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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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Nearly Every Major Agency Has Reduced Furloughs

August 13, 2013 This story has been updated. When sequestration was about to kick in, the Obama administration began a nearly across-the-board campaign to discuss the devastating impact the automatic cuts would have on agency operations. At the center of these warnings stood employee furloughs: mandatory unpaid leave to help each department meet...

Furloughed Fed Wins $1 Million Lottery

August 12, 2013 Melissa Weinmann has had a good week. First, the Defense Department civilian in Pensacola, Fla., learned her furlough days were reduced from 11 to six. Not bad. Days later, she won $1 million after hitting the Powerball lottery. Even better. Weinmann had all five numbers correct on her ticket, according...

Military Pay Will Remain Exempt from Sequestration in 2014

August 12, 2013 Military personnel would once again have their pay exempted from automatic budget cuts at the Defense Department, should Congress fail to enact a plan to avert sequestration in fiscal 2014. President Obama will exempt military personnel accounts from sequestration during the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1, Office of...

HUD Cancels 2 Furlough Days

August 9, 2013 You can add the Housing and Urban Development Department to the list. HUD became the latest agency to trim its furlough days, announcing on Friday that employees must now take only five days of unpaid leave, instead of the previously scheduled seven, by Sept. 30. HUD joins the Defense Department...

Postal Service Still Losing Money, But Less Than Anticipated

August 9, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service posted yet another quarter of losses in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, ending the three-month period $740 million in the red. But in a bit of positive news, this marks the third consecutive quarter in which the Postal Service performed better than it did in...

Pentagon Finalizing Plan to Provide Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses

August 8, 2013 The Defense Department is weighing its options for how to best comply with the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Defense of Marriage Act, according to an Associated Press report. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has issued a memorandum to senior department officials, outlining a plan that could provide same-sex spouses of...

IRS Cancels Another Furlough Day

August 8, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service has canceled a scheduled agencywide furlough day, marking the second time in the last month it has reduced unpaid leave. The IRS will no longer furlough all workers on Aug. 30, as previously planned, acting Commissioner Danny Werfel told employees in a memo. Werfel once again...

Sequester May End Civilian Pensions for Military Retirees

August 8, 2013 Civilians at the Defense Department have had a rough go of it lately, thanks in large part to sequestration. They recently received some good news, however, as Secretary Chuck Hagel shaved the number of furloughs each worker must take, from 11 down to six. The celebrations may be short lived....

Is the Latest Postal Reform Bill Too Much of a Compromise?

August 6, 2013 It is often said around Washington that in order to reach true compromise, parties on both sides of the debate must be unhappy. In that respect, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., have certainly succeeded in finding middle ground on postal reform. The chairman and ranking member of...

Fed Group Wants More Perks, Broader Eligibility for Partial Retirement

August 5, 2013 A federal employee group has asked for more benefits for employees looking to partially retire, a new option allowing feds to work part-time as they ease their way into a full retirement. Partial, or phased, retirement allows eligible federal employees to work half their typical hours, while receiving half of...