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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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Part-time FEMA workers now eligible for health care benefits

November 9, 2012 Part-time emergency employees deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have won federal health benefits, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim final rule, obtained by Government Executive, to expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to part-time workers with...

TSA workers ratify first labor contract

November 9, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration employees ratified their first ever collective bargaining agreement Friday, according to a federal union. TSA negotiated with the American Federation of Government Employees and reached a tentative agreement on the agency’s first every labor contract in August. “AFGE is proud that TSA workers finally have a...

Holder weighing second term as attorney general

November 8, 2012 Eric Holder may not remain in his position as attorney general for a second term, the nation’s top prosecutor told a law school audience Thursday, according to CBS News. “[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do?”...

Union matches donations to federal Sandy victims

November 8, 2012 A federal employees union will match donations up to $25,000 to assist workers affected by Superstorm Sandy, the group has announced. The donations will go to employees at agencies represented the National Treasury Employees Union, the largest independent federal union. NTEU will match donations made to its fund at the...

Feds still responding to Sandy as next storm hits

November 7, 2012 This story has been updated. The federal government continued to boost its support this week to areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, even as it braced for another storm on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $250 million in assistance to 277,000 individuals for housing and other...

GOP lawmakers say ‘thousands’ of military votes will not be counted

November 6, 2012 Several Republican lawmakers have voiced concern about the system members of the military use to vote, claiming the slow mail process will cause thousands of ballots to not be counted. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John McCain, R-Ariz., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter...

More than 100 former lawmakers receiving six-figure pensions

November 5, 2012 One in six federal lawmakers currently earns at least $100,000 annually from pensions, according to Freedom of Information Act data received by Federal Times. The average annual pension -- from data collected during three decades -- for former congressmen and senators is much lower, coming in at $49,412. Two retired...

USPS in ‘emergency’ mode to deliver ballots from states hit by Sandy

November 2, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service is invoking “emergency operation plans” to ensure every absentee ballot is delivered on time for the election Tuesday, a spokeswoman has confirmed. “We regularly deliver mail in adverse conditions and, therefore, where it’s safe to do so, USPS will continue to deliver the mail in areas...

Postal Service debuts self-service kiosks

November 2, 2012 The Postal Service is adding new self-service kiosks as part of an ongoing effort to grow business and increase revenues, the agency has announced. The kiosks will have improved screens and include a self-scanning feature, designed to ease the process for customers waiting in line. USPS will employ lobby assistants...

Around Government

November 1, 2012 Dishin’ Out Soft Power State Department chef serves up meals as part of the United States’ new culinary diplomatic corps. Jason Larkin commands the kitchen of diplomacy. As the chef for the State Department, he’s in charge of preparing culinary concoctions for the many visiting diplomats and heads of state...