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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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Saving Earth and Agency

September 1, 2013 Dianne Shoaf has been called a hero, but she does not want all the credit. “Postal employees are really the heroes,” says Shoaf, who won the White House’s 2012 Sustainability Hero Award for her efforts coordinating the Lean Green Team at the U.S. Postal Service. The team spearheads “low- and...

New Plan Would Give Feds a Year to Make Up for Religious Time Off

August 30, 2013 The Obama administration wants to require federal employees to provide proof of religious holidays in order to take compensatory time off, but would grant them an extended period to make up the hours. The new guidance updates proposed rules the Office of Personnel Management put forth in 2005. In October,...

GSA Unfreezes Federal Per Diems

August 30, 2013 Federal employees will receive a small increase in their per diems starting in October, the General Services Administration announced Friday. Federal agencies will reimburse their employees traveling in “standard” areas of the continental United States up to $129 per day for expenses -- $83 for lodging and $46 for meals...

Postal Service Seeks to Lease Vehicles It Can't Afford to Buy

August 29, 2013 The Postal Service will soon begin adding more leased vehicles to its fleet, as a cash shortage has prevented it from purchasing new vans and trucks. The decision marks a shift for the agency, which currently owns nearly all of the more than 211,000 vehicles in its fleet. USPS decided...

Telling Citizens What Exactly Government Does Would Cost $100 Million

August 29, 2013 Proposed legislation to meticulously track every federal program and contract would cost $100 million over five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, sponsored by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., would require federal agencies to identify and describe each program they administer, the costs to...

Postal Notes: Stealing, Crashing, Groping and Other USPS News

August 29, 2013 Postal Notes is an occasional feature showcasing new, unusual and sometimes inspiring occurrences in the world of the U.S. Postal Service. Supplemental Income File fake tax returns. Use homes on mail route for return addresses. Intercept mail, cash checks. The perfect crime. That’s what Miguel Duran thought, before he was...

OPM: Your Health Benefits Are Safe Under Obamacare

August 29, 2013 The Obama administration wants the federal workforce to know about Obamacare. The Office of Personnel Management has issued a memorandum to federal agencies to explain the new health insurance marketplace -- created by Obama’s landmark health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short --...

More than 3,000 Civilian Medical Personnel Quit Amid Furloughs, Budget Cuts

August 28, 2013 More than 3,000 Defense Department medical civilians have left the agency in the face of furloughs and continued budget uncertainty, according to a report in USA Today. A majority of the departures have come from the Army, where 5 percent of the civilian medical workforce has quit or retired this...

Thousands of Civilian Medical Staffers Leave Defense Amid Furloughs

August 28, 2013 More than 3,000 Defense Department medical civilians have left the agency in the face of furloughs and continued budget uncertainty, according to a report in USA Today. A majority of the departures have come from the Army, where 5 percent of the civilian medical workforce has quit or retired this...

Reeling from Sequestration, Forest Service Fights Rim Fire

August 27, 2013 The U.S. Forest Service has taken on a large role in containing and suppressing the wildfire that has burned more than 179,000 acres in Northern California, despite running out of firefighting funds earlier in August. Part of the Agriculture Department, the Forest Service has deployed more than 500 personnel to...