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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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More Snow Days No Longer Means Less Work for Feds

February 13, 2014 A few days every winter, a nearly audible buzz emanates from federal employees who wait like schoolchildren to hear the magic words: Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area are closed. Thursday marked the third closure of D.C.-area federal offices during the 2013-2014 winter, more than the previous three winters...

Federal Union Worries Congress Will Target It Next

February 12, 2014 After fighting to end a three-year pay freeze, reverse sequestration spending caps and avoid pension contribution hikes for current federal employees in 2013, unions representing the federal workforce are turning their attention to new obstacles in 2014. For the American Federation of Government Employees, the primary focus could be protecting...

House Suspends Debt Limit for 13 Months

February 11, 2014 The House on Tuesday evening voted to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling through March 15, 2015. The Senate likely will pass the debt ceiling bill later this week. Lawmakers have until Feb. 27 to raise or again suspend the debt limit without risking default, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew....

Union Leader: 'We’re Not Taking Crap From Nobody'

February 10, 2014 Lawmakers addressing the American Federation of Government Employees on Monday told union members to continue pressuring Congress to keep the federal workforce in mind when crafting and voting on legislation. The union is holding its Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference this week to educate their members, raise funds for the...

Postal Service Shows Improvement, But Still Loses $350 million in First Quarter of Fiscal 2014

February 7, 2014 The U.S. Postal Service lost $354 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, a significant improvement over its performance in the same period last year. USPS lost $1 billion less last quarter than in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, when it was $1.3 billion in the red. The...

Federal Retirements Surge in January

February 7, 2014 Federal employees retired in droves in January, causing the claims backlog at the Office of Personnel Management to balloon. North of 17,000 workers filed retirement claims with OPM last month, more than tripling the total from December. Still, the agency received 2,617 fewer claims than it expected to in January....

Senate Panel Approves Postal Service Overhaul

February 6, 2014 A Senate committee passed a bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service Thursday, sending a measure to the Senate floor that would drastically alter the agency’s business structure and its employees’ benefits. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., originally introduced their...

Feds Still Fighting for Additional Shutdown Pay

February 5, 2014 Now that Congress has passed a two-year budget deal, and appropriated money to federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year, the memories of closed national parks and back pay arguments that resulted from last year’s government shutdown seem like a distant memory. Well, not for everyone. More than...

House Approves Bill to Temporarily Ban Senior Exec Bonuses at VA

February 4, 2014 The House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would ban bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department for the next five years. The provision was included in a larger bill to require public universities to charge veterans attending their schools in-state tuition rates. The House previously approved a...

More Agencies Offer Buyouts and Early Retirement

February 4, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency will offer buyout incentives to thousands of employees, offering workers up to $25,000 to separate from the organization. The cash-strapped agency will target employees from its regional offices to trim its workforce, though some workers at “headquarters-type offices” will also receive separation incentives, according to a...