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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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GAO to USPS: You Still Have to Deliver Mail Six Days a Week

March 21, 2013 A requirement the U.S. Postal Service deliver mail six days a week still applies to the agency under current law, according to a Government Accountability Office decision. Argument to the contrary “rests upon a faulty USPS premise,” GAO said. What this decision will mean for the Postal Service’s plan to...

Unlike Some Benefits, Sequester Is Here to Stay

March 21, 2013 Remember the days when everyone from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., called sequestration bad policy, and President Obama said it “will not happen”? Oh, how far we have come. The across-the-board spending cuts are already in effect, and federal employee furloughs are all but certain....

House Committee Approves a Pair of Bills Targeting Federal Tax Cheats

March 20, 2013 A House oversight committee passed two bills Wednesday targeting federal employees and contractors who are delinquent on their taxes, sending both pieces of legislation to the House floor for a full vote. The 2013 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act would allow the government to fire federal employees who fail to...

How Exactly Will Ending Saturday Mail Delivery Save Money?

March 19, 2013 Two lawmakers have condemned the U.S. Postal Service for failing to respond to a request for more details on a schedule change that would end Saturday mail delivery. USPS said it has already provided adequate information. On Jan. 31, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., sent a...

Senator Tells Feds to Keep Fighting for a Better 2014

March 18, 2013 Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., pleaded with federal employees Monday to continue defending public service, telling a group of U.S. Census workers it is a “fight worth fighting.” “Stand up for what you believe in,” Cardin said at the town hall meeting in suburban Maryland. “Don’t let them pick on the...

GAO to Review White House Sequestration Approach

March 18, 2013 The Government Accountability Office will issue an agency-by-agency review of sequestration planning and implementation, according to Federal News Radio. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., chairman of the House Budget Committee, requested the review in a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro earlier this month. Ryan asked GAO to monitor the Obama...

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Return FERS Surplus to Postal Service

March 15, 2013 Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has proposed a bill to return surplus pension funds to the U.S. Postal Service, saying the move will help the cash-strapped agency meet its financial obligations. The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the...

African Americans Still Face Obstacles in Federal Workplace, Report Finds

March 15, 2013 African Americans still face discrimination and fewer opportunities in the federal workplace, according to a new report. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission work group found unconscious biases, insufficient training and mentoring and outdated recruiting and hiring practices have stymied African Americans in federal government. In 2010, EEOC began asking various...

Unions Bargain for Voluntary Furloughs

March 14, 2013 Federal employee unions are negotiating with agencies across government to allow workers to volunteer to take unpaid leave in the face of sequestration. “We’re getting emails and inquiries from employees who are interested in doing that,” Colleen M Kelley, the National Treasury Employees Union president told Government Executive, adding agencies...

Postal Service Should Consider Larger Role for Private Sector, Report Says

March 14, 2013 An outside proposal to cut the U.S. Postal Service’s operational expenses in half by outsourcing many services to the private sector is worth considering, a non-profit organization said in a report. But many outstanding concerns must first be addressed. The National Academy of Public Administration -- a congressionally chartered, independent...