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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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Union criticizes Pentagon for targeting civilians

January 17, 2013 Defense Department guidance on preparations for the possibility of sequestration unfairly targets civilian employees, according to a major federal employees union. The American Federation of Government Employees sent a letter to a top Pentagon official Wednesday sharply criticizing the department for proposing to slash civilian jobs over contracted jobs, bypassing...

Defense has improved care for special needs children, report finds

January 17, 2013 The Defense Department is improving and streamlining its efforts to care for military families with special needs children, according to a new report. Defense policy states its child care centers must accommodate special needs children unless doing so fundamentally changes the nature of the program, the Government Accountability Office found....

Letter carriers win raise, will pay more for health benefits

January 15, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service and a major union reached an agreement through arbitration that raises pay but also requires employees to pay more for their health benefits. The National Associational of Letter Carriers and USPS were forced to go to arbitration after the two sides reached an impasse, according to...

DEA agents linked to Secret Service prostitution scandal

January 11, 2013 A Drug Enforcement Administration officer hired and paid for a prostitute for a Secret Service agent in Colombia in advance of a presidential visit last year, according to a Justice Department report. The DEA officer was stationed in Cartagena, Colombia, where 13 Secret Service agents were involved in a prostitution...

26,500 employees accept Postal Service buyout

January 10, 2013 About 26,500 U.S. Postal Service employees have accepted the agency’s latest buyout offers, according to updated figures. This amounts to about 23 percent of the more than 115,000 employees who were eligible for the separation incentive. They will each receive $15,000 in compensation. About 20,000 of those who chose to...

E-government could help dig the Postal Service out of its financial hole

January 9, 2013 The answer to both the U.S. Postal Service’s financial problems and improving government efficiency could lie in the Internet, according to the USPS inspector general. The IG issued a white paper Tuesday detailing how the agency would use its existing programs and infrastructure to improve online services governmentwide -- known...

U.S. could hit debt ceiling earlier than anticipated, report finds

January 8, 2013 The U.S. government may reach its debt ceiling Feb. 15, two weeks earlier than many had anticipated, according to a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Treasury Department actually reached its borrowing limit on Dec. 31, 2012, according to Secretary Timothy Geithner, but “extraordinary measures” taken by the...

Money isn’t the top motivator for feds

January 7, 2013 Federal managers can improve employee engagement and motivation with non-monetary tactics such as offering workers more independence and a diversity of responsibilities, according to a new study. The Merit Systems Protection Board, an independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal employees, found in its survey of more than 42,000...

TSP board on debt ceiling: No cause for concern

January 7, 2013 Hitting the debt ceiling would not have any long-term effects on the Thrift Saving Plan’s G Fund, despite any temporary investment suspensions, according to the board that manages the retirement savings plan. TSP Executive Director Greg Long issued a statement Monday to remind federal employees the G Fund -- which...

Corruption persists at Customs and Border Protection

January 4, 2013 Nearly 150 Customs and Border Protection officers were arrested or indicted for corruption over the last eight years, a new report has found. A majority of the officers were stationed along the Southwest border, the Government Accountability Office determined. An additional 2,170 were arrested for misconduct in the same time...