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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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House backs unpaid leave for senior execs under investigation

December 19, 2012 A proposal to allow federal agencies to place senior civil servants accused of wrongdoing on unpaid leave cleared the House Wednesday by a 402-2 vote. The Government Employee Accountability Act would allow agencies to put Senior Executive Service employees on unpaid administrative leave for up to 180 days if they...

A less popular fed petition: Actually, don't give us Christmas Eve off

December 19, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. On the heels of an online petition to give federal employees Christmas Eve off passing the threshold to require an official White House response, a new petition has surfaced, asking for...

Postal reps stage hunger strike, pledge 'escalating tactics' on lawmakers

December 18, 2012 Unions representing U.S. Postal Service workers are staging a hunger strike this week to urge Congress to avoid dramatic changes to the mail delivery agency as part of any new legislation in the lame-duck session. The six-day hunger strike -- which started Monday and lasts through Saturday -- is meant...

Federal fundraising drive extends deadline for donations

December 17, 2012 This story has been updated. The Combined Federal Campaign has extended its deadline, now allowing charitable contributions through Dec. 31. CFC -- the federal employees’ annual charity campaign -- originally set Dec. 15 as its deadline for donations. The Office of Personnel Management, which oversees the drive, pointed to a...

Feds force Obama to respond to Christmas Eve petition

December 17, 2012 Update: Obama on Friday, Dec. 21, issued an executive order declaring Christmas Eve 2012 a federal holiday. See our story here. A petition to give federal employees Christmas Eve off has passed the threshold that requires a response from the White House. The petition on the We the People website...

Military personnel exception deepens other sequestration impacts

December 14, 2012 Sparing Defense manpower has put the rest of the military at even greater risk if sequestration takes effect, the nation’s top military officer has reiterated. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision to exempt military personnel from the cuts...

Study: Thousands would lose jobs from NASA, NOAA budget cuts

December 13, 2012 Federal scientific agencies stand to lose thousands of jobs from sequestration, an industry report predicted Thursday. The Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group for government contractors, found in its study that the automatic cuts set to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, unless there is a deficit reduction deal would...

Employee satisfaction dips by record margin, with pay taking biggest plunge

December 13, 2012 Federal employee satisfaction has dropped to a nine-year low, according to a new study. The governmentwide index score measuring satisfaction and commitment to the job was 60.8 out of a possible 100 in the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey conducted by the Partnership for Public...

Supreme Court: Feds can challenge MSPB decisions in federal district court

December 11, 2012 Federal employees can take their discrimination complaints to federal district court after an initial government ruling, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. Previously, employees with complaints involving both unwarranted personnel actions and discrimination -- known as “mixed cases” -- were forced to take their case to the U.S. Court of Appeals...

23,600 employees accept Postal Service buyouts

December 10, 2012 More than 23,000 U.S. Postal Service employees accepted buyouts as of Nov. 28 in the latest round of offers, Federal Times has reported. Those who take the separation incentive will receive $15,000. The Postal Service extended the offer to career employees who are represented by the American Postal Workers Union...