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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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'Oscars of Government Service' Finalists Announced

May 6, 2013 Thirty-one federal employees are finalists for the 2013 Service to America Medals for their achievements in a range of fields including hurricane forecasting, medical advancements and green energy development. “The Service to America Medal finalists remind us all about the true value and spirit of public servants,” said Max Stier,...

Feds Could Recover Some Furlough Days, OPM Says

May 3, 2013 Federal employees can convert extra furlough days into additional paid vacation in the event an agency cancels or draws back required unpaid leave, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. This situation could arise if a federal worker is given flexibility in when to take his furlough...

Several Agencies Still Mum on Furloughs

May 2, 2013 Several federal agencies have left their employees in sequestration limbo, failing to provide any details on the effects the automatic budget cuts will have on their workforces. Though sequestration is a 10-year budget reduction program, agencies have only begun scheduling furloughs through the end of the fiscal year on Sept....

Congress, FEHBP and ObamaCare

May 2, 2013 Back in 2010, as the health care reform debate was raging on, Senate Republicans proposed legislative language requiring lawmakers to drop their insurance coverage in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and enter the newly created exchange market. The proposal was a political gambit, attempting to force Democrats to cast...

USPS Extends Health Care to Non-Career Workers to Comply With Reform Law

April 30, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service has awarded a new contract outside the federal insurance program for non-career employees to ensure compliance with President Obama’s health care overhaul. The contract -- awarded to UnitedHealthcare -- will last a minimum of three years and could stretch as many as nine years. It is...

Lawmaker Wants USPS to Bring You Your Booze

April 30, 2013 Federal statute currently bars anyone from mailing any type of booze through the U.S. Postal Service. “All spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented, or other intoxicating liquors of any kind are nonmailable and shall not be deposited in or carried through the mails,” reads the U.S. code, a ban that dates back...

Expect Retirement Claims Backlog to Grow Due to Sequester, OPM Says

April 29, 2013 Federal retirees face a longer wait for their pension claims to process and for answers to their questions due to budget cuts from sequestration, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. The across-the-board cuts have forced OPM to ban all overtime for employees working in retirement services. The office has...

HUD Restructuring Could Relocate 900 Employees

April 26, 2013 The Housing and Urban Development Department has announced a “major restructuring” of field offices that will result in the relocation of approximately 10 percent of its workforce. HUD’s Multifamily Housing Programs and Field Policy and Management Offices will consolidate workplaces beginning this fall, according to the agency, and take place...

Air Force Secretary to Retire

April 26, 2013 Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will retire in June, the Pentagon has announced. Donley, who became acting secretary in June 2008 and was confirmed by the Senate four months later, will “return to private life” after a career in national security that spanned four decades. “It's been an honor and...

Congress Agrees to End FAA Furloughs

April 26, 2013 The House cleared legislation Friday to end furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration by a 361-41 vote after nearly a week of significant flight delays. The Reducing Flight Delays Act will head back to the Senate -- which already passed the bill Thursday -- for final approval before it heads...