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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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Government Clears Barrier to Hiring Disabled Workers

February 21, 2013 The federal government will no longer require disabled job applicants to present proof of their job readiness, the primary human resources agency has announced. The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule Thursday simplifying the hiring process for applicants with disabilities, saying the move will remove a paperwork burden....

Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue

February 20, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday defended its decision to spend more than $2 million on an upcoming conference, saying the event is an opportunity to grow revenue. USPS is sending 400 employees to the National Postal Forum Conference, an annual event held to educate businesses and mailing industry professionals...

Government Spends Record-High on Union Activity

February 19, 2013 The federal government in 2011 spent more on “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer-funded salaries and work in government offices -- than any year since at least 2002, when the Office of Personnel Management began collecting the data. Union workers cost the federal government more than...

Postal Service Launches 'Smart' Clothing Line

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not every day that the worlds of fashion, feds and technology intersect, but we live in unusual times: The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is launching a new line of apparel and accessories under the brand name “Rain Heat & Snow,” playing off USPS’ unofficial motto “Neither snow nor rain...

Postal Service Launches Clothing Line

February 19, 2013 Getting ready to remake your Spring wardrobe? There’s a new fashion designer about to launch a product line: The U.S. Postal Service. The line of apparel and accessories will fall under brand name “Rain Heat & Snow,” playing off USPS’ unofficial motto “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom...

Obama Decries ‘Meat-Cleaver’ Approach of Sequestration

February 19, 2013 President Obama called for a delay in sequestration on Tuesday to give lawmakers time to reach a budget compromise, describing the across-the-board cuts a major blockade to economic progress. Obama said federal employee furloughs would come at the cost of middle-class taxpayers who rely on a variety of federal programs....

'Juice Is Not Worth the Squeeze' of Merging Two Wildlife Agencies, Report Finds

February 15, 2013 Merging two marine life oversight entities would not be worth the trouble, stakeholders told a watchdog agency, despite the possibility of improving collaboration and saving money. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service provide many similar functions, including protecting endangered marine species and restoring fish and...

Most Sequestration Furloughs Won't Begin Before April

February 14, 2013 Federal employees will not feel the immediate impact of sequestration, should automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 take place, an Obama administration official said Thursday. Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel told the Senate Appropriations Committee that union negotiations would start on March 1,...

Postal Reform Nears End Zone, Lawmakers Say

February 13, 2013 Lawmakers on Wednesday said comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to overhaul the struggling U.S. Postal Service can be approved imminently, possibly by the end of March. “Last Congress we were in the red zone but not the end zone,” said Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. “We...

Public-Sector Workers Rally Against Sequestration

February 12, 2013 Hundreds of public-sector employees gathered with their unions outside the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday for a rally against the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Representatives from the American Federation of Government Employees, a federal workers union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which covers...