge Better Service and Workforce Investments

Their confirmation would give Democrat-aligned members a majority of the nine Senate-confirmed slots on the USPS board of governors, but the board would still be unlikely to fire Postmaster General DeJoy.

Management

With Hurricane Season Looming, FEMA Aims to Stave Off Burnout After 'Tiresome' Year

Some offices are at 10% capacity due to widespread deployments, leaving few employees behind to prepare for upcoming storms.

Workforce

Federal Agencies Can Require COVID-19 Testing for Employees, CDC Says

Employees who refuse tests could face "consequences," while those forced to quarantine should be supported, guidelines say.

Management

USPS Should Outsource More Post Offices and Request Subsidies, IG Says

Postal management said only it was "eager to consider" proposals to get the agency out of the red.