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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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Obama to Nominate Katherine Archuleta as OPM Director

May 23, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama will nominate former campaign staffer and Labor Department official Katherine Archuleta to head the Office of Personnel Management, the White House has announced. Archuleta has vast experience in federal government, most recently serving as chief of staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She...

House Panel Backs Greater Oversight of Union Workers with Federal Salaries

May 22, 2013 A bill to require more transparency in the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- cleared a House oversight committee Wednesday. The legislation -- H.R. 568, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. -- calls for the Office...

Pentagon to Exempt Sexual Assault Prevention Workers from Furloughs

May 22, 2013 This story has been updated. The Pentagon will spare civilian sexual assault prevention personnel from mandatory furloughs this year, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reached the decision after the recent arrests of multiple personnel working in sexual assault prevention offices for domestic disputes and sexual...

Feds Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 21, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama told Oklahomans they would "have all the resources they need" as they begin recovery efforts from a series of tornadoes that claimed the lives of several dozen people. Obama declared a disaster in the state, freeing up federal funding and resources to assist...

The Furloughs That Never Came

May 20, 2013 As recently as February, just weeks before sequestration was set to go into effect, nearly every Cabinet-level department had issued warnings of the need to furlough employees in fiscal 2013 due to the across-the-board cuts. With the fiscal year more than halfway over, however, the number of agencies and department...

More Feds Invest in Lifecycle Retirement Funds

May 20, 2013 Nearly 50,000 federal employees have begun investing their retirement savings into lifecycle plans in 2013, appeasing Thrift Savings Plan officials who have long encouraged participants to enroll in the hybrid funds. In January alone, TSP participants transferred $1.5 billion from equity funds to the L funds, which invest in a...

Unions Want FAA to Make Up for Unnecessary Furloughs

May 17, 2013 This story has been updated. Multiple unions representing employees at the Federal Aviation Administration are filing grievances with the agency, attempting to receive paid time off to make up for unnecessary furloughs some employees were forced to take. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association -- which represents 20,000 members --...

Democratic Lawmakers Stand Up for IRS Workers

May 17, 2013 Several Democratic lawmakers expressed sympathy for Internal Revenue Service employees Friday who must now carry the “stigma of corruption” in light of the agency’s recent scandal. While lawmakers from both sides of the aisle spent most of the time at the Ways and Means Committee hearing probing and criticizing IRS...

Postal Service Hopes to Take a Bite Out of Dog Attacks

May 16, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in the past several years, and plans to lose about 150,000 more in next few. But many postal workers face a greater threat on a daily basis: the domesticated canine. And with that in mind, perhaps USPS employees should...

Obama Taps OMB Veteran as Acting IRS Commissioner

May 16, 2013 President Obama has named top financial management official Danny Werfel acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House announced Thursday. Steven Miller stepped down as acting commissioner Wednesday amidst a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups that had applied for tax-exempt status. Werfel, currently the controller...