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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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Should Federal Agencies Stop Researching Drunk Birds to Fund the Zika Response?

May 17, 2016 For most Republicans in Congress, the debate over funding the research into and prevention of the spread of the Zika virus is a standard issue divide over federal spending, offsets and balanced budgets. For Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., however, the clash playing out this week in both chambers represents something...

USPS Supervisors Are Doing Work Reserved for Unionized Employees, Costing Agency Millions

May 16, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is allowing salaried supervisors to conduct work set aside for union employees, according to a new report, forcing the agency to waste millions of dollars annually on unnecessary payments. An agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and USPS in 2014 that settled a 40-year dispute...

Trump to Federal Employee Union: ‘I Have Your Back’

May 16, 2016 Donald Trump has not always had the best relationships with organized labor, but he has found at least one union at the federal level with which he has a strong connection. The National Border Patrol Council -- which represents more than 16,000 Border Patrol agents -- endorsed the now presumptive...

Trump’s VA Privatization Plan, Feds Donating to Clinton and More From the Campaign Trail

May 13, 2016 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said health care is one of government’s top three responsibilities -- but apparently that task does not apply to veterans. Or at least not to the extent it is currently involved. Sam Clovis, Trump’s chief policy adviser, this week told The Wall Street...

TSA Chief Promises More Staffing, Better Accountability

May 12, 2016 Lawmakers praised the relatively new head of the Transportation Security Administration for cleaning up the troubled agency, but said that after less than one year on the job, he still has a long way to go to fix it. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing...

House to Unveil Smaller-Scale Postal Reform Proposal ‘Soon’

May 11, 2016 The House will soon release its own proposal to reform the U.S. Postal Service, lawmakers announced at a hearing Wednesday. The package may be smaller in scale than the bill in the Senate with bipartisan support, with leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee saying they were committed...

New Partnership to Give Feds College Discount Will Benefit Both Employees and Agencies

May 10, 2016 Federal employees will soon have a new option for getting college credit for on-the-job training they already have received. Federal agencies will soon be able to craft academic tracks at an accredited college tailor made to plug their skills gaps. Such are the expected benefits of a new partnership between...

USPS Back in the Red Despite Boosting ‘Controllable’ Profit 84 Percent

May 10, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service dipped backed into the red in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 after turning a profit for the first time in five years during the first three months of the fiscal year. The agency posted a net loss of $2 billion in the most recent period....

Is DHS Wasting Millions Paying Investigators It Doesn’t Need?

May 6, 2016 The Homeland Security Department may be wasting millions of dollars annually giving bonus pay to law enforcement officers it does not need, according to a new report. Customs and Border Protection converted 86 percent of its 212 investigative specialists into criminal investigative positions in 2015, which in turn made the...

USPS Has Not Saved as Much as It Expected From Cutting Post Office Hours

May 5, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service has saved less money than it anticipated from its long-term plan to cut hours at post offices across the country, according to a new report, and it has used incomplete and inaccurate information to make its savings estimates. USPS neglected to factor in potential revenue losses...

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