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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 announces plan to end Saturday mail delivery

February 6, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery -- but maintain six-day delivery for packages -- effective the week of Aug. 5, the agency announced Wednesday. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the new schedule will save the Postal Service $2 billion annually. It will cut 45 million work hours...

Satisfaction with federal services on the rise thanks to e-gov

February 6, 2013 The federal government remains the lowest rated economic sector in the country, despite two consecutive years of improved ratings, according to a new report. The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey found approval of federal government services rose 2.2 percent to a score of 68.4 out of 100. The score ranked...

Obama signs debt ceiling suspension, ‘No Budget, No Pay’ into law

February 5, 2013 President Obama has signed Congress’ temporary debt ceiling suspension into law, including the “No Budget, No Pay” provision. The law will lift the current debt limit of $16.4 trillion through May 18, allowing the federal government to continue borrowing to pay its bills until then. It also prohibits lawmakers from...

Record numbers feel threatened by government

February 4, 2013 A majority of Americans believe the federal government “threatens [their] personal rights and freedoms,” according to a Pew Research Center poll. This marks a record high and it is the first time more than 50 percent said they think government infringes upon their rights since Pew began asking the question...

TSA’s bomb-sniffing dogs could be doing more, report finds

February 1, 2013 The Transportation Security Administration collects data on its bomb-sniffing canine program but is not analyzing the data to determine what is working well and what is not, according to a new report. “Such analyses could help TSA to determine canine teams' proficiency, inform future deployment efforts, and help ensure that...

Around Government

February 1, 2013 The Midas Touch High-tech arm helps veteran amputees regain fine motor skills. New technology reminiscent of the robotics in the iconic Star Wars movies is coming to life through the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Since 2006, DARPA has conducted research at the Defense and...

Federal managers retain wrong employees, feds say

January 31, 2013 Federal employees worry their agencies are allowing their best employees to leave public service while retaining poor performers, according to a new report. Less than a quarter of federal workers believe their organization “addresses poor performers effectively,” the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a workforce survey. Only 41 percent...

Servicewomen’s health care needs mostly met, report finds

January 30, 2013 The Defense Department is providing adequate health care for servicewomen preparing for deployment as well as those already deployed, according to new reports. Most military assessments of medical readiness are gender neutral, the Government Accountability Office found, though some are specific to women. For example, the Pentagon considers pregnancy and...

Alleged TSA favoritism and hostile work environment under probe

January 30, 2013 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will launch an evaluation of the Transportation Security Administration’s work environment after complaints of hostility and poor management, EEOC announced. The federal anti-discrimination agency will conduct its own investigation following an October report from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. DHS is TSA’s parent agency....

LaHood to step down as Transportation secretary

January 29, 2013 Ray LaHood will not serve a second term in President Obama’s Cabinet, the Transportation secretary announced Tuesday. LaHood, one of the few Republicans in Obama’s Cabinet, said he will stay in his position until his successor is confirmed. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the department,...