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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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Most Fed Bonuses Forbidden Under Sequestration

February 28, 2013 Most awards and bonuses given to federal employees would be canceled indefinitely under sequestration, according to a new White House memo. The Office of Management and Budget guidance said “discretionary monetary awards to employees should occur only if legally required until further notice.” OMB released the memo as $85 billion...

Attorney General Perks Include Personal Use of Agency Aircraft

February 28, 2013 The Justice Department spent $11.4 million on executives’ non-mission aircraft travel from 2006 through 2011, nearly a quarter of which was for personal travel. The attorneys general and FBI director serving in this period overwhelmingly accounted for the travel, taking 95 percent of the flights, according to the Government Accountability...

Senator Suggests Cuts to Avoid Pentagon Furloughs

February 27, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called for the Pentagon to eliminate “unnecessary” jobs and programs in an effort to avoid furloughing “essential personnel,” should sequestration take effect March 1. The ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pointed to eight Defense employees who serve on the Board of...

GOP Sequester Alternative Targets Federal Pay, Benefits

February 27, 2013 A Republican lawmaker will propose an alternative to sequestration Thursday, putting off the across-the-board spending cuts with a plan that targets federal employees’ pay and benefits. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., drafted the bill -- the 2013 Sequester Replacement and Spending Reduction Act -- which includes provisions to extend the federal...

Army Squandering Millions on Unreturned Clothing, Equipment

February 26, 2013 The Army lost $20 million over the past six years at just two bases from civilians and contractors not returning clothing and equipment, according to a new report. The Defense Department Inspector General’s Office found the Pentagon has not followed up on a 2010 report calling for stricter oversight of...

Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester

February 25, 2013 Sequestration will not bring furloughs at every agency, as some leaders have said they can reduce their budgets in other areas to avoid requiring employees to take unpaid leave. The Small Business Administration will rely on staff cuts made through early retirements in 2012 to avoid furloughs, should sequestration go...

Union: EPA Will Furlough Employees Six Days in 2013 Under Sequestration

February 22, 2013 Environmental Protection Agency employees would be forced to take six unpaid days of leave before Sept. 30, should sequestration go into effect, according to a union representative. An American Federation of Government Employees leader in Chicago said the furloughs would occur in two waves. Between April 21 and June 15,...

Government Clears Barrier to Hiring Disabled Workers

February 21, 2013 The federal government will no longer require disabled job applicants to present proof of their job readiness, the primary human resources agency has announced. The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule Thursday simplifying the hiring process for applicants with disabilities, saying the move will remove a paperwork burden....

Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue

February 20, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday defended its decision to spend more than $2 million on an upcoming conference, saying the event is an opportunity to grow revenue. USPS is sending 400 employees to the National Postal Forum Conference, an annual event held to educate businesses and mailing industry professionals...

Government Spends Record-High on Union Activity

February 19, 2013 The federal government in 2011 spent more on “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer-funded salaries and work in government offices -- than any year since at least 2002, when the Office of Personnel Management began collecting the data. Union workers cost the federal government more than...