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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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Unemployment Compensation for Furloughed Feds?

May 31, 2013 Some federal employees will take week-long furloughs in an attempt to collect unemployment insurance, according to a CNN report. A union local in Philadelphia -- an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers -- has negotiated with Navy officials to allow the bunched furloughs, rather than the...

Proposals Would Broaden Sensitive Positions and Change Appeal Rights

May 30, 2013 The Obama administration has proposed a rule to expand the definition of federal positions designated as “sensitive,” causing backlash among whistleblower advocates who say the change will deny rights to those who speak out against bad governance. The Office of Personnel Management and Office of the Director of National Intelligence...

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

May 30, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency has cut three furlough days from the total its employees must take, according to an internal memo. The change will go into effect during the second phase of unpaid leave -- from June 16 through Sept. 30 -- and will bring the total number of furlough...

What Would Happen if the Postal Service and FEHBP Part Ways?

May 30, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service wants to be left alone. It wants to be administered by its own board of governors, make its own decisions on how many days a week to deliver mail and set its own product prices. It also wants to run its own health care plan. Currently,...

House Committee Leaves 2014 Federal Pay Raise on the Table

May 29, 2013 A House spending committee has cleared two separate appropriations bills that did not include a 2014 pay raise for civilian federal employees, but did not reject the notion entirely. The House Appropriations Committee has approved bills to fund the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, both of which leave open...

Agencies Post Job Openings Despite Sequester

May 29, 2013 A job posting is not a hire, according the federal government human resources’ agency, and searching for new talent is critical despite severe budget cuts. The Office of Personnel Management made the assertion after a Washington Times report found that many federal agencies are hiring despite the across-the-board spending cuts...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Offers Buyouts to Avoid Furloughs

May 28, 2013 The Broadcasting Board of Governors has begun to offer agencywide buyouts as part of efforts to avoid mandatory unpaid leave. “Buyouts are one of the ways we are working to avoid furloughs and absorb the budget cuts under sequestration,” said Tish King, a BBG spokeswoman. The buyouts will be worth...

It Takes A Village

May 28, 2013 Lean times call for bold ideas at the U.S. Postal Service. The agency has faced a tough task over the last few years, fulfilling its obligation to provide universal delivery service while racking up record losses in mail volume and revenue. In practice, this means reaching more than 150 million...

A Forced 4-Day Weekend for 1 in 20 Feds

May 24, 2013 Several federal agencies have shuttered their doors Friday, opting to take departmentwide furlough days to reach the cuts required by sequestration. The Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development Department, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Management and Budget have forced all their employees to simultaneously take unpaid leave....

Older Feds Less Likely to Use Strengths at Work

May 24, 2013 Young federal employees are more likely than older federal employees to use their strengths in the workplace, according to a new study. Eighty-five percent of feds age 18 to 29 “use their strength to do what they do best every day,” while only 77 percent of workers age 65 and...