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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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OPM Proposes Extending Fed Health Benefits to Same Sex Partners

April 11, 2013 The Obama administration has proposed to expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to domestic partners -- including both opposite- and same-sex couples -- as part of sweeping changes to the program. The Office of Personnel Management announced its proposals at a congressional hearing Thursday, saying the initiatives would improve...

Senior Execs and Their Employees Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Promotions

April 11, 2013 High-level managers in federal government are significantly more satisfied with their jobs than the rest of the workforce, according to a new report. Members of the Senior Executive Service averaged an index score of 82.6 out of 100 in overall job satisfaction, according to the Partnership for Public Service survey,...

Obama Budget Calls for Postage Rate Hike, Other USPS Reforms

April 10, 2013 President Obama outlined an overhaul to the U.S. Postal Service as part of his budget proposal Wednesday, calling for more flexibility to adjust to the agency’s “changing marketplace.” The proposal includes a change to USPS’ retiree health benefits prefunding requirements and allows for a one-time postal rate increase, to be...

Postal Service Reverses Plans to End Saturday Mail Delivery

April 10, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service has canceled its plans to end Saturday mail delivery on the heels of a congressional mandate to continue with a six-day schedule, the agency announced Wednesday. USPS’ Board of Governors reached the decision during an April 9 meeting. In its spending bill to fund government for...

Mailing Experts Hit Capitol Hill as Lawmakers Negotiate Postal Reform

April 9, 2013 A House oversight subcommittee was set to hear from a wide variety of U.S. Postal Service business partners at a hearing Wednesday, as lawmakers continued to negotiate an overhaul to the agency. Representatives from saturation mail companies, trade publications, daily newspapers and postal trade groups were slated to share their...

OPM to Agencies: Create Personal Advocates for Civilians Returning from Combat Zones

April 8, 2013 All federal agencies should create a single point of contact to assist civilian employees returning home from war zones, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act called for the establishment of a Post-Combat Case Coordinator at each agency. The coordinator should help...

Obama: Budget Will Reduce the Deficit Without 'Aimless, Reckless' Cuts

April 8, 2013 President Obama’s budget -- set to be released Wednesday -- will grow the nation’s economy while reducing its deficit without “self-inflicted wounds from Washington” like sequestration, Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. Obama highlighted the deficit reduction his administration has already enacted and said his budget would create $2...

Obama’s Budget Targets COLAs, Federal Retirement Benefits

April 5, 2013 President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal will include a less generous formula for calculating federal retirees’ cost of living adjustments, and ask federal employees to make higher contributions to their retirement pensions, a senior Obama administration official has informed members of Congress. The official said Obama would agree to a chained...

More Officials Dock Their Pay in Solidarity With Feds

April 4, 2013 A growing cast of lawmakers and public officials exempt from sequestration cuts have announced they will take voluntary pay cuts in solidarity with federal employees facing mandatory furloughs. Secretary of State John Kerry joined the ranks of Cabinet secretaries to forfeit salary Thursday, with the State Department announcing he will...

Deciding Who Gets Furloughed Is a Sticky Wicket

April 4, 2013 Congress has asked the Pentagon to shoulder about half the spending cuts resulting from sequestration, more than $40 billion, in the remainder of fiscal 2013. For months, the Defense Department has been wrestling with how and where to implement the cuts. Budget leaders were given some extra flexibility recently, when...