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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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Postal Service Loses Nearly $2 Billion in Second Quarter

May 10, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service lost an average of more than $21 million per day in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, with a total loss of $1.9 billion. The loss was actually a 40 percent improvement over the same period last year, when USPS lost $3.2 billion. To date this...

Sequester, Postal Departures Weigh on Retirement Claims Backlog

May 9, 2013 Sequestration cuts and a dramatic uptick in U.S. Postal Service departures have slowed progress in clearing the backlog of federal retirement claims, officials said at a congressional hearing Thursday. Ken Zawodny, associate director for retirement services at the Office of Personnel Management, said the across-the-board spending cuts have forced a...

For Sale: Air Force One

May 9, 2013 Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day present? You could always go with Air Force One. That’s right, the General Services Administration is offering up a DC-9 aircraft that used to serve as the president’s official plane. “Presidential history for sale!” GSA tweeted from its official account Thursday. “Former Air...

Most Top Contractors Increased Business With Federal Government in 2012

May 8, 2013 A majority of the top 200 government contractors made more money on federal awards last year than in 2011, despite major budgetary cutbacks, according to a report released Wednesday. Overall, the federal government spent $516.3 billion on contracts in fiscal 2012, down 3.1 percent from fiscal 2011’s total of $532.6...

Reimbursement for Furloughed FAA Workers?

May 7, 2013 Furloughed employees at the Federal Aviation Administration might receive bonus vacation time, according to a statement from the agency and administration guidance. Many FAA employees took furlough days the week of April 21, under agency orders to take an unpaid day off every two weeks through Sept. 30. Congress agreed...

Hot Summer in Store for State Employees

May 7, 2013 While the prospect of a hot war may preoccupy some State Department officials in Washington this summer, the certainty of a hot office is bound to be on the mind of every employee at the agency. The department recently announced it will not furlough any employees this year. To reach...

Spending Law Restores $5 Billion to Sequestered Agencies, White House Says

May 6, 2013 The White House has identified nearly $5 billion in sequestration cuts that can be restored under the most recent spending measure passed in March, according to an administration official. The Office of Management and Budget has recalculated the cuts necessary since the updated continuing resolution passed and found $4 billion...

No Furloughs at State

May 6, 2013 Add the State Department to the growing list of federal agencies that will not furlough any employees. State will not require its workforce to take unpaid leave in fiscal 2013, the Associated Press has reported. Sequestration’s impact on the agency is less than half of what was originally anticipated, having...

'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...