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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.
Pay & Benefits

USPS Announces Workforce Attrition Measures to Accompany Reorganized Structure

The Postal Service is centralizing some of its functions, and some positions are on the chopping block.

Pay & Benefits

Senate Will Soon Consider Extra Paid Leave and Ethics Crackdown for Feds

Final legislative details affecting feds for two sweeping packages winding their way to the Senate.

Pay & Benefits

House Panel Advances Measure to Boost Hiring, Bonuses at State Department

There is bipartisan support for the first State Department authorization bill in nearly two decades.

Management

Biden's Postal Board Nominees Unlikely to Spell Quick End to Postmaster General's Tenure

The president's picks are probably not going to vote to remove DeJoy and are knowledgeable on postal issues, observers say.

Management

Postmaster General Previews Slower Mail and Improved Employee Benefits, Supports New Postal Reform Bill

DeJoy says the new legislation, coupled with his business plan, would allow USPS to break even after years of losses.

Management

Postal Service Finally Awards Contract to Replace Decades-Old Vehicle Fleet

While the initial deal is worth $482 million, USPS eventually expects to spend billions of dollars on the new fleet.

Workforce

VA Touts Lower Employee COVID-19 Infection Rates, Improved PPE Supply

Officials praise VA workforce's resiliency as widespread vaccination leads to far fewer employees missing work.

Workforce

Officials Still Fighting for Vaccine Distribution for D.C.-Area Feds Despite Initial Rejection

Lawmakers caution the Biden administration against “foisting” feds onto state vaccination programs.

Management

Federal Hiring and Workforce Reforms Included in Biden's Immigration Package

The U.S. Citizenship Act would take steps to address major operational hurdles to boosting legal immigration.

Management

How USPS Came to Overstate Its Pandemic Fallout

The pandemic's impact on the Postal Service has not been nearly as dramatic as the agency once feared.

Workforce

Biden Task Force Says Unmasked Feds Should Face Discipline, Calls for Bonus Leave

A task force on federal employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic has issued its first set of guidelines.

Workforce

Some Agencies Tell Employees They Should Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine, But Offer Little Other Help

Federal agencies and states appear to disagree on who is responsible for vaccinating frontline federal workers.

Pay & Benefits

Employees Raise Concerns as IRS Recalls Staff From Home Ahead of Tax Season

IRS is no longer allowing at-risk workers to take safety leave rather than report to their offices.

Workforce

Defense Is Documenting Just 3% of Estimated Cases of Civilians Experiencing Sexual Assault

Shortfalls in the Pentagon's approach with the civilian workforce give the Biden administration another challenge as it addresses the "scourge" at Defense.

Management

USPS Turns Profit During Busy Season, Says Transformational Changes Coming Soon

We “disappointed the nation,” DeJoy says of ongoing mail delays, while threatening slower service standards going forward.