AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 2081-2090 of 2334

Not Everyone Hates Sequestration

March 14, 2013 While most in government -- from President Obama to agency heads to front-line workers to lawmakers to contractors -- have decried the across-the-board spending cuts of sequestration, a select few could actually benefit from them. Here are some examples: Premium pay executives: Premium pay is offered to certain federal employees...

Postal Service Turns to Six-Hour Shifts to Reduce Costs

March 13, 2013 Six has been a critical number for the U.S. Postal Service lately. In February, the Postmaster General announced USPS was cutting Saturday mail delivery, going from a six-day to a five-day schedule. The House passed a government funding bill Wednesday that included the rider “six-day delivery…shall continue,” calling into question...

TSA Will Avoid Furloughs for Now, Union Says

March 13, 2013 The Transportation Security Administration will not furlough employees for the time being, a union official said Wednesday. TSA will instead rely on hiring freezes and eliminating overtime hours to meet sequestration cuts, according to Stacy Bodtmann, an American Federation of Government Employees official who represents TSA employees. Sequestration will still...

Union Cries Foul Over Navy’s Furlough Exemptions

March 12, 2013 A union representing federal employees has charged the Navy with circumventing Defense Department guidance and exempting civilian managers from sequestration furloughs, though Navy officials denied any wrongdoing. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers pointed to...

IRS Sees Spike in Feds Who Owe Uncle Sam

March 11, 2013 This story has been updated. Nearly 312,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in back taxes in 2011, according to The Associated Press. The number of tax delinquent feds marks a 12 percent jump from 2010, when 279,000 employees owed $3.4 billion. Feds have a delinquency rate...

Some Lawmakers Gave Staff Bonuses as Fiscal Cliff Loomed

March 11, 2013 Nearly a quarter of House lawmakers gave bonuses to their staff in the months leading up to expected tax hikes and spending cuts dubbed the fiscal cliff, according to a CNN report. Representatives from both parties defended the late 2012 bonuses as a reward for good work and an incentive...

USDA Doesn’t Pay for the Wine-Tasting Anyway

March 8, 2013 The Agriculture Department does not fund or host either of two conferences a Republican lawmaker highlighted as an example of potential agency savings to avoid employee furloughs, USDA officials have said. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in the most recent in a string of letters sent to the Obama administration regarding...

Lawmakers Propose Lower Cap on USPS Executive Pay

March 7, 2013 A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has proposed a bill to lower the maximum compensation for U.S. Postal Service executives. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., authored the bill, which would reduce maximum pay to level II of the Executive Schedule, or $178,700. Currently, the maximum salary for Postal Service employees is level...

Continuing Resolution Muddies USPS Plan to End Saturday Delivery

March 7, 2013 The House has included a provision in the continuing resolution to fund government for the remainder of fiscal 2013 to mandate six-day mail delivery, posing a possible snag in the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to eliminate Saturday letter delivery. The continuing resolution, which the House passed Wednesday, made reference to...

Senator to USDA: Cancel Wine Tastings Before Furloughing Food Inspectors

March 5, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has called for the Agriculture Department to cut conference spending to avoid employee furloughs, the latest in a series of suggestions stemming from the lawmaker’s ongoing effort to “prioritize” sequestration cuts. Coburn pointed to two conferences in particular -- the California Small Farm Conference and the...