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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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OMB Tells Agencies to Modernize Financial Systems

March 26, 2013 Agencies must streamline their financial systems to reduce costs and increase transparency, according to a White House memo. Currently, the Office of Management and Budget said, financial systems are designed to meet agency-specific needs and lack a governmentwide approach. In the future, agencies should create shared solutions to modernize core...

Are Relocation Incentives Overlooked as a Recruiting Tool?

March 25, 2013 The federal government must improve its employee relocation program in order to recruit and retain the best workers, according to a federal managers advocacy group. The Senior Executives Association released a white paper Monday saying the government currently treats employee relocation as a procurement and travel issue, rather than a...

USPS Ranks Last Among Postal Services Worldwide, Report Finds

March 22, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service ranked as the lowest-performing postal agency or commercial operator in a new global, private industry report. The survey, released by Accenture, evaluated 24 government-operated postal organizations and two private companies that together deliver 75 percent of the world’s mail. The report found USPS burdened by legacy...

Bill Aims to Cure Rising Prescription Drug Costs

March 22, 2013 This story has been updated. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has proposed a bill to increase oversight and regulation of prescription drug costs for federal employee health beneficiaries. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Prescription Drug Integrity, Transparency and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1367) would provide “the best benefits at the...

GAO to USPS: You Still Have to Deliver Mail Six Days a Week

March 21, 2013 A requirement the U.S. Postal Service deliver mail six days a week still applies to the agency under current law, according to a Government Accountability Office decision. Argument to the contrary “rests upon a faulty USPS premise,” GAO said. What this decision will mean for the Postal Service’s plan to...

Unlike Some Benefits, Sequester Is Here to Stay

March 21, 2013 Remember the days when everyone from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., called sequestration bad policy, and President Obama said it “will not happen”? Oh, how far we have come. The across-the-board spending cuts are already in effect, and federal employee furloughs are all but certain....

House Committee Approves a Pair of Bills Targeting Federal Tax Cheats

March 20, 2013 A House oversight committee passed two bills Wednesday targeting federal employees and contractors who are delinquent on their taxes, sending both pieces of legislation to the House floor for a full vote. The 2013 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act would allow the government to fire federal employees who fail to...

How Exactly Will Ending Saturday Mail Delivery Save Money?

March 19, 2013 Two lawmakers have condemned the U.S. Postal Service for failing to respond to a request for more details on a schedule change that would end Saturday mail delivery. USPS said it has already provided adequate information. On Jan. 31, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., sent a...

Senator Tells Feds to Keep Fighting for a Better 2014

March 18, 2013 Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., pleaded with federal employees Monday to continue defending public service, telling a group of U.S. Census workers it is a “fight worth fighting.” “Stand up for what you believe in,” Cardin said at the town hall meeting in suburban Maryland. “Don’t let them pick on the...

GAO to Review White House Sequestration Approach

March 18, 2013 The Government Accountability Office will issue an agency-by-agency review of sequestration planning and implementation, according to Federal News Radio. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., chairman of the House Budget Committee, requested the review in a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro earlier this month. Ryan asked GAO to monitor the Obama...