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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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Live-tweeting war

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Often mundane social networking service Twitter is taking on what may be its weightiest subject yet: bombing raids. @IDFSpokesperson, the official, verified Twitter account of the Israeli Defense Forces, has provided information in real time to its more than 100,000 followers about its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, targeting...

Postal Service announces a record $16 billion loss in fiscal 2012

November 15, 2012 This story has been updated. The U.S. Postal Service lost nearly $16 billion in fiscal 2012, the agency announced Thursday, marking the sixth consecutive year of losses. The $15.9 billion total loss exceeded estimates of $15 billion. USPS lost $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011 and $8.5 billion in 2010. The...

USPS pension surplus looks much smaller than originally thought

November 14, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service has repeatedly pointed to an $11 billion surplus in its pension funds as a key to returning the agency to solvency. As it turns out, the surplus might be much smaller than projected. The Office of Personnel Management Direct John Berry said in a letter to...

Sandy's Heroes Win Health Benefits

November 14, 2012 Many of the part-time disaster assistance employees deployed in response to Superstorm Sandy have been working without the benefit of federal health insurance coverage. Last week that changed, as we reported. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday made the change official with the publication of an interim final rule...

MSPB targets paychecks of managers who don’t comply with its decisions

November 13, 2012 The most significant regulations update in the history of the Merit Systems Protection Board went into effect Tuesday, with the goal of ensuring that federal agencies enforce its rulings. The independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal employees, expanded its authority to crack down on agencies that fall out...

Issa holds out hope for postal reform this Congress

November 12, 2012 This story has been updated. A top House Republican remains optimistic that the lame-duck session of Congress will approve a comprehensive reform of the U.S. Postal Service. A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Government Executive that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman is hopeful Congress will work...

Vets face delays in receiving benefits due to lack of records

November 12, 2012 The U.S. military has done an inadequate job of maintaining field records from activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, according on a joint investigative report from ProPublica and Seattle Times, increasing the difficulty for many veterans to receive benefits upon their return. The report pointed to U.S. Central Command in Iraq...

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?”...