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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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Agencies Must Provide Better Protection for Sexual Assault Victims, OPM Says

February 12, 2013 All federal agencies must in the coming months write or update their policies for responding to employees who have committed or been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM’s memo comes after President Obama’s April 2012 guidance requiring the...

Poll: Americans Think Private Sector Works Harder Than Public Sector

February 11, 2013 Two-thirds of Americans think private-sector employees work harder than those in government, according to a new survey. Seven percent of respondents said public-sector employees work harder, while 25 percent were not sure. Respondents also said government workers have more job security and earn higher salaries than their private-sector counterparts. The...

More Feds Appealing Poor Performance Reviews

February 8, 2013 More federal employees filed complaints based on performance reviews in 2012 than in years past, while the overall number of complaints went down, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. MSPB -- an independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal workers -- found in its annual report the number...

Postal Service loses $1.3 billion in first quarter of fiscal 2013

February 8, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service on Friday announced a $1.3 billion loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, despite record sales from the holiday period. USPS actually ran an operational surplus of $100 million for the quarter, which lasted from Oct. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. But ultimately it...

GOP Lawmakers Want More Oversight of Union Workers With Federal Salaries

February 7, 2013 A group of Republican lawmakers is calling for more transparency in the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- proposing a bill to require an annual report detailing its use. The legislation -- H.R. 568, sponsored by...

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...